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Bat Week 2015 takes on a Guinness World Record Attempt and Capitol Hill!

Bat Week 2015 takes on a Guinness World Record Attempt and Capitol Hill!

What is Bat Week?

Bat Week (October 25-31) is an annual awareness campaign for bats. This year it includes a Signature Event on Capitol Hill, a social media campaign aimed to educate the public on bats, and a Guinness World Record attempt for Most Bat Houses Built in a Day. The record setting attempt will aptly be held on Halloween at multiple locations, including Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge.

More about the Signature Event:

On October 27, Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) will be the featured guest along with other members of Congress and their staff, leading White-nose syndrome federal experts and policy makers at a reception on Capitol Hill to kick off the week long celebration. The evening includes bat house building, educational displays from partner organizations and bat-supported food and beverages. Wildlife Acoustics will also be there demonstrating the Echo Meter Touch as an example of how the latest technology can help us study bats!

About the Halloween Guinness World Record Attempt:

Halloween day (October 31st) will mark a Guinness World Record attempt for Most Bat Houses Built in a Day. Throughout the day, participants of all ages at designated sites around the globe will attempt to build thousands of bat houses to give bats new places to roost and raise their young. Want to participate? Find a nearby site at www.batweek.org.

Our First Scientific Product Grant Results

Our First Scientific Product Grant Results

We were blown away by the volume and quality of the grant applications that we received in this past quarter for our first Wildlife Acoustics Product Grant application cycle. We received over 80 applications from all over the world. There were projects about koalas, penguins, and even crocodiles!

A handful of WA staff volunteered our time to diligently read the applications and make the tough decision of which to choose. In the end, we were happy to be able to provide Wildlife Acoustics gear to two projects this quarter.

Mark Danaher, Friends of the Florida Panther Refuge:

Project: Investigation of Eumops floridanus on the Florida Panther Wildlife Refuge

Customer Spotlight: Echo Meter Touch bicycle transects

Customer Spotlight: Echo Meter Touch bicycle transects

Can the Echo Meter Touch be used for bicycle transects?

For our resourceful customer Peder Halverson, the answer is yes.

Wondering know how he did it? Peder shared the details with us:

"It’s simply a camera monopod fastened to the bike’s front wheel frame, a wooden platform fastened to that, a cardboard iPad mini case box glued to that, the iPad mini in the carboard secured by a Velcro band. The module’s microphone is covered by a windscreen salvaged from a Zoom H2 recorder that was once used to record bat calls from a Petterson unit. The monopod pole can telescope up farther, but I like it this way for better visibility of the road ahead. The iPad can rotate on the monopod either this way, giving better visibility ahead, or it can rotate so that the screen is always visible to the rider. It likes to ride this way, slowly rotating to this orientation.

This method is being compared with the method in which the iPad is slipped into the rope pocket on the back of a backpack. So far the two methods seem to give equally good spectrograms, even though one might imagine the pole method to give less audio reflections. The backpack method allows the iPad’s cover to remain open, so that the screen is visible to automobiles to the rear, acting as a great additional reflector. It also feels a lot more secure for the iPad and module.

Wildlife Acoustics is proud to support wildlife conservation efforts

Merlin Tuttle's Bat Conservation Orginization for Bat Conservation Bat Conservation International Bat Conservation Trust Wildlife Habitat Counsil