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8 days / 7 nights + meals (lodging NOT included), Mammoth Cave National Park
Dates: Saturday 8 August thru Saturday 15 August 2019. Training begins promptly at 1pm on Day 1 and will end by noon on Day 8. A ½-day off is scheduled mid-way thru the week to allow students to rest from our packed schedule, and to explore the other fantastic resources of the local area.
Location and Directions: Our workshop location is in legendary Mammoth Cave National Park located in the sinkhole plain of western Kentucky. Our field sites both on and off the Park will acquaint us with the full diversity of eastern bat species. At this time of year we will have opportunity to witness the spectacular fall swarming behavior of thousands of gray myotis outside their hibernacula. We will also get to visit a protected big-eared bat roost on the Park property, which is off-limits to regular visitors.
Airport(s): The most convenient airport is Nashville International Airport (BNA), which is about 2 hours by vehicle and in Central Time zone (same as Park Mammoth). Louisville International Airport (SDF) and Blue Grass Airport in Lexington (LEX) are 2-3 hours away respectively but are in Eastern Time zone.
Lodging: Lodging is not included in the cost of this training. Participants are encouraged to make their own lodging arrangements, either at our host venue The Lodge at Mammoth Cave or other nearby outlets. The Lodge is saving our group a room-block that is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Rates are $136 per night (plus tax) GSA rates are available with appropriate government ID. We strongly suggest staying the host venue as our agenda involves late nights and early mornings and lodging on-site will be convenient to the many scheduled opportunities for personalized instruction during the training. Nevertheless, other inexpensive chain hotels are located in Cave City and RV or tent camping is available nearby at Diamond Caverns or Mammoth Cave National Park.
Meals: 11 meals are provided on-site during the week, beginning with dinner on Monday, then including lunch and dinner every day thereafter. Students are on their own for breakfast and for lunch and dinner on our half-day off. Vegetarian options are available with advance-notice (see student registration form for details on recording a food preferences). Coffee and tea service will be available all day, as is filtered water.
Pre-course Preparation: There is no pre-requisite for this training. The curriculum, demonstrations, and field practicums are designed to provide a comprehensive overview of applied bat survey methods for North American species. Students should be prepared to hike over uneven terrain, at night, carrying personal gear and up to 50-pounds of field gear. The elevation around Mammoth Cave National Park is around 500 feet. Students must bring appropriate field gear including appropriate clothing and footwear for working outdoors, including muck boots or other shoes that can get wet (chest-waders maybe preferred as some of our trap-sites are quite deep or sloppy), head-lamps and light sources for navigating at night, and basic personal items. All survey equipment for capturing and recording bats is provided, but students are encouraged to bring their own bat detectors, if available. Instructors will help design recording schedules, refine settings, and troubleshoot for successful field use.
No prior bat-work experience is necessary. Students wishing to handle bats must obtain the rabies pre-exposure vaccination. The vaccine is a 21-28 day series that must be started at least two-months prior to class. Those already vaccinated can provide acceptable titre results or proof of recent booster. 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. Complete White Nose Syndrome information, including the latest references about the disease in bats and important conservation and management steps to reduce its impact during this class, will be included in pre-course materials.
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 KaleidoscopePro for analysis in BCID and EchoClass. Instructors will guide participants on how to interpret the BCID and EchoClass automated outputs and use AnaLook and KaleidoscopePro 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, contact us.