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Indiana Bat Summer Survey Guidance
The following candidate programs are available for use in 2013. The Service is working with USGS to test these programs for use in 2014 and beyond. Programs that pass the Service’s standardized test/validation process will be listed here. Bat surveyors should bookmark this site and check it regularly to ensure that you are using the most current version of each program.
Software developers that wish to have their program evaluated by the Service should contact Andy King at firstname.lastname@example.org.
BCID Program (Ryan Allen, Bat Call Identification, Inc.)
According to www.batcallid.com, “BCID East is a powerful application that allows users to automate the identification process of bats in the Midwest and North Eastern United States.” This program is currently available for purchase from the batcallid website listed above and a limited-use, free version may be available to academic and government users by contacting Mr. Allen at email@example.com.
EchoClass (Eric Britzke, ERDC)
The Service funded Dr. Eric Britzke with the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center in Vicksburg, Mississippi to develop an automated acoustic bat identification software program suitable throughout the range of the Indiana bat. Version 1.1 is no longer available. Surveyors should now use Version 2.0, which is publicly available for use (free of charge) and may be downloaded from the links below.
Please read the instructions provided below and then download the appropriate version (32 or 64 bit) for the operating system on your computer and the appropriate file (i.e., with or without the MCRinstaller). Please contact Dr. Britzke at Eric.R.Britzke@usace.army.mil if you have any technical questions.
Kaleidoscope® Pro (Wildlife Acoustics, Inc.)
According to Wildlife Acoustics, “Kaleidoscope Pro sets new standards for bat auto ID software and is one of fastest, easiest-to-use, and most flexible bat auto ID applications available.” It is capable of working from full-spectrum, zero-crossing, or time expansion recordings. Kaleidoscope is available for both a free two-week trial period and/or purchase. Visit the WA website at http://www.wildlifeacoustics.com/products/kaleidoscope-software
SonoBat™ (Joe Szewczak)
More information regarding the use of SonoBat in conjunction with the 2013 survey guidelines is forthcoming.
Last updated: May 20, 2013