2017 Bat Echolocation Symposium
Learning To Listen
Don’t miss out on the 2nd International Symposium on Bat Echolocation Research: Tools, Techniques, and Analysis at the Westward Look Wyndham Resort in Tucson AZ.
Register now for the Symposium and related Field Events scheduled for Sunday, March 26 - Saturday, April 1
This must-attend event is a follow-up to the Bat Echolocation Research Symposium held in Austin, TX in April 2002 and will highlight important advances in the tools, techniques, and analysis for bat echolocation research and monitoring. The Symposium will feature keynote speakers, plenary sessions, poster presentations, break-out working group sessions, and opportunities to learn more about the new equipment and software to record echolocation calls of bats in the field.·
Anyone tasked with using bat detectors to study, inventory, or monitor bats will rocket up the learning curve for understanding advances in this complex and rapidly evolving technology. This Symposium is also ideal for agency personnel, land-managers, and policy-makers who design and evaluate habitat conservation plans based on acoustic bat surveys, and for anyone designing citizen-science projects using bat detectors. Don't miss out on this opportunity to advance your knowledge on this important subject.
Researchers from North America and around the world will share their findings about significant advances in the study of echolocation and acoustic monitoring studies during a schedule of 5-full days of presentations, break-out sessions, and related evening programs right on the Symposium property. Over 20-species of bats can be found in Tucson, many of which will be migrating back to the area at this time, including nectar-feeding bats that visit hummingbird feeders. Conference registrants may participate by sharing their research during oral presentations or poster sessions, join in working group activities to contribute to comprehensive echolocation survey guidelines handbook, and receive hands-on experience with bat detectors, analysis software, and monitoring techniques during evening practicums.
Register for the meeting, and then to reserve a room for the meeting please read the Lodging information section elsewhere on this page.
Echolabs: Exhibitors will have opportunities to demonstrate their latest equipment for active, passive, and mobile transect echolocation recording and monitoring in addition to software advances for the analysis and identification of recordings. Certain Echolabs may require signing up during the Symposium, check with the registration desk for those signup sheets. Additional meetings are planned concurrently, so please see the agenda for details and plan accordingly. There is no charge to participate in Echolabs.
Active Monitoring Echolab: Chris Corben, inventor of the ubiquitous AnaBat system and developer of the Analook viewer software, and Dr. Joe Szewczak, developer of the full-spectrum classifier SonoBat and SonoBatLIVE, will lead simultaneous active monitoring trips. Chris and Joe will share their decades of knowledge offering up tips and methods for better recordings, identifying bats on the wing, and making the connection between bat behavior and the call shapes appearing on screen. Additionally, they will demonstrate typical short term passive detector deployments and the key considerations to maximize recording productivity and recording quality for achieving confident results. BYOD! (Bring Your Own Detector- sponsored by Bat Conservation and Management. who can assist you with all the common devices available. Available for sign up during symposium registration for Monday, or Wednesday nights. Chris and Joe are available for 1:1 on Thursday after the banquet. Space is limited, preregister for an evening by emailing John Chenger (be sure to indicate which night Mon or Wed and which instructor Anabat Chris or Sonobat Joe).
Wildlife Acoustics Echo Meter Touch 2 Lab: Dr. Cori Lausen from the Wildlife Conservation Society Canada will be leading an active monitoring excursion outdoors to capture live calls and learn how to substantially increase their ability to identify calls to the species level in real-time.. Available for sign up during symposium registration for Monday night. Space is limited, preregister by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org .
