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December 2011, Volume 9, Number 12
BCI's 2012 Workshops

Learn the latest techniques for bat research and conservation, for using bat detectors or for conducting cutting-edge surveys and monitoring by attending a Bat Conservation International workshop. BCI has been conducting professional-level field-training workshops since 1991. More than 1,560 biologists, wildlife managers, educators, students and serious bat fans have experienced these intense six-day sessions. Many have gone on to lead bat-related work in government agencies, universities, consulting firms, zoos, parks and elsewhere.

You can share the remarkable learning experience of a 2012 BCI workshop by reserving your place now. Workshops will be conducted in:

• Portal, Arizona: The Chiricahua Mountains offer extraordinary biodiversity in landscapes that range from deserts to high-country forest. We will capture and examine up to 18 bat species.

• Tulelake, California: Unique lava formations at Lava Beds National Monument include varied cave environments used by bats. Mist nets and harp traps should yield up to 14 bat species.

• Barree, Pennsylvania: The rolling farmlands of central Pennsylvania, where bats have long roosted in barns, attics and old buildings, is a leading center of artificial-roost development. These sessions emphasize White-nose Syndrome and resolving bat/human conflicts.

Because of the threat of White-nose Syndrome, participants at all BCI workshops will learn and follow approved decontamination guidelines. Fees cover course materials, lodging and transportation in the field. The schedule for 2012:

Bat Conservation and Management Workshops

Learn the latest bat-research techniques through lectures, field trips and hands-on experience using mist nets, harp traps, radiotracking gear and bat detectors. Lectures cover habitat assessment, conservation challenges, management, conflict resolution and much more. These sessions are invaluable to researchers, wildlife professionals, educators, consultants and serious bat aficionados.

Course fee: $1,595

Arizona: May 7-12, May 13-18; California: July 6-11; Pennsylvania:  August 17-22.


Advanced Capture Techniques Workshops

These sessions explore both contact and noncontact strategies for conducting bat inventories and survey programs. Techniques include netting, passive bat-detector monitoring, video monitoring, active acoustic monitoring and mobile acoustic transect inventory plans. The course is designed for wildlife biologists, researchers, and consultants who will be implementing bat-monitoring programs.

Course fee: $1,595

Arizona: May 19-23; Pennsylvania: August 23-27.

Acoustic Monitoring Workshop

Designed for biologists, consultants and researchers, this workshop provides direct experience with cutting-edge technologies. Learn techniques for collecting, recording and analyzing bat calls from AnaBat/AnaLook and SonoBat software developers Chris Corben and Joe Szewczak. The course covers heterodyne, frequency-division, time-expansion and direct-recording techniques.

Course fee: $1,795

California: July 12-17

For more information, please visit www.batcon.org/workshops.

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BCI's 2012 Workshops
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