Acoustic Survey Qualification
Acoustic Survey Qualification
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Certified Bat Echolocation Analysis with Manual Vetting Skills
Available late March 2023. To apply for a certification, we suggest that students have attended past BatSS trainings or have extensive in-field experience with collecting and analyzing bat calls. All in-person and online BatSS courses and workshops, as well as the in-person SonoBat Workshop by BCM include bat call ID instruction.
Students choose one of 4-region packs and are assigned 250 sample WAV files from a single recording location in that region and are required to assess the collection, providing: (1) a complete list of species probably present; (2) a list of species possibly present; (3) the total number of ambiguous hi-frequency species, ambiguous low-frequency species, and (if applicable) ultra-low frequency species; (4) the number of any noise and/or non-bat recordings in the collection; (5) total number of feeding/drinking buzzes, and social calls or directives in the collection; and (6) identification of archetypical files supporting the decisions made for assigning recordings to the above divisions. Students have 10 days from assignment to provide a report with their analysis. Certification will be issued for a satisfactory report. Keep skills sharp and impress colleagues and clients by completing additional volumes annually as continuing education.
In addition to regional bat calls, collections include non-bat noise such as insects, birds, and mechanical noise that can sometimes shares data space with some bat species.
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Certifications cover identifying full-spectrum recordings from North American bats (north of Mexico) only. All files assigned will have complete metadata identifying recording equipment used and location surveyed. Students may use the software workflow of their choice to analyze recordings.Online courses are non-refundable and non-transferable. Resources may differ slightly from representations and change without notice. While anyone is welcome to take quizzes to sharpen their skills, certificates are issued to those who completed a full BatSS Online or In-Person course.
Certifications are “pass/fail” and do not include file-by-file results of student performance. Failing students are invited to re-test. All re-tests include a new collection of WAV files. A transcript with a detailed student performance review is available upon request for an additional $500 fee, payable in advance. Please allow 10 business days for certification and/or performance review transcript.
Certificates are strictly limited to quiz completion for self-improvement purposes and is based on the honor system. Certificates in no way construe as an endorsement by Bat Survey Solutions, Bat Conservation and Management, or any agency that the certificate holder is proficient in authorized or capable of performing bat surveys for environmental review.
Bat Species Included in the Northeast Regional ID Class
|Hi-F Non-Myotis||Lo-F Non-Myotis||Myotis|
|Pipistrellus subflavus||Corynorhinus spp.||M. austroriparius|
|Lasiurus borealis||Eptesicus fuscus||M. leibii|
|Lasiurus seminolus||Lasionycteris noctivagans||M. lucifugus|
|Nycticeius humeralis||Lasiurus cinereus||M. septentrionalis|