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In the Field: Mounting an SM4BAT mic using a telescoping feeder arm.

In the Field: Mounting an SM4BAT mic using a telescoping feeder arm.

The growing demand for conducting passive acoustic monitoring of bats allowed me, a self-employed bat specialist, to purchase five SM4BAT FS recorders. The choice of passive recorders and analysis software today was somewhat overwhelming, but because the SM4BAT recorders are fully weatherproof, have a decent deployment time, an option to be cable lock secured to a tree and of course the three year warranty length, the decision to choose SM4BAT recorders was a swift one.

Here are the Top 5 Wildlife Acoustics Accessories

Here are the Top 5 Wildlife Acoustics Accessories

For many of you, field work is right around the corner. That means it's prime time to get stocked up on gear and accessories. But what should you order? If you need a bit of inspiration, here are our top 5 most popular accessories:

  1. SMX-II and SM3-A1 acoustic microphones
  2. SM3 Power Cable
  3. 50m cables
  4. 10m cables
  5. 32GB and 64gb SDHC cards

...and don't forget to order mic windscreens as you always want to have extra on hand. This way you'll only have to pay for shipping once!

Spotlight on optional hardware attachments: The SMX-UT ultrasonic microphone

Spotlight on optional hardware attachments: The SMX-UT ultrasonic microphone

Looking to upgrade your bat recording rig? The SMX-UT is our most powerful and precise tool for omnidirectional bat recording.

As the higher end alternative to our SMX-US ultrasonic microphone, the SMX-UT provides a flatter frequency response and higher sensitivity at frequencies above 60kHz. It records up to 192kHz and it’s weatherproof, just like the standard SMX-US microphone. The SMX-UT has very little reduction in sensitivity off-axis, which means it can record bats in all directions. This is helpful for capturing a larger sampling of bat passes and echolocations.

And if your recording needs require a directional microphone, the SMX-UT is compatible with our SMX Horn accessory. This horn will transform the UT microphone into a highly directional microphone.

Wildlife Acoustics is proud to support wildlife conservation efforts

Merlin Tuttle's Bat Conservation Orginization for Bat Conservation Bat Conservation International Bat Conservation Trust