NABat News July 2021
IUCN Guidance Update WNS in Manitoba BOEM Science Development Plan BOEM Offshore Wind Project Environmental Review USDOE Request for Info Events Recent Publications Resources FAQs CoP In Case You Missed It...
IUCN Provides Update on Guidance for Bat Researchers
The International Union for Conservation of Nature Bat Specialist Group (IUCN BSG) has posted updated guidance to bat researchers to help prevent pathogen pollution during research activities. Last year, the IUCN BSG provided global guidance to MAP – Minimize, Assess, and Protect – to reduce the chance that bat researchers accidentally exposed bats to SARS-CoV-2. Recognizing the need to get bat researchers back into the field but also promoting a shift toward better field hygiene practices, the new guidance calls for AMP – Assess, Modify, Protect. You can find all the posted guidance by IUCN BSG here.
BOEM Publishes Annual Environmental Studies Development Plan
The Bureau of Energy Management (BOEM) published their annual Environmental Studies Development Plan for proposed research for FY 2022 and 2023. Information needs and research interests regarding bats are detailed on page 192-195 and 255-256.
BOEM Announces Upcoming Environmental Review for Proposed Offshore Wind Project
BOEM recently announced it will be conducting an environmental review of a potential wind energy project offshore New York and New Jersey. BOEM published a Notice of Intent (NOI) to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) on a Construction and Operations Plan submitted by Empire Wind, LLC. If approved, Empire Wind would be allowed to construct and operate two wind energy facilities consisting of up to 174 turbines offshore New York and New Jersey, thereby generating over 2,000 megawatts of electricity. The publication of the NOI opens a 30-day public comment period to help BOEM define the EIS’ scope. Read the full article here.
CWHS Reports White-Nose Syndrome in Manitoba
Two little brown myotis found on April 15 and two little brown myotis found on May 17, 2021 in the town of Cranberry Portage (Division 21), Manitoba, were diagnosed by the Western and Northern Regional Centre of the Canadian Wildlife Health Cooperative (CWHC) as positive with white-nose syndrome (WNS) through a combination of histology and qPCR. These bats were collected and stored frozen by a concerned local citizen and were submitted to the lab by Manitoba Agriculture and Resource Development. View detailed CWHC WNS reports and maps here.
U.S. Department of Energy Request for Information on Funding Opportunities
The United States (US) Department of Energy (DOE) released a Request for Information to understand the current barriers and actions needed to make its funding opportunities and innovation and entrepreneurship activities more inclusive, just, and equitable. Responses are due by 5:00pm EDT (9:00pm UTC) on 6 August 2021.
Upcoming Events American Clean Power Project Siting & Environmental Compliance Virtual Summit July 20-22, 2021 Virtual Meeting Abstracts due May 21, 2021 Link to Meeting and Abstract Submission NABat Training Webinars: Data Processing Date in August to be announced soon. Details will be posted at: https://www.nabatmonitoring.org/events Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies Annual Meeting September 12-15, 2021 Omni Providence Hotel, 1 W Exchange St, Providence, RI 02903 https://www.afwaannualmeeting.org/
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: Dane Smith, James Cox, and Jaclyn Martin.
This month's featured resource... NABat R Data Connection Package
The North American Bat Monitoring Program: R Data Connection Package can be used to extract and upload data to the NABat Monitoring Program through the GraphQL API (learn more about GraphQL here). This software is written as a wrapper around the NABat GraphQL API. This code includes the ability to reformat NABat data, upload NABat data, create reports, find GRTS cells, and more (see vignettes in package). This code does not support modeling and analysis of data.Vignettes and examples can be used to better understand/utilize the functionality of the code. Users may access data or connect to projects that they have permissions to in the NABat Partner Portal. Because permissions are defined by NABat Partner Portal user accounts, users must have a Partner Portal account to interact with the NABat API. Accounts can be created via the Partner Portal.
Q: I've finished surveying all my grid cells for this season. What data am I supposed to provide NABat? What is the best method for uploading data? A: NABat requires the following data:
Site-level metadata: location name, detector type, microphone type, start time, end time, etc. for every location surveyed (should be at least 2 for every grid cell)
Call-level metadata for every individual .wav or .zc file: file name, auto ID, manual ID, etc.
** Uploading acoustic files (.wav or .zc ) is highly encouraged but not required. A detailed guide to preparing and uploading .wav/.zc files is available here. Users have a number of options for uploading metadata:
Metadata for multiple sites/calls can be entered and exported directly through Auto ID software like SonoBat and Kaleidoscope (recommended).
Detailed guidance and metadata templates for SonoBat are available here.
Guidance and metadata templates for Kaleidoscope are available here.
NABat Community of Practice Monthly Meeting: July Please join us for the next NABat Community of Practice (CoP) monthly meeting on July 27, 2021 @ 12 PM MT. Agenda
Presentation: NABat Status and Trends for Summer Populations in Progress - Brad Udell, USGS
Updates from the Program Coordination Team
We want to hear from you! If you would like to present as a Featured NABat Community Member during a CoP Monthly Meeting, send an email to James Cox. If you would like to be added to the NABat Community of Practice Monthly Call, please send an email to James Cox.
In Case You Missed It...
NABat Status and Trends for Summer Populations in Progress
The North American Bat Monitoring Program (NABat) has begun analyzing status and trends for North American bat species. For the current effort, we are leveraging summer data currently in the NABat database focusing on 14 candidate species. Brad Udell, USGS Analyst at the NABat Coordinating Office, has been working closely with a Science Advisory Committee to gather input on important model parameters. Progress from Brad’s work was featured during the WNS workshop earlier this month. While this effort is underway, we wanted to let you know what we are working on and what you can expect to see come out of it. WNS workshop registrants can now access presentation recordings in Whova. Data permitting, we will be producing range-wide occupancy maps, as well as indices of abundance and trends in a variety of formats and acknowledging partners in this work at every opportunity. We will not be sharing partner data, however. Anyone interested in performing similar analyses are invited to submit a data request via the Partner Portal. Join us for the next Community of Practice call to learn more and ask questions. In the meantime, if you have any questions or concerns, please contact Brian Reichert or Bethany Straw. Thank you so much for your contribution to the continental effort to collaboratively monitor and inform the conservation of North American bat populations.