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March 2023 Newsletter

Processing Winter Colony Count Data

Need some guidance on processing winter colony count data? A recorded webinar is available here. This webinar covers how to process winter colony count data and get it uploaded through the Partner Portal. Still have questions? Reach out to the Technical Outreach Team through email or book an appointment for assistance.

Call for Abstracts: 13th International Mammalogical Congress

Share your research with hundreds of mammalogists from around the world 14-20th July in Anchorage, Alaska. Submit your abstract for an oral or poster presentation for IMC-13! Abstract submissions will close 15 March 2023.

NFWF Grant: Bats for the Future Fund

The National Fish and Wildlife Fund is seeking grant proposals to protect a crucial friend of farmers—bats! 🦇🦇 ️ Bats play critical roles in the U.S. providing pest control. Recent studies estimate that the pesticide services of bats are worth more than $1 billion annually to the U.S. corn industry alone, and more than $3 billion annually to all agricultural production. Unfortunately, millions of bats have died over the past decade from the white-nose syndrome disease (WNS) spread. In some sites where WNS has been detected, up to 100 percent of bats have disappeared. The Bats for the Future Fund is offering up to $1 million in grant funding to slow or halt the impacts of WNS, with support from U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), AVANGRID Foundation, NextEra Energy Resources Foundation and Southern Company.

Call for Abstracts: Western Bat Working Group

The Western Bat Working Group is soliciting abstracts for posters and presentations for the 2023 biennial conference (19-21 April in Victoria, BC). The workshop and theme of the conference will be Bats Across Borders.

March CoP Call

Join us for the March NABat Community of Practice call! Speakers Alison McCartney (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service) and Katelin Cross (Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks) will lead a discussion on the topic of bat blitzes. Alison and Katelin are veteran bat blitz organizers for the state of Mississippi use blitzes to understand bat colony use of culverts and bridges across their state. They will provide tips on what goes into organizing a blitz and how data submitted to NABat advances our understanding of how bat populations are doing.

Mark your calendars for April 12th at 12 MT. Join us for the April 2023 NABat Community of Practice call! Ted Weller will explain the Stationary Acoustic Working Group's efforts to improve species lists for auto ID analysis. Learn how you can help us with species or areas needing more input from experts on the ground.

If you want to be added to the distribution list for NABat CoP calls, please reach out to Andrea Schuhmann

Urban Bats, Public Health, and Human-Wildlife Conflict Modeling migration and movement of gray bats Bats learn about potential food sources from others: a review Bat Boxes as Roosting Habitat in Urban Centres: ‘Thinking Outside the Box’ Isolation and characterization of mammalian orthoreovirus from bats in the United States Regulatory T Cell-like Response to SARS-CoV-2 in Jamaican Fruit Bats (Artibeus jamaicensis) Transduced with Human ACE2 Environmental control reduces white-nose syndrome infection in hibernating bats Mammals of Rancho El Aribabi in the Sky Island Region of Northern Sonora, Mexico Higher white-nose syndrome fungal isolate yields from UV-guided wing biopsies compared with skin swabs and optimal culture media By a whisker: the sensory role of vibrissae in hovering flight in nectarivorous bats Drivers of bat activity at wind turbines advocate for mitigating bat exposure using multicriteria algorithm-based curtailment

Conservation Research Coordinator: BCI California

The Conservation Research Coordinator will be responsible for project management and coordination, conducting and supervising fieldwork for bats in the PacWest, and developing outreach and public engagement strategies for bat monitoring and conservation. The Coordinator will work on supporting and growing participation with the North American Bat Monitoring Program (NABat) in the PacWest, collaborate on Bats & Wind Energy research projects, coordinate fieldwork for One Health research, and broadly serve as a primary contact person for bat conservation in the region. Apply by March 8th.

Senior Bat Biologist: ESI Inc.

Bat specialists at ESI are afforded opportunities to advance within the organization either via bat-focused technical growth or via broader, but more general, growth. (Given enough time, many individuals succeed at both.) Due to professional growth of existing staff, ESI currently has an opening for a “mid-level” bat biologist to support a variety of multi-disciplinary (primarily energy-related) projects throughout the U.S.

Senior Scientific Specialist -- Illinois Natural History Survey

SWCA Environmental Consultants is seeking a Bat Biologist to join our growing bat biology program. It is intended that the successful candidate will join the team in our Chicago, IL office, though may be located anywhere within the Indiana bat range. Primary duties for successful candidates will include conducting surveys for bats using mist-net and acoustic survey techniques, report writing, and assisting with other surveys (e.g., avian surveys, wetland delineations, species-specific surveys). This full-time position offers a competitive salary and a comprehensive benefits package. Remote work consideration will be given to qualified candidates. Lodging and travel expenses will be covered.

Bat Biologist - Atlanta, GA | Telecommute flexible

The Illinois Natural History Survey is seeking a Terrestrial Ecologist to lead bat surveys in the Chicagoland area with the Illinois State Toll Highway Authority including deploying acoustic recorders, completing overpass surveys, identifying suitable habitat, mapping potential roost trees, and analyzing acoustic data. Potential to assist with surveys for reptiles, moths, and other taxa. This position will be based in Champaign, Illinois. Apply by March 17th.

March's Featured Resource: Learn About Useful Apps for Field Data

There's an increasing number of field apps available to support data collection in the field. The table linked here includes common apps that may be useful to NABat Partners. The apps can help NABat Partners navigate to their survey location, track and export mobile routes, fill out and submit forms offline, and allow groups of users to mark locations on a shared offline map. Apps summarized include Gaia, OnX, Avenza, Survey123, FieldMaps, QuickCapture, CalTopo, and JotForm.


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