Lethbridge Comprehensive Bat Acoustics Course

Mon, 31 July 2017, 9:00 PM - Sat, 05 August 2017, 1:00 PM [MST]

3000 College Drive, Lethbridge, AB, Canada


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Event Information

Mon, 31 July 2017, 9:00 PM - Sat, 05 August 2017, 1:00 PM [MST]

About the Event

Location:  Lethbridge, AB, Canada

Room 3049, Cousins Building, Lethbridge College



Instruction by:  Dr. Cori Lausen,  Wildlife Conservation Society Canada


Course Cost: Cost is $1200 CND/person.



Starts 9:00 am Monday, July 31st.

Ends 1:00 pm Friday, Aug. 4th.

For questions, please email Heather Gates at hgates@wcs.org 


Course Overview:

This course is a well-rounded 5 day course that starts with the basics of bat acoustics and bat detector technology.  It includes species identification with an overview of North American species, and more in-depth acoustic ID of northwestern species.

This course will provide a foundation for those participating in the North American Bat Monitoring Program, conducting environmental assessments, monitoring at wind energy developments and more. There will be an overview of of all major types of bat detectors with focus on Wildlife Acoustics and Titley Scientific products.  On several nights (weather dependent) there will be hands-on practice in the field actively recording bats.

The analysis component of this course includes practice of workflow patterns, starting with raw file management, and using KaleidoscopePro and Analook to efficiently identify files to species and species-groups, ending with quick and easy pivot-tables and histogram creation in Excel for reporting. There will also be an overview of other analysis software including Sonobat and BCID.


General Schedule: TENTATIVE

Day 1 - Introduction to ultrasound, bat acoustics, and bat detectors. Classroom instruction from 9:00 am - ~9 pm. Breaks for lunch (on your own) and supper (provided).

Day 2  - "Ecology of Echolocation" -- clutter continuum in a species-specific context. Introduction to species identification.  Understanding bat detectors - passive units, driving transects and specifics of active units for hands-on in field. Classroom instruction 9:00 am - ~7:00 pm. Breaks for lunch and supper.  Evening recording in field  active recording of bats  starts at ~8:00 pm and will continue for ~2 hours.

Day 3 - Detailed species identification, with hands-on practice. Introduction to software with focus on KaleidoscopePro and Analook.  Intro to site selection, study design. Classroom instruction 10:00 am - ~6:00 pm.  Breaks for lunch and supper. Optional session in classroom from 7:30  8:30 for instruction on additional bat detector models not covered in detail during course. Optional (recommended) field session starting at 8:30pm: Focus will be practicing driving transects and/or deploying passive bat detectors, with opportunity for additional active monitoring.

Day 4  - Completion of species identification, site selection and study design. Hands-on practice with analysis of files and species identification. 9:00 am  9:00 pm classroom (with option to deploy passive detectors over supper break. Breaks for lunch (on your own) and supper (provided).

Day 5 - Advanced analysis and workflow.  Hands-on practice. 9:00 am - 1:00 pm classroom. No new material after 1:00, but participants are welcome to bring a bag lunch to continue to work, review materials/detectors, ask questions (instructor available until 3:00 pm for whoever would like to stay).


Downloads For The Course:

Software downloads will be required. You will ideally have a PC-based laptop to bring to class.  Not all software will run on MAC. You will need to install some programs ahead of time. You will need Excel.

If you are bringing any of the iOS devices listed below, download the free Echo Meter Touch app onto your device to field-trial this device at the course.


An email will go out ahead of the class, but the following is a list to get started:


- Kaleidoscope Pro can be found at http://www.wildlifeacoustics.com/products/kaleidoscope-software/download. Note that you will be issued a Kaleidoscope license at the class which will unlock the autoID component of this software.

- All Wildlife Acoustics configuration utilities used to program their detectors can be found on their website at http://www.wildlifeacoustics.com/support/download-software.  Scroll to the bottom of the Download Page and download the utility that you will need for the model of detector you will use (if applicable).

- Analook software and CFCRead can be downloaded at http://users.lmi.net/corben/Beta/. Just download and unzip the first and 6th programs on this list. Do not copy these files to your desktop and do not place them in My Documents folder. Instead, place it as high as you can in the directory tree of your laptop such as in the C: drive. No installation is required.


Acoustic Detector Equipment:

Course participants are encouraged to bring their own detectors to the class for hands on practice, and programming of their own field units. There will also be some classroom units available.  In-class instruction of EMTouch and Anabat-Walkabout will enable active monitoring on field evenings. Classroom overview will include: SM3BAT, SM4Bat, Anabat Express, Anabat Swift, and Anabat Roostlogger.  If you would like to receive supplemental materials for any of these additional bat detectors, please contact Heather Gates (hgates@wcs.org) with the request and we will do our best to provide these materials. If you have an ipad (4th generation or Air; lightning port), ipad mini (lightning port and retina display), or iphone 5 (5s, 5c, 5, 6,or 6s) device, bring these as there will be some EMTouch modules available to try.


Accommodation and Meals:

Accommodation: On campus accommodation is available. Contact jordan.morash@lethbridgecollege.ca or call (403) 320-3202 ext 5569

Meals:  Dinner will be provided on the first and fourth days of instruction (31 July and 3 Aug.)

Tea, Coffee, and snacks will be provided; participants are encouraged to bring their own mug.
Please contact julie.landry-deboer@ab-conservation.com  with any allergies or special diet needs.

Nearest Airports:

Lethbridge Airport http://lethbridgeairport.ca/

Calgary International Airport http://www.yyc.com/ and bus ride to Lethbridge with Red Arrow http://www.redarrow.ca/ ($56 each way)




Cancellation with full refund is available until June 30, 2017.

WCSC reserves the right to cancel the course up to 30 days before the start date.


Other Equipment To Bring:

- Earbuds/earphones

- Headlamp

- Optional:  Card reader (SD and CF cards)  there will be a few readers available to borrow

Event Location

About the Organizer

Wildlife Conservation Society Canada. Instructor Dr. Cori Lausen