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BATS Magazine

January 2010, Volume 8, Issue 1

Hone Your Skills

BCI field workshops are an exciting way to sharpen your bat-research skills and learn new ones by taking to the field for netting, examining and identifying bats under the guidance of veteran professionals. The 2010 schedule for the six-day, five-night workshops features sessions in Arizona, California and Pennsylvania. The number of openings for each workshop is very limited, so sign up now.
More than 1,500 participants from around the United States, Canada and 21 other nations have attended BCI workshops since 1991. Many used their workshop experience to help them become leaders in bat research and conservation.
Because of the threat of White-nose Syndrome, participants at all BCI workshops will learn and strictly follow approved decontamination guidelines throughout each session.
The Bat Conservation and Management Workshops blend lectures, discussions and field trips with hands-on experience using mist nets, harp traps, radiotracking gear and bat detectors. You’ll also learn about habitat assessment, conservation challenges, management, conflict resolution and much more. Each location features remarkable scenery, diverse bat species and an array of other wildlife.
The schedule:
Arizona (Chiricahua Mountains) – May 28-June 2, June 3-8
California (Lava Beds National Monument) – July 30-August 4
Central Pennsylvania – August 27-September 1
An Acoustic Monitoring Workshop August 5-10 at Lava Beds National Monument in northern California provides direct experience in collecting, recording and analyzing bat calls in the field with varied equipment and software.
Fees of $1,395 per person for the Bat Conservation and Management workshops and $1,595 for the Acoustic Monitoring Workshop cover course materials, food, lodging and all transportation in the field. Applicants must make their own travel arrangements to and from the workshop site.
For more information and to register online, please visit

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