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7-days / 6-nights, plus daily lunch (lodging and other meals on your own), in Punta Gorda FL
Dates: Friday thru Thursday 10-16 January 2020. Class begins promptly at 1pm on Day 1 and will conclude by noon on Day 7. Days 2 thru 6 will begin at 8:30am and conclude by midnight with a 90-minute break for dinner.
Location and Directions: Hurricane Charley's Raw Bar & Grill 300 West Retta Esplanade; Punta Gorda, FL 33950; Phone: (941) 639-9695. All lectures and demonstrations will be conducted in the conference room.
Airport(s): The closest airport is Punta Gorda (PGD), which is about 5 miles (10 minutes) by vehicle. Local taxi fares from the airport to the venue are approximately ~$20. Other nearby airports include: Tampa International Airport (TPA - 100 miles; 1-3/4 hours) and Southwest Florida International Airport in Fort Myers (RSW - 40 miles; 45-minutes).
Lodging: Participants must make their own lodging arrangements. Lodging is available at the PG Waterfront Hotel adjacent to Hurricane Charley's. The PG Waterfront Hotel is approximately $130/night. The Hotel is an easy walk to Fisherman's Village, Gilchrest Park, and other popular shopping and dining venues. Other nearby lodging options include an upper scale Four Points Punta Gorda one block east. Also consider the Budget Inn Punta Gorda three miles south on Rt. 41.
Meals: Lunches are included on days 2-6. Day-long coffee/tea/filtered water will be provided in the lecture room. 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 highlighted. We will take nightly field trips to nearby natural areas, to deploy bat detectors and collect acoustic data. Students should be prepared to hike over sandy and/or swampy terrain, at night, carrying personal gear and up to 25-pounds of field gear. The elevation at our field sites will be less than 100-feet above sea level. Depending on recent rains, the area can be sloppy to flooded. Students should bring appropriate field gear, including wet-weather clothing and muck-boots (Wellingtons) or hip-waders to take full advantage of the field components planned. Several different models of bat detectors and supplies for deploying external microphones will be provided, but students are encouraged to bring their own bat detectors, if available, to help with designing recording schedules, refining settings, and troubleshooting successful field use.
No prior acoustic-survey work is necessary. Approximately ten-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 Kaleidoscope PRO 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.