CSP2111 - Evaluating Acoustic Bat Surveys for ESA Compliance

Course CodeCSP2111
Course TitleEvaluating Acoustic Bat Surveys for ESA Compliance
DescriptionThis course will cover the basics of how to properly evaluate acoustic study plans, data and reports for presence/probable absence surveys of bats with a primary focus on the federally endangered Indiana bat (Myotis sodalis) and other bat species within its range. 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 most recent Range-wide Indiana Bat Summer Survey Guidelines for acoustically assessing presence/probable absence of bats
  • critically evaluate 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 using each of the FWS-approved software programs


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

Delivery MethodInstructor Led
Non-FWS Fee$1,195.00
Instructional Hours36
Course Content ContactMatthew Patterson; matthew_patterson@fws.gov; (304) 876-7473; matthew_patterson@fws.gov
Curriculum CategoryWildlife Biology and Field Techniques
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College Credit NameSemester Hours
College Credit Value2
Extracted from DOI LEARN on1/22/2019 3:30:20 AM

Schedule:  CSP2111 - Evaluating Acoustic Bat Surveys for ESA Compliance

StartEndSession InformationLocationSession Contact
5/13/2019 5/17/2019 For registration questions: sharon_howard@fws.gov
For course content questions: matthew_patterson@fws.gov
Class begins at 8:00am on the first day and ends at noon on the last day
National Conservation Training Center (NCTC) Sharon Howard; sharon_howard@fws.gov