If you’re thinking of attending one of Bat Conservation International’s unique field workshops this summer, you need to sign up now. The sessions in Arizona are almost full, and the Kentucky and Pennsylvania workshops are filling fast. Our acoustic monitoring workshop is already full, with only a waiting list available. BCI strictly limits the number of participants to ensure that each person has a productive and enjoyable experience.
These Bat Conservation and Management workshops provide hands-on training in the latest techniques for capturing, identifying and studying bats in the field, plus visits to diverse bat habitats and lectures by leading experts on all aspects of bat conservation.
Fees of $1,395 cover lodging, field transportation, materials, meals and take-home resources for each intensive six-day, five-night workshop.
The 2009 BCI Workshops:
Portal, Arizona: May 5-10
Our course at the American Museum of Natural History’s renowned Southwestern Research Station emphasizes Western bat diversity. Participants will capture and examine up to 18 species and also observe Mexican long-tongued and endangered long-nosed bats visiting hummingbird feeders. Fieldwork covers habitats from deserts to forests at elevations of 4,000 to 8,000 feet.
Mammoth Cave, Kentucky: July 14-19
In partnership with the National Park Service at Mammoth Cave, we focus on underground environments and their importance to bats, including the endangered gray and Indiana myotis. Students explore cave habitats and learn to assess past bat use by identifying hibernation staining and quantifying historic guano piles. All fieldwork here is part of a vital, long-term inventory program for the Park Service.
Barree, Pennsylvania: August 14-19
Solving bat/human conflicts is a special focus at our workshop in central Pennsylvania, which has long been a center of artificial-roost development. Participants will visit an abandoned church, now home to more than 20,000 little brown myotis and a growing population of endangered Indiana myotis. The Pennsylvania Game Commission and Bureau of State Parks jointly manage this and other nearby roosts, including an old limestone mine where six species hibernate. A visit into the mine provides stark contrast to the late-summer habitat above ground. Later in the evening, a return trip will allow students to witness thousands of bats swarming the entrances and to net and examine large numbers of them.