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 27 June thru Friday 1 July - 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 conveniently located in northwest Tucson (Oro Valley area). One of our survey locations is at Westward Look Resort, and it is suggested that visiting students obtain lodging here, but it would be possible to commute from other nearby venues. Most hotels offer very favorable rates during this time of year. All daily lectures and demonstrations will be offered at Westward Look Resort.
Airport: The closest airport is Tucson International (TUS), which is about 15-miles (30 minutes) by vehicle. Other convenient airports include Phoenix Sky Harbor (PHX) about 90-minutes from Tucson, by vehicle. A map and driving directions will be provided upon registering.
Lodging: Participants must make their own lodging arrangements. Westward Look Resort, is providing a special rate for our group of $95/night. Please reference the function name: Bat Survey Solutions, when making a reservation at the Resort.
Meals: All meals are “on your own” and students are given 2-hours for lunch and will break for dinner at 5pm each day. Food services are available on-site at the r\Resort. 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. Click here for our agenda.
*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 appropriate clothing for summer, triple-digit desert temperatures 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.