Comprehensive Bat Acoustic Training Courses
This course is offered by WCS Canada, taught by Cori Lausen and delivered July 8 - 12, 2019 in Saskatoon, SK.
Registration is available here.
This course is a well-rounded 5 day course that starts with the basics of bat acoustics and bat detector technology. It includes species identification with an overview of North American species, and through in-field practice, additional in-depth acoustic ID of species in whatever location the course is located (e.g., northwest region, northeast region, etc.).
The analysis component of this course includes practice of workflow patterns, starting with raw files, using autoidentification software, and then doing manual vetting. The end product is quick and easy pivot-tables and histogram creation in Excel for reporting.
This course will provide a foundation for those participating in the North American Bat Monitoring Program and will thus include a section on site selection and deployment instructions for passive stations and mobile transects. There will be an overview of all major types of bat detectors with focus on Wildlife Acoustics and Titley Scientific products. On several nights there will be hands-on practice in the field actively recording bats.