Data Crunching EchoLab: 100 years of data crushing experience in training workshops and acoustic monitoring across the US will come together as Chris Corben, John Chenger, Janet Tyburec, and Joe Szewczak will simultaneously demonstrate Analook, Kaleidoscope Pro, and SonoBat 4. The session will focus on basic workflow starting from raw data, manually identifying bat calls, and finally the basic summary reports that could be generated. This session will focus on working with bat acoustic data and recognizing species, rather than software instruction, but participants will likely pick up tips and tricks of all the apps. Sponsored by Bat Survey Solutions. Available Tuesday night only; preregister by emailing John Chenger
Wildlife Acoustics Song Meter Lab: Meet with the Wildlife Acoustics team to learn more about Song Meters and make the most out of the gear you have. This is a hands on workshop and Song Meter SM4BAT recorders will be available. Download the free Song Meter SM4 Configurator prior to this workshop. Available for sign up during symposium registration for Wednesday night. Space is limited, preregister by emailing email@example.com.
Meet the Geeks Lab: Thursday night meet Chris Corben and Kim Livengood (AnaBat), Joe Szewczak (SonoBat), Janet Tyburec, John Chenger and Bryan Buter (BSS/BCM/Pettersson) in the onsite Lookout Bar and Grill for informal 1:1 opportunites resolving problems with hardware, deep cuts with software, and a glimpse into where things are going. Begins after the banquet; ends ???
Friday Evening Bat Walk: Agua Caliente (meaning hot water), is a unique 101-acre park with a perennial warm spring, located on the far northeast side of Tucson. Literally an oasis in the desert, Agua Caliente contains spring-fed ponds that support diverse wildlife and fish populations, as well as attracts many of the 29 bat species known from Arizona (and is one of Chris Corben's all time favorite bat hot spots!). Chris (inventor of the Anabat) and Joe Szewczak, developer of SonoBatLIVE will lead an active monitoring/spotlighting adventure at dusk. While these masters will be demonstrating their favorite bleeding-edge tools for the job, participants are encouraged to bring their own device of choice as staff can assist with any recording platform if needed. Stick close to Joe or Chris as they call out bats in real time, explain why they think what species they are (or why they can't), and watch (or follow along with loaner gear) as they use their tools to streamline data collection. Mark Jensen from Binary Acoustics Technology will be on hand demonstrating his new SonoBat-compatible microphone system, the AcroBAT. Sponsored by Bat Conservation and Management Available Friday night only; preregister and obtain details by emailing John Chenger
Post Symposium Event: The Sonoran Desert is an amazing place with an incredible diversity of wildlife (including bats) and unusual plants filling the surrounding scenic mountains and canyons. The area around Tucson is a beautiful part of the region. Close to the hotel there are nearby mountains with trails for hiking and biking. Bring your camera!
Since many of those attending the Symposium have never experienced the Sonoran Desert area, we are suggesting a trip to the Sonoran Desert Museum on April 1. If you have never been to this desert or this museum, it is worth a visit. It is an outdoor museum with live animals and an extensive collection of plants representing the Sonoran Desert Ecosystem which extends from the southern United States and deep into Mexico. There is much to see and learn. You will get a snapshot exposure to life in this desert.
There are 2 options for the visit. One option is an on your own visit with friends/colleagues and the other option would involve a guided tour. For both options there is a museum entry fee. If you have your own transportation you can go and return whenever it is convenient. For an additional fee, we are arranging to have vans to transport people from the hotel and back. We can also arrange for onsite lunches or you can eat at the museum cafe. If a trip to the museum interests you, we would plan on starting early on Saturday to take advantage of the cool morning and then plan on spending a good portion of the day there. We will make these arrangements during the Symposium so there is no need to sign up yet. The Arizona deserts can be sunny and warm/hot so bring your hat!
Donors and Sponsors should contact Brian Keeley for more information about advertising, exhibits, Echolabs, and other sponsorship opportunities for this international event.
Register soon! Space in the Symposium is limited and discounted hotel rates are awarded on a first come, first served basis. We look forward to seeing you in Tucson in 2017!
2nd Symposium on
Bat Echolocation Research
Location and Directions:
Symposium Sessions and lodging are located at the Westward Look Wyndham Grand Resort and Spa, 245 East Ina Road, Tucson, Arizona 85704.
