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November 2023 NABat News

Updated: Nov 27, 2023

Biden-Harris Administration Approves Largest Offshore Wind Project in the Nation

The Biden-Harris administration today announced its approval of the Coastal Virginia Offshore Wind (CVOW) commercial project – the fifth approval of a commercial-scale, offshore wind energy project under President Biden’s leadership. When completed, these five projects will collectively add more than 5 gigawatts of clean, renewable energy to our nation’s grid, enough to power more than 1.75 million homes.

New Bat Species for South Carolina Discovered in Upstate

This fall, scientific staff with the S.C. Department of Natural Resources (SCDNR) discovered the first gray bat in South Carolina roosting in a crevice on the underside of a bridge in Greenville County. Gray bats are listed as a federal endangered species.

3 Cool Ways USGS is Studying Bats in National Parks

A rock climber high on the iconic granite walls of Yosemite Valley. River rafters floating the Colorado River as it runs through the Grand Canyon. A solar powered radio antenna array attached to the spillway of a former dam in Olympic National Park. What do these things have in common? They are all parts of exciting new ways USGS and National Park Service scientists have been studying bats in national parks.

Interior Department Signs Agreement with Mexico, Canada on Conservation Efforts

The Executive Committee of the North American Intergovernmental Committee on Cooperation for Protected Areas (NAPA) signed an updated Memorandum of Understanding this week outlining a framework for continued cooperation and coordination among the United States, Canada and Mexico to guide collaborative management, sustainable and responsible use, protection, conservation, and presentation of protected areas across our shared continent.

Join us for the December 2023 NABat Community of Practice Call: Working Group Highlights

Please join us for the Community of Practice Call on December 5, 2023 from 11:00 am - 12:00 pm. Leader's from NABat's four working groups - Stationary Acoustics, Mobile Acoustics, Summer Emergence, and Winter Colony Counts - will share highlights from their group's activities over the last year. Learn more about the new resources/guidance available or underdevelopment and what opportunities there are to join and contribute to these working groups.

Please click here to access the meeting.

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


January 10 – 12: 2024 Northeast Bat Working Group Meeting, Saratoga, NY, USA February 14 – 16: 2024 Southeastern Bat Diversity Network Meeting, Hilton Head Island, SC, USA March 25 – 29: 89th North American Wildlife and Natural Resources Conference, Grand Rapids, MI, USA April 2 – 4: 2024 Midwest Bat Working Group Meeting, Cincinnati, OH, USA

Check out the NABat Events page for a complete list of training webinars, meeting links, and all other upcoming events!

Post-Doctoral Associate

The Fuller Spatial Ecology and Decision Science Lab at the New York Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit at Cornell University is seeking candidates for a postdoctoral associate to provide data management for a bat population monitoring project using mobile acoustic survey data. The project is in support of the North American Bat Monitoring Program (NABat), collaborating with partners from the U.S. Geological Survey and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Mid-Level Ecologist/Wildlife Biologist

TRC is seeking a highly motivated, qualified Mid-Level Ecologist/Wildlife Biologist for our Planning, Permitting & Licensing Practice (PPL) in Florida. The successful candidate has the ability to work remotely or report to a local TRC Florida Office. There is an emphasis in ecological consulting, Rare, Threatened and Endangered (RTE) species surveys/habitat assessments, wetland and stream delineation, raptor nest surveys, migratory bird surveys, Clean Water Act permitting, Florida Environmental Resource Program (ERP) permitting, NEPA compliance, environmental documentation, stormwater monitoring or inspection and technical report writing.

Lead Bat Biologist

BioSurvey Group is hiring a Lead Bat Biologist to help establish and grow a new in-house division within our small, woman-owned, forward-thinking company. This is a great opportunity for a self-motivator who enjoys being client facing, all aspects of project management, managing their own time, and is interested in developing their own successful team. The Lead Bat Biologist will plan, lead, and conduct bat acoustic or mist-net surveys and analyze bat recordings, organize data, and produce reports documenting findings. This is a leadership role requiring strong technical, management, organizational, and communication skills.

Ph.D. Position - University of Cincinnati

We are looking for a highly motivated Ph.D. student to lead a funded study of the Virginia big-eared bat, a federally endangered subspecies of Townsend’s big-eared bat. Kentucky’s population of Virginia big-eared bats is believed to be in decline, without a clear indication of the cause or appropriate management response. The University of Cincinnati, Kentucky Division of Fish and Wildlife Resources, and United States Fish and Wildlife Service are therefore embarking on a multi-year study that aims to determine the causes of this population decline and identify strategies for promoting recovery. A Ph.D. student is sought to lead this effort and will work in the lab of Dr. Joseph Johnson at the University of Cincinnati.

Offshore Wind Staff Scientist

BRI is seeking an Offshore Wind Staff Scientist to support BRI’s mission by providing scientific assistance to BRI’s renewable energy program with a focus on offshore wind energy and wildlife. Responsibilities will include but are not limited to: report development; external and internal communications; data analysis; and GIS mapping.

Bat Survey Coordinator

The Missouri Department of Conservation is seeking a Bat Survey Coordinator. This position will be responsible for coordinating and leading annual summer acoustic surveys and mist net surveys for bat species covered by the MDC Bat Habitat Conservation Plan, including Indiana bats, northern long-eared bats, tricolored bats and little brown bats.

December's Featured Resource: Account Registration and Login Migration to

ScienceBase account registration and login is migrating to to ensure enhanced safety and security. All NABat users who have a registered NABat account through ScienceBase will now be required to link their account through This is only relevant for users with ScienceBase accounts. If your account is registered through BisonConnect or, no action is needed. The next time users with ScienceBase accounts log into the NABat Partner Portal you will need to follow the instructions below to complete this process.

  1. Navigate to the NABat Partner Portal.

  2. Select Login|Request an Account (top right corner of landing page).

  3. Under the “External Accounts” section of this page, select Log in with

  4. Toggle the “Sign in|Create an account” button to the Create an account – button will turn blue when selected.

  5. You will be prompted under “Create an account for new users” to enter your email address. Use the same email address registered to your ScienceBase NABat account.

  6. Select your email language preference, read and accept the “Rules of Use”, and Submit.

  7. You will receive a confirmation email from addressed to the email used above. Open the email and follow instructions to confirm your account via the link provided (link provided expires after 24 hours).

  8. You will be prompted to set up a two-factor authentication process for your account. Once two-factor authentication selections are made, you may select Skip for now to continue.

  9. If your registered email matches that used for your ScienceBase account, you will be prompted to “Continue to ScienceBase Login”. To link your new and ScienceBase accounts, select the Agree and continue button.

  10. The email used above will receive a message from ScienceBase/Fort DSST IAM titled “Link Login-gov”. Open the email and follow instructions to confirm account linkage (link provided expires after 5 minutes).

  11. Your accounts are now linked!

  12. Log into the NABat Partner Portal using your new credentials. All projects, project memberships, and associated data connected to your ScienceBase account should now be available while logged in with your credentials.


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