It’s time to reserve your place at one of BCI’s 2008 Bat Conservation and Management Workshops in Arizona, California or Pennsylvania. These intensive, six-day sessions offer an unmatched opportunity for professionals and serious amateurs to learn the latest bat research and management techniques and gain invaluable experience in the field.
The workshops feature lectures and discussions, field trips to examine bat habitat and hands-on training in capturing and identifying diverse bat species. Learn how to set and maintain mist nets and harp traps and to utilize radio-tracking, night-vision observation and habitat assessment in bat research. The schedule:
• An Arizona workshop in the Chiricahua Mountains provides a biodiversity unequalled anywhere else in North America. You can capture and examine as many as 18 bat species in a single evening, then watch endangered long-nosed bats visit hummingbird feeders at your front door. We will stay at the American Museum of Natural History’s famous Southwestern Research Station.
Two sessions: May 20-25 and May 25-30, 2008. Each session limited to 16 people.
Departure city: Tucson, AZ. Cost: $1,395.
• A California workshop focuses on 14 species of bats in the Pacific Northwest. The unique lava formations at Lava Beds National Monument provide an unsurpassed opportunity to see how variations in cave environments impact bats’ roosting behavior. We will set nets and traps at ice cave entrances, over wet meadows and in mixed pine forests. Workshop lodging is tucked between the Tule Lake and Lower Klamath National Wildlife Refuges, with an exceptionally diverse community of waterfowl.
One session: July 19-24, 2008. Limited to 20 people.
Departure city: Medford, OR. Cost: $1,395.
• At ourPennsylvania workshop, we will net and trap bats over trout streams and beaver ponds, observe endangered Indiana myotis swarming at a mine entrance and watch 20,000 little brown myotis return to their roost at a restored church. Workshop co-leader Cal Butchkoski of the Pennsylvania Game Commission is a leading expert on surveying and radio-tracking Indiana bats, as well as one of America’s most successful builders of bat houses and other artificial roosts. Workshop headquarters are at historic Greene Hills Manor.
One session: August 17-22, 2008. Limited to 20 people.
Departure city: Harrisburg, PA. Cost: $1,395.
2008 Acoustic Monitoring Workshop
In response to many requests, BCI is offering an acoustic-monitoring workshop at California’s Lava Beds National Monument. This session will cover hardware and software, including Anabat, Pettersson and SonoBat equipment, and participants will learn details of call identification and strategies for setting up an acoustic monitoring program.
The workshop combines discussions of current research with hands-on demonstrations and fieldwork. Each night, we will capture bats and develop call libraries. BCI will have equipment available, but participants are encouraged to bring their own systems. This is an advanced workshop designed for graduates of previous BCI workshops or experienced bat workers.
One session: July 24-29, 2008. Limited to 20 people.
Departure city: Medford, OR. Cost: $1,595.