NABat News August 2022
Updated: Aug 16
NABat Photo Contest is Live NABat is partnering with Bat Conservation International to host our 2nd annual photo contest! Last day for submissions is September 5th. Winners will receive 2 AudioMoth bat detectors! Click here for the full contest details Get Involved: NABat Working Groups Seeking Members NABat currently has 4 Working Groups: stationary acoustic; mobile acoustic; summer colony count; and winter colony count. These small groups offer a forum of exchange intended to identify solutions that address challenges and barriers related to these survey types. Leveraging experience and practical knowledge from small groups of committed members, each working group may work on tasks like developing Standard Operating Procedures, improving outreach, informing updates to data templates, and conducting R&D to help advance analytical products. There are current vacancies to fill for some of these working groups. If you have interest in participating in one of these working groups, please reach out to Bethany Straw to learn more about opportunities to engage, working group structure and expected commitment for working group members. Welcome Aboard: NABat Alberta Monitoring Hub The new NABat Alberta Monitoring Hub website is live - check it out here! Notice of Funding: MENTOR-Bat Program The International Affairs MENTOR-Bat global conservation fellowship program focuses on the linkages between the health of bats, people, and the environment, aiming to promote healthy environments where bats and humans coexist with reduced risk of disease transmission. MENTOR programs fund the lead recipient organization to establish transdisciplinary teams of early-career conservation leaders who collaborate on addressing threats to wildlife. Through rigorous academic and field-based training, long-term mentoring, experiential learning, and project design and implementation, MENTOR-Bat aims to develop a team of 12 international MENTOR-Bat Fellows with representation from Africa, Asia, and Latin America. See here for more details Pd Detected: Colorado Pseudogymnoascus destructans (Pd) was found on a bat captured in southeastern Colorado, at Bent’s Old Fort National Historic Site in Otero County outside of La Junta, Colorado. Click here for the full press release WNS Detected: Saskatchewan White-nose syndrome has been confirmed in a little brown bat in Grasslands National Park. This is the first confirmed case of WNS in Saskatchewan, making it more important than ever to report any bats found dead or on the ground. The (Canadian) public is encouraged to email reports of dead or sickly bats directly to the Canadian Wildlife Health Cooperative at email@example.com or by calling 306-966-5815. People can also help monitor bats through batwatch.ca. Seeking Comments: BOEM Sale Notice for Offshore CA, NJ, NY, Gulf of Mexico The U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) is seeking public comments on the proposed sale notice for wind energy projects offshore California (due 1 August 2022), the Draft Environmental Impact Statement for a proposed wind energy project offshore New Jersey (due 8 August), the Notice of Intent to prepare a Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement for the New York Bight Lease Areas (due 15 August), and two draft Wind Energy Areas in the Gulf of Mexico (due 19 August). On the Horizon: DOI Announces Next Steps for Offshore Wind Energy in Gulf of Mexico The Department of the Interior recently announced next steps to bring the opportunity of offshore wind energy to the Gulf of Mexico. The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) is seeking public input on the identification of two potential wind energy areas (WEAs) in the Gulf of Mexico Outer Continental Shelf. The first draft WEA is located approximately 24 nautical miles (nm) off the coast of Galveston, TX. The second draft WEA is located approximately 56 nm off the coast of Lake Charles, LA. See full press release here Winners Announced: NREL ECO Wind Program The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has awarded three industry teams funding to support research on bats and wind energy projects. Selected through the NREL Enabling Coexistence Options for Wind Energy and Wildlife (ECO Wind) program’s first competitive request for proposals, which was opened in October 2021, the awardees will receive a portion of the $1.1 million total to research how bats behave near wind turbines and wind power plants. All three awardees will use thermal imaging to track bat movements at operating wind energy facilities over the next two years. Click here for more info
CoP Calls are Back! After a hiatus over the busy summer season, CoP calls are back starting next month! Upcoming meeting topics include status and trends results, updates from NABat Hubs, and news about NABat Working Groups. Keep an eye out on the NABat events page for details about upcoming calls.
Schedule Update for NABat Training Webinars We've posted a time change for the NABat Training Webinar: Processing Acoustic Data in Kaleidoscope Pro event. The webinar will still be held September 1st, but now at 11am MDT. Check out the NABat Events page for a complete list of training webinars, meeting links, and all other upcoming events!
Seasonal roost selection and activity of a remnant population of northern myotis in Pennsylvania Changes in hibernating tricolored bat (Perimyotis subflavus) roosting behavior in response to white-nose syndrome Early treatment of white-nose syndrome is necessary to stop population decline Urban affinity and its associated traits: A global analysis of bats Contrasting impacts of street light shapes and LED color temperatures on nocturnal insects and bats Curtailment as a successful method for reducing bat mortality at a southern Australian wind farm Activity of forest specialist bats decreases towards wind turbines at forest sites Food webs for three burn severities after wildfire in the Eldorado National Forest, California Bats and antibiotic resistance: a culprit or a victim? Genomewide analysis and biological characterization of cathelicidins with potent antimicrobial activity and low cytotoxicity from three bat species Experimental infection of Mexican free-tailed bats (Tadarida brasiliensis) with SARS-CoV-2 Coronavirus and paramyxovirus shedding by bats in a cave and buildings in Ethiopia One bat’s waste is another man’s treasure: a DNA metabarcoding approach for the assessment of biodiversity and ecosystem services in Ireland using bat faeces Micro-sized open-source and low-cost GPS loggers below 1 g minimise the impact on animals while collecting thousands of fixes
Oregon State University Oregon State University is seeking to hire an NABat hub coordinator for the Pacific Northwest region. This position serves as an interagency bat monitoring coordinator at OSU-HERS to oversee and implement coordinated bat surveys in OR, WA and ID using the survey design, acoustic detection methods, and analytical modeling framework established by the legacy interagency Bat Grid program and outlined in the NABat plan. Apply here
August's Featured Resource: New Guidance on Downloading Mobile Transect Spatial Data Getting mobile transect spatial data from the detector can be tricky! We've added new instructions to our NABat Resources site to help guide you and make sure you get the right data downloaded. Click here to jump to the new guidance. Still have questions? Users who need project guidance or assistance are encouraged to book an appointment or reach out to our Technical Monitoring team for consultation.
In case you missed it, you can get help with your NABat project through our new appointment booking tool! Check out NABat's new appointment booking tool to self-schedule a technical support meeting with NABat staff. Find the link on NABatmonitoring.org (upper right corner). Have feedback on content? Have content you wish to contribute for consideration? Email Frankie Tousley Copyright © 2020 | NABat | All rights reserved. https://www.nabatmonitoring.org/