NABat News: February 2022
Updated: Mar 11, 2022
Data Call: Submit Summer Monitoring Data
To guarantee inclusion in upcoming analyses, summer monitoring data should be uploaded to the NABat Partner Portal prior to March 1, 2022. This includes all summer data collected through stationary acoustic surveys, mobile transect surveys, internal and external maternity colony counts, and mist net/harp trap captures. Users who are unable to meet the deadline should still submit their summer data as soon as possible; data received after the deadline are valuable for estimating status and trends in future analyses and reports. Please reach out to the NABat technical outreach team or your local hub coordinator with any questions.
Resolved: Stray Third Party Data Requests
It recently came to our attention that third party data requests submitted earlier this month sent requests for access to data that may not have been relevant to the request. We quickly identified the source of this error and corrected it. We apologize for the inconvenience this caused and thank our partners that brought it to our attention so we could address it.
Now Accepting Proposals: 2022 WNS Grants to States and Tribes
The 2022 White-nose Syndrome Grants to States and Tribes funding opportunity is now open and receiving proposals. Like in previous years, the goal of this funding opportunity is to help State and Tribal partners fulfill information needs, implement management actions for WNS and susceptible bat species, and actively engage in the National Response to WNS. Supported activities will include population monitoring, implementation of bat conservation strategies, supporting scientific information gathering, managing WNS and Pd, maintaining expertise, and engaging in the national response to WNS. Up to $50,000 or $100,000 may be requested, depending on priorities addressed. This funding opportunity is open to wildlife and resource management agencies in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Federally recognized tribal governments.
Proposals are due 2 May 2022. Find more information here!
Now Accepting Proposals: Bats for the Future Fund 2022
The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF), in partnership with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), is soliciting proposals to slow or halt the impacts of white-nose syndrome disease (WNS) in North America and promote the survival and recovery of WNS-affected bat populations and species. The Bats for the Future Fund (BFF) will award an estimated $1.5 million in grants in 2022.
Proposals are due 28 April 2022.
Notice of Funding Opportunity: BLM HQ Wildlife Program
The BLM Headquarters (HQ) National Wildlife Program announced a new funding opportunity. The program helps ensure self-sustaining populations and a natural abundance and diversity of wildlife on public lands for the enjoyment and use of present and future generations. The program is responsible for maintaining, restoring, and conserving species and their habitats in cooperation with State and local governments, Tribal governments, Federal and State agencies, private landowners, and non governmental organizations (NGOs). Awards range from $25,000-$1,500,000. Submissions are due 4 April 2022 by 5pm E.T.
Call for Abstracts: North America Wind Energy Academy
The Call for Abstracts for the North American Wind Energy Academy (NAWEA) Symposium and International Conference on Future Technologies in Wind Energy (WindTech) is now open through 15 April 2022. The NAWEA/WindTech 2022 Conference will take place on 19-23 September 2022 in Delaware, US.
Call for Abstracts/Symposia: NY State Environmental Technical Working Group
The Call for Abstracts and Symposia for the New York State Environmental Technical Working Group’ 2022 State of the Science Workshop on Wildlife and Offshore Wind Energy is now open through 14 March 2022. The hybrid event will be held on 26-28 July 2022 in New York, US.
March CoP Call
Join us for NABat’s March Community of Practice call on Wednesday, March 2 from 1:30-3pm ET. Brad Udell (USGS) will be sharing methods and results from the NABat Summer Occupancy Analysis and how you can access and interact with the results.
PacWest NABat Hub Partner Call
4 March 2022
Communicate updates, changes, and reminders, learn from each other about best practices and helpful tips, share research snippets, and more. If you work with bats at any level in the PacWest region, we hope you will join us! Contact Nat Goodby for Zoom info.
Southeastern Bat Diversity Network Meeting
9-10 March 2022
This virtual meeting will bring together biologists, private and public land managers, private consultation organizations, educational institutions, and citizen scientists from across the Southeast. Registration sign ups end 2 March 2022.
North American Wildlife & Natural Resources Conference
Virtual: 9-11 March 2022; In-person/Hybrid: 14-18 March 2022
For more than 80 years, WMI has administered the North American Wildlife and Natural Resource Conference. The North American Conference sessions, workshops and more than 150 separate meetings and functions, serve as the annual forum to set conservation policy in North America. Register here!
National Military Fish & Wildlife Association Annual Meeting
14-18 March 2022
The National Military Fish and Wildlife Association (NMFWA) will hold its annual training workshop in conjunction with the Wildlife Management Institute (WMI) 87th North American Wildlife and Natural Resources Conference. In-person and virtual attendance options are provided!
