General Training Details and Cancellation Policy
Proof of Rabies Vaccination -or- Acceptable Titre (rabies antibody level) is required for all students wishing to handle bats at a "Combined Field Survey" workshop. Bats will not be handled during "Acoustic Survey" courses or "Data Managment" classes, therefore these trainings have no rabies pre-exposure requirements.
COVID-19 Vaccinations are strongly encouraged for all students at all trainings, and are required for all students at "Combined Field Survey" workshops who wish to handle bats. Unless otherwise noted in pre-course materials, CDC-recommended face-masks are required to be worn by all students interacting with bats in the field and social distancing requirements between students, between students and instructors, and between students and bats will be enforced.
Courses fill quickly and attendance at each course is strictly limited due to staffing and facilities logistics. Registration and payment is required to reserve a seat in class. An automated receipt for course fees is sent immediately upon registration. Ten-days to 2-weeks prior to the start of class, Janet Tyburec will contact class members to confirm registration details and will provide additional pre-course materials including a detailed daily agenda and information on what to bring to and how to prepare to enhance participation.
Deadlines and Cancellation Policy
The early-registration deadline for all courses is listed in the course description and is generally 45-days prior to the start of class (listed as “Day 1” on the course agenda). Reservations cannot be held without payment. After the deadline, space in class is available on a first-come, first-served basis, and only if the attendance cap has not been met. Daily rates for courses are not available, except where noted. Refunds will be issued upon request, less a $250 processing fee, if a participant must cancel prior to the registration deadline. After the deadline, fees are not refundable but registration is transferable to another participant for the purchased class only.
Consider purchasing trip insurance if these policies are not acceptable.
Additional Small Print . . .
What's not included: (1) Meals and/or lodging, unless specifically indicated on the training agenda, (2) transportation to and from the workshop location, and (2) any pre- or post-course. lodging to facilitate travel. View individual course descriptions regarding any specific meals and/or lodging packages that are included or might be available for purchase at each venue.
Certain training venues are located in under-developed areas where primitive conditions may exist. Cell phone and/or Internet service on site may not always be available or reliable. Fieldwork can be inherently challenging for some people and students should expect to encounter uneven terrain, insects, poisonous or dangerous animals, exposure to sudden weather events, or other unforeseen hazards. Our staff has been working at our field locations for decades and take student health and safety concerns seriously, but we cannot protect everyone against every eventuality. A certain amount of proficiency with outdoor activities is expected of all participants. Bat Survey Solutions, LLC has the right to refuse participation to anyone in one of our events if we feel that such participation may disrupt class, cause harm to the participant or others, place undue burden on the instructors or local facilities, or jeopardize the goals for the quality of instruction. Any student asked to leave after Day 1 of a scheduled event will forfeit access to any class resources or promised follow-up and will be excluded from future participation in a BatSS-sponsored event.
Presentations, agendas, and activities listed on the training agenda are subject to change according to group dynamics and local field conditions. If the purpose of attending one of our courses is to help maintain or improve skills related to employment or business, expenses related to the programs may be tax-deductible according to I.R.C. Reg. 1.162-5. Please consult a tax advisor for details.
Completion of any training class does not constitute an endorsement of skills that may be required by a permitting agency.
Please, no audio or video recording during class.