Contributed Papers/Posters: Please submit a 300 words or less abstract by March 1 to M. Brock Fenton . You will receive an acceptance response by March 7. Please include the title, author, affiliation (if any) and abstract text in PDF format with the word count posted at the top of the page. Plan your presentation for 12 minutes (+3 for questions). Suggested themes are: equipment and deployment guidelines for long-term passive monitoring, active recording, and/or mobile acoustic transects; theft prevention; innovative field techniques; reducing animal or weather damage to equipment; site selection for species-specific deployments; building and maintaining call libraries; call analysis methods; comparisons of acoustic survey protocols; assessing occupancy using bat detectors; probabilities of detection; determining relative bat activity; determining confidence for auto-classification results; and data collection and management tips.
Airport: The nearest airport is Tucson (airport code TUS). Participants might also find better flights and connections by flying into Phoenix (PHX) which is 1-1/2 hours north of Tucson
Meals: Morning/afternoon breaks and the Symposium banquet dinner are included in your registration. All other meals are "on your own."
Hotel Reservations: To find a roomshare at the Symposium post your willingness to share a room on Facebook on the 2017 Bat Echolocation-Symposium Find Roomshare page.
The Symposium has a limited block of guest rooms available March 25 – April 1, 2017.
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Lodging is $149 single/double occupancy. All Symposium participants staying at the hotel will receive a 10% discount in the on-site dining outlets GOLD, Lookout Bar and Grille and Monsoon Café, as well as a 15% discount at the On-site Sonoran Spa services. The special Symposium room rate includes accommodations in spacious 650 sq. ft. Casita Junior Suites with private balcony or patio, sitting area, separate dressing area with mini-fridge and coffee maker, along with complimentary local and toll-free telephone calls, in-room Wi-Fi, 24-hour access to the Fitness Center and complimentary parking. Tennis, horseback riding, hiking, mountain biking, nature trails, basketball and sand volleyball are also available on site.
How to Register for the Symposium: Please order online. To register multiple people, please checkout each person individually so that we can obtain the proper contact information for each participant.
Alternately, follow instructions on our registration form to mail a check. Download the form here: (Download Registration form)
Deadlines and Cancellation Policy: Cancellations requested in writing and received by midnight (MST) 24 January 2017, are refundable, less a $50 administrative fee. Cancellations on or after 25 January 2017 are non-refundable, but transferrable to another attendee.
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Proceedings, Presentations, and Posters . . .
The Symposium Proceedings will be published and an Echolocation Handbook summarizing symposium findings, important scientific advances, and examples of successful inventory and monitoring programs will be produced. All registered participants will receive complementary copies of these documents.
Please submit a 300 words or less abstract by March 1 to M. Brock Fenton . You will receive an acceptance response by March 7. Please include the title, author, affiliation (if any) and abstract text in PDF format with the word count posted at the top of the page. Plan your presentation for 12 minutes (+3 for questions).
Suggested themes are: equipment and deployment guidelines for long-term passive monitoring, active recording, and/or mobile acoustic transects; theft prevention; innovative field techniques; reducing animal or weather damage to equipment; site selection for species-specific deployments; building and maintaining call libraries; call analysis methods; comparisons of acoustic survey protocols; assessing occupancy using bat detectors; probabilities of detection; determining relative bat activity; determining confidence for auto-classification results; and data collection and management tips.
We have two poster sessions (March 28 16:00-18:00 and March 29 20:00-22:00) with space for 30 posters each (60 posters total). To contribute a poster, please follow the abstract submission instructions for papers but specify your submission is for a poster. Once accepted, you will have a 4x4ft vertical space for your material. You can use the space with one single poster or multiple pieces. Business cards or small leaflet literature for distribution may be inserted in an envelope and affixed to the board. The carpeted board is pushpin and velcro friendly. Bring your own push pins or Velcro hooks. No Tape!
Plan on setting up from 12:00 that day and take down completed 1 hour after your session time slot. Any remaining posters will be recycled. Presenters are required to attend their poster during their allotted time period.