AZ Acoustic Survey Training: Portal

AZ Acoustic Survey Training: Portal

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Customize Your Training: Choose from the full 5-day course, a 4-day "Passive Monitoring" only course, or pay for just the day(s) offering the training-subjects you need most.

Inclusive Dates: Monday 7 June thru Friday 11 June  - 9am to 5pm daily*

NOTE: Students must make their own travel arrangements to the workshop location. Arizona does not participate in Daylight Savings and remains on Mountain Standard Time (MST) year round. 

Location and Directions: This training course is located in the tiny town of Portal at the mouth of Cave Creek Canyon in the Chiricahua Mountains of southeastern Arizona. This is a spectacular area, but takes a bit of effort to attend. It is strongly suggested that students obtain lodging in Portal, but it would be possible to commute from other nearby towns with more infrastructure. All daily lectures and demonstrations will be offered at either The Southwestern Research Station or Cave Creek Ranch.

Airport: The closest airport is Tucson International (TUS), which is about 100-miles (120 minutes) by vehicle. Other convenient airports include Phoenix Sky Harbor (PHX) about 3-1/2 hours from Portal, by vehicle. A map and driving directions to Cave Creek Canyon will be provided upon registering.

Lodging: Participants must make their own lodging arrangements. Upon registering, a list of local resources will be provided.

Meals: All meals are “on your own” and students are given 2-hours for lunch and will break for dinner at 5pm each day. Optional evening geek sessions will be offered after dark. Please plan accordingly to bring food or patronize nearby outlets.

Pre-course Preparation: This training is ideal for students needing specific, focused experience with non-contact survey methods for bats using full-spectrum bat detectors. Most instruction will be classroom-based with one daytime field trip and a night-time mobile acoustic transect planned. 

*The Thursday and Friday classes include an optional demonstration of a 2-hour mobile acoustic transect beginning at approximately 8pm. After the transect, students can join instructors to post-process the data as a group. This optional activity will end by midnight, so students should plan to spend the night locally.

Students should bring appropriate field gear, including both hot- and cool-weather clothing and sturdy hiking boots to take full advantage of the field components. Consult the draft agenda for daily activities.

No prior acoustic-survey work is necessary. Approximately 7-10 days prior to the start of class, students will receive a complete list of what to bring and how to prepare for class, but feel free to contact us at any time if you have specific questions about the class or how to prepare. No bats will be handled during this event. Rabies pre-exposure vaccination is not required.

How to Register: Please register by adding the appropriate course (or days) to your "cart." NOTE: To register multiple people, please checkout each person individually so that we can obtain the proper contact information for each participant. Use the Student Registration Details link to provide complete student information for our records.