Time is running out to sign up for a unique outdoor experience this summer – a BCI Bat Conservation and Management Workshop. Attendance at each of the four workshops – in Arizona, California and Pennsylvania – is strictly limited, so don’t put off registering.
These intense, six-day sessions in stunning natural landscapes are designed to introduce wildlife professionals and serious amateurs to the latest bat-research and management techniques. The workshops emphasize hands-on training in humanely capturing and identifying bats, as well as classroom lectures on current bat-conservation issues and field trips to varied bat habitats.
Arizona: Two workshops (May 20-25 and 25-30) explore the Chiricahua Mountains, with a biodiversity that’s unequalled anywhere else in North America. We expect to capture as many as 18 bat species in a single evening, then watch endangered long-nosed bats visit hummingbird feeders near our living quarters at the American Museum of Natural History’s famous Southwestern Research Station. Learn about western bats, echolocation calls, bat conservation, public health, artificial habitats and much more.
California: Our northern California workshop (July 19-24) focuses on bats of the Pacific Northwest. Set amid the unique lava formations of Lava Beds National Monument, this session examines how variations in cave environments uniquely impact where bats roost. With our mist nets and harp traps set at ice caves, water resources, wet meadows and mixed pine forests, we should encounter about 14 bat species. Lodging is tucked between the Tule Lake and Lower Klamath National Wildlife Refuges, with exceptional bird-watching and photography.
Pennsylvania: Eastern bats and their habitats take center stage at the Pennsylvania workshop (August 17-22). We’ll capture bats over trout streams and beaver ponds, watch endangered Indiana myotis swarming at a mine entrance and see 20,000 little brown myotis in a spectacular dawn return to their roost at a restored church. Our expert instructors share the latest knowledge on all aspects of bat conservation, management, education and public health and nuisance issues.
The cost of each workshop is $1,395, which includes food and lodging but not airfare. Some limited scholarships are available. To reserve your spot at a 2008 BCI Field Workshop, please visit http://www.batcon.org and click ‘Get Involved,’ or contact Kari Gaukler at firstname.lastname@example.org