North American Venue for 2013: Arizona
BCI's Acoustic Monitoring Workshop will be conducted this year at the American Museum of Natural History's Southwestern Research Station, outside Portal, Arizona. This workshop is designed for biologists, consultants and researchers seeking hands-on, guided experience with cutting-edge technologies for recording and analyzing echolocation calls. Experienced instructors offer a comprehensive curriculum covering heterodyne, frequency-division, time-expansion and direct-recording detecting using AnaBat, Pettersson and BAT equipment. Students learn to use their own equipment more effectively and to choose proper protocols and platforms for designing an acoustic-inventory project.
Because of the threat of White-nose Syndrome, participants at all BCI workshops will learn and follow approved decontamination guidelines. Workshop participants must read and sign the "WNS Decontamination Agreement" available below.
One Session: June 4-9, 2013
Payment & Registration
The fine print - IMPORTANT:
The cost of the workshop covers course materials, food, lodging and all transportation in the field. Applicants must make their own travel arrangements to and from the workshop site. Participants are encouraged to carpool and BCI will facilitate connecting those wishing to ride-share. Single-room occupancy accommodations are not available. Housing is dormitory style with 4 - 6 people sharing a room.
For participants who choose to handle wild bats during this workshop, rabies pre-exposure vaccinations or proof of sufficient titer are required. For information on obtaining this vaccine, contact your local health department, travel clinic or personal physician. Prices for the vaccine series (3 separate injections) vary from state to state but can cost at least $250 per shot. Please plan accordingly for this additional expense. See "Information about bats and rabies" below for information about the rabies vaccine.
Registration for this workshop is on a first-come, first-served basis. The Acoustic Monitoring Workshop frequently fills early, so be sure to submit your form(s) as soon as possible. Submission instructions are provided on the registration forms provided below. Once your registration materials have been received, you will be sent an email confirmation (within 5 business days) along with a request to provide a $300 deposit to hold your spot. The confirmation email will also provide detailed information on payment options and deadlines. For more information contact the Workshops Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 512-327-9721.
Additional information and forms:
Pre-exposure rabies vaccination info
WNS decontamination agreement
Scholarship information and application form
Alternative paper registration form
Packing list and travel tips
Release of Liability form
Transportation and lodging form
Emergency contact form
ALL refunds regardless of payment method will be charged a 10% administrative surcharge. Cancellations made 45 days prior to the workshop will be granted a refund. Participants cancelling after this deadline will only be granted a refund if BCI is able to fill the spot in the workshop. Cancellations must be in writing and sent via e-mail, post or FAX and are effective upon receipt.