Evaluating Acoustic Bat Surveys for ESA Compliance


Target Audience:

Natural resource professionals monitoring wild bat populations or interpreting acoustic monitoring data coming in from the field.

Summary and Objectives:

This course will cover the basics of how to properly evaluate acoustic data and reports from wild bat surveys. Participants will get hands-on experience interpreting acoustic bat data and critically evaluating reports received for federal and/or state regulatory review. Field exercises also will provide hands-on experience with proper calibration and set-up of acoustic detectors in the field, data collection and analysis, species identification, and reporting.

Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • follow the Range-wide Indiana and Northern Long-eared Bat Summer Survey Guidelines for estimating presence/absence of bats.
  • evaluate critically bat acoustic surveys and reports for scientific integrity and compliance.
  • describe the advantages and disadvantages of sampling bats using acoustics.
  • properly set up and utilize bat detectors to maximize detectability.
  • process and analyze acoustic data.

Competencies Addressed: 

Wildlife Biology - Basic, Species Assessment - Basic, Natural Resource Management - Basic, Data Interpretation - Intermediate, Research and Statistics - Basic

Course Short Name
Course Type
Training Tuition Cost
36.0 hours
Training Credit Hours
Semester Hours

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Upcoming Sessions of this Course

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Location Classroom
Mammoth Cave, KY

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