6-days / 5-nights + daily lunch, in Tucson AZ
Dates: Monday thru Saturday, 8-13 April 2019. Class begins at 5pm on Day 1 (Monday) and will conclude by noon on Day 6 (Saturday). Days 2 thru 6 will begin at 8:30am and conclude by midnight, with a 90-minute break for dinner. 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 in suburban Tucson, on the east side of town. All lectures and demonstrations will be conducted in the conference room at the Hilton Tucson East, 7600 E. Broadway Blvd, Tucson AZ 85701. Phone: (520) 721-5600
Airport: The closest airport is Tucson International (TUS), which is about 15-miles (25 minutes) by vehicle. Other convenient airports include Phoenix Sky Harbor (PHX – 120 miles; 2 hours).
Lodging: Participants must make their own lodging arrangements. Lodging is available at the Hilton Tucson East, 7600 E. Broadway Blvd, Tucson AZ 85701. Phone: (520) 721-5600 and is available to students for the special price of $119/night (GSA rates are available for Federal employees). The Hilton has a full bar, restaurant, and café and is an easy walk to several dining venues and is conveniently located near our field sites. Because we will offer evening “geek sessions” after our nightly field practicums, students are encouraged to book rooms at the Hilton. Another excellent feature of the Hilton is its location adjacent to the Pantano Wash, and one of the many “bat bridges” Tucson boasts.
Meals: Day-long coffee/tea/bottled water will be provided in the lecture room. Hearty lunches are included, on-site, on Days 2-5 (vegetarian fare is available with advance notice). All dinners, including dinner on Day 1, are “on your own” and students should plan accordingly.
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. Active, Passive, and Mobile Transect deployments will be demonstrated. We will take nightly field trips to nearby natural areas, including passive deployments at the USDI-NPS Saguaro National Park, West unit and a driving transect up Mt. Lemmon, a 9,000+ foot peak in the USDA Forest Service, Coronado NF, Santa Catalina RD. Students should be prepared to hike over sandy and/or rocky desert terrain, at night, carrying personal gear and up to 25-pounds of field gear. The elevation at our field sites will be between 2,000 and 9,000-feet above sea level in habitats from desert scrub to pine forest. Prickly vegetation and poisonous snakes and arachnids are a possibility. Students should bring appropriate field gear, including cool-weather clothing and sturdy hiking boots to take full advantage of the field component. Several different models of bat detectors and supplies for deploying external, cabled microphones will be provided, but students are also encouraged to bring their own, if available, to help with designing recording schedules, refining settings, and troubleshooting successful field use.
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. A sample agenda for our field survey training classes is available for download HERE.
How to Register: Please register by ordering online. 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.
Add Zero-cross Data Module (optional): All our trainings emphasize regional bat classifications of "full-spectrum" acoustic data using KaPRO and SonoBat software, but when the last day of the training concludes at noon, we will offer an optional extended mini-course to demonstrate workflows for processing zero-cross files in Kaleidoscope Pro for analysis in BCID and EchoClass. Instructors will guide participants on how to interpret the BCID and EchoClass automated outputs and use AnaLook and Kaleidoscope Pro to manually vet file-level classifications to confirm or reject MLE’s for species presence. Lunch on this day and an additional evening data management geek session is included. NOTE: Participants must register separately for the optional Zero-cross Module. The registration fee for the module is $349 and is non-refundable.
Add University Credit (optional): Students may receive graduate level, university credit for this training thru the University of Tennessee at Martin. For credit information, registration, and fees, see the BIOL464 (564) Directed Studies 2019 instructions.