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NABat News March 2021

Updated: Apr 1

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Summer 2020 Data Submissions


Don’t see your 2020 summer survey locations represented below?! You can still submit in time for status and trends analyses! The deadline to submit summer (2020) monitoring data has been extended to March 20, 2021. This includes all data collected through stationary acoustic surveys, mobile transect surveys, maternity colony counts, emergence counts, and mist-net captures. To ensure inclusion in the 2021 modeling efforts, summer 2020 monitoring data needs to be uploaded to the NABat Partner Portal no later than March 20. Data received after the deadline may not be available for analysis in 2021 modeling efforts, but users who are unable to meet the deadline should submit 2020 data as soon as possible.



GRTS cells (black) with 2020 stationary acoustic data


GRTS cells (black) with 2020 mobile acoustic data


Please contact Dane Smith, James Cox, or Jaclyn Martin with questions or for assistance in meeting the Summer 2020 Data Submission Deadline.




Submission Deadline for Photo Contest is 3/14/21


There are only a few days left to submit your entries to the photo contest. Submit your photos before midnight on March 14th.




Contest Details

Photo Categories


1. People in the field collecting data during:

  • Mobile acoustic transects

  • Stationary acoustic monitoring

  • Winter colony counts

  • Summer internal roost/colony counts

  • Bat emergence

2. Bat species of interest

  • Big brown bat (Eptesicus fuscus)

  • Cave bat (Myotis velifer)

  • Eastern small-footed bat (Myotis leibii)

  • Eastern red bat (Lasiurus borealis)

  • Fringed bat (Myotis thysanodes)

  • Gray bat (Myotis grisescens)

  • Indiana bat (Myotis sodalis)

  • Little brown bat (Myotis lucifugus)

  • Long-legged bat (Myotis volans)

  • Northern long-eared bat (Myotis septentrionalis)

  • Silver-haired bat (Lasionycteris noctivagans)

  • Tricolored bat (Perimyotis subflavus)

  • Western long-eared bat (Myotis evotis)

  • Yuma bat (Myotis yumanensis)


Submission Requirements

  • Accepted formats: jpg or tiff

  • Minimum resolution: 300 dpi


The top winners will receive an AudioMoth and case!


For more information, or to submit a photo, please visit here.





New Video Resources from Atlantic Canada to Support NABat Data Collection


Tessa McBurney (Canadian Wildlife Health Cooperative [CWHC] Atlantic) and Jordi Segers (CWHC National Office) have developed a step-by-step guide and instructional videos on bat monitoring in Atlantic Canada, both with a strong focus on participating in NABat.


These products were developed as part of the project Stewardship for Protection and Monitoring of Atlantic Canada's Endangered Bat Species, funded by Environment and Climate Change Canada through the Habitat Stewardship Program for Species at Risk, and co-led by Dr. Scott McBurney (CWHC Atlantic/Atlantic Veterinary College [AVC]/University of Prince Edward Island [UPEI]), Dr. Megan Jones (CWHC Atlantic/AVC/UPEI), and Jordi Segers.





The project was accomplished in collaboration with the New Brunswick Department of Natural Resources and Energy Development, the Newfoundland and Labrador Forestry and Wildlife Branch, the Nova Scotia Department of Lands and Forestry, the Prince Edward Island Forests, Fish and Wildlife Division, and the Prince Edward Island Watershed Alliance.


View the step-by-step guide

View all the videos on the web

Link to Canadian Wildlife Health Cooperative Resources





New Guidance Document Available: Using NABat QA/QC Tools


Last month, we introduced new QA/QC Tools in the NABat Partner Portal focused on helping project members identify and correct potential data issues. Now, a new guidance document detailing use of the tools is available. "Using NABat QA/QC Tools" provides users with a detailed description of the new QA/QC Tools, including visuals and descriptions for each type of tool in the set.



Visit nabatmonitoring.org and check out the 'What's New' tab to download and view new the guidance document.





Update Your Partner Portal Organization with Logos and Links


The NABat Partner Portal features the Partners tab, a section of the website intended to give credit to the many organizations that make up the NABat Program. On this section of the website, Partner Cards are displayed to provide additional information about data-contributing organizations, now including logos and a links to organization websites!



We encourage organizations with existing Partner Cards to consider updating their organization info to include website links and organization logos. The following information can be entered or updated:


  • Organization Name

  • Organization Description

  • Address, City, State/Province, Postal/Zip Code

  • NEW! Organization Leader (organization leaders have access to any projects associated with their organization)

  • NEW! Organization Homepage (URL)

  • NEW! Organization Logo (.png files preferred)


Log in to your Partner Portal project and view the 'Details' tab to see organization info for your project. To update or create your organization's Partner Card, or for more info, please email James Cox.





Data Sharing Options with NABat


Recognizing that partners have different data sensitivities, the NABat Program provides multiple options for sharing data: Within the Partner Portal project Project leaders may add specific individuals they wish to provide access to their data and designate permissions from view only to full edit access. Project leaders may add specific collaborating organizations. This provides access to select members from the collaborating organization who have been identified as the organization leads (or primary points of contact for the organization). Third party data requests When someone submits a request, they are asked to write a brief description of the purpose and extent of data usage so it is clear to data contributors what they are consenting to. Data contributors will then receive an email notification prompting them to approve or deny access to their data. If the data contributor clicks 'approve,' the third-party requester will be given access to a data package (rather than direct access to projects) that they can download at their convenience. As a note, selecting 'approve' on these requests does not change your general Data Use & Sharing elections. The data package delivered to the requester contains:

  • A CSV file of data from projects where access was approved (for acoustic data, this will be nightly summaries)

  • A meta-data file that defines each column in the CSV

  • And a read me file with a recommended citation and additional details

A record of all requests is available on the 'NABat Data Requests' tab on the Partner Portal, allowing others to backtrack the parameters of a request and potentially replicate it by submitting a request of their own.



Public data sharing


Check the elections you have made for your project on the 'Data Use & Sharing' tab to make sure your elections correspond to how you wish to share your data. These elections can be updated any time.




Southwest Bat Hub Website is Now Live


The Southwest Bat Hub website is now live. The website features links to resources, information about data processing, detailed information about bats in Arizona and New Mexico, and much more.



NABat partners within the hub territory (Arizona and New Mexico) are encouraged to visit the site and reach out to Kathy Gerst for more information.



Upcoming Events


Midwest Bat Working Group Meeting Apr 08, 11:00 AM Virtual meeting https://mwbwg.org/events