American Clean Power Siting and Environmental Compliance Conference
29-30 March 2022
ACP’s Project Siting and Environmental Compliance event is the place where industry leaders, experts and external stakeholders discuss the most challenging issues of the day. Sign up soon, advance registration discounts end March 24th!
77th Annual Northeast Fish & Wildlife Conference
3-5 April 2022
The annual Northeast Fish & Wildlife Conference attracts over 500 natural resources professionals in the fields of wildlife biology, fisheries and fisheries management, outreach and education, and law enforcement. The event provides opportunities for education, discussion, and exchanging of ideas. Hybrid attendance options are available!
Midwest Bat Working Group Meeting
4-5 April 2022
The 14th annual Midwest Bat Working Group meeting will offer in-person and virtual options for attending. Poster and abstract submissions due 2/25/22.
See the NABat Events page for a complete list of upcoming events!
University of Prince Edward Island
The Department of Pathology and Microbiology, Atlantic Veterinary College (AVC), University of Prince Edward Island invites applications for an MTS 5 full-time, term position, subject to budgetary approval. The successful applicant will join the Canadian Wildlife Health Cooperative (CWHC), Atlantic Region as a Regional Coordinator for the Atlantic hub of the Canadian NABat Program.
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
The Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences seeks a creative and motivated ecophysiologist to develop a field-based monitoring program to quantify individual- and population-level changes in bat health, stress, and condition, with the aim of generating a mechanistic understanding of different forest management scenarios on bats.
University of Michigan
The Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (EEB) and the Michigan Center for Infection Disease Threats (MCIDT) invite applications for a full-time tenure-track position at the intersection of ecology, evolution, and epidemiology of zoonotic pathogens.
University of Waterloo
The Broders lab is looking to recruit potential graduate students for opportunities to study various aspects of the ecology of bats in Canada. Programs will involve fieldwork in Ontario and Atlantic Canada. If interested please reach out to Hugh Broders at the University of Waterloo.
Texas Parks and Wildlife The TPWD is seeking applicants for the Statewide Bat Specialist position. Under the direction of the Nongame and Rare Species Program Leader, the Statewide Bat Specialist is responsible for planning, coordinating, and conducting bat conservation and research statewide. Primary focus is on responding to the threat of white-nose syndrome and mitigating human-bat interactions. Apply Here ______________________________________
Southeastern NABat Hub
The SE NABat Hub (which includes the land areas of Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee) is seeking motivated applicants for the position of Hub Coordinator.
University of Alberta
One postdoctoral position is available immediately to support the ultrasonic bioacoustic research of the Bioacoustics Unit and the labs of Drs. Erin Bayne and Matina Kalcounis-Rueppell (PIs, Department of Biological Sciences) at the University of Alberta. The position is available for multiple years with review after the first year and the possibility for renewal up to 3 years.
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
The Human-Wildlife Interactions Lab is recruiting Field Technicians to aid in a 11-week study of bats in the northern plains of Missouri.
Northwest Bat Hub
The Northwest Bat Hub is hiring for seasonal crew lead and student field technician positions to conduct acoustic monitoring as part of our North American Bat Monitoring (NABat) effort in Oregon, Washington, and Idaho.
Bat Conservation International
Bat Conservation International’s bats and wind energy program is hiring up to 4 crew leaders and 17(!) technicians. Positions will be located at a wind energy facility in southwest Iowa.
Bat Conservation International
BCI's Fat Bat project is now hiring technicians in several states!
Colorado State University
The Stoner Lab at CSU's Department of Fish, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology seeks a non-student hourly technician to assist with summer/fall fieldwork and data collection for a nectar-feeding bat study in southwestern New Mexico.
Sanders Environmental is a small environmental consulting firm based out of Bellefonte, Pennsylvania, seeking seasonal technicians for a variety of bat related projects in the Eastern US.
February's featured resource:
Our Fall 2021 Training Webinars are now available! Visit our media repository on USGS.gov to view all of NABat's most up-to-date trainings. Our current videos are listed below, and more are on the way!
Check out our Resources page for guidance documents, how-to videos, and more. Users who have questions or need assistance are encouraged to reach out to our Technical Monitoring team for consultation:
In case you missed it, NABat's Spring Training Webinar series is coming up!
Follow along with NABat experts as they walk through the timely processes of uploading winter colony count data and how they plan for summer research. Topics include:
Hope to see you there!