Wildlife Acoustics Blog

In New York, bat detecting is a walk in the park

In New York, bat detecting is a walk in the park

This past summer was a busy one for New York’s Central Park as always, but not just while the sun was out. This year, it was also the site of several very popular nighttime bat walks. In fact, they were so popular that they were sold out!

Hosted by the American Natural History Museum and led by New York City Bat Group volunteers, participants of all ages would gather up around dusk, hold up ultrasonic bat detectors, and hear bats all around them, many of them for the first time. With the help of these ultrasonic bat detectors, including the Echo Meter Touch, participants could not only hear bats which are typically inaudible, but they were also able to see the diversity of species living in the city--something that is not obvious to those that only visit the park during the day. The evenings started near balcony bridge but they ended with a whole new appreciation of the the nocturnal wildlife that occupy New York City at night.

STEM tips and resources for girls

STEM tips and resources for girls

One of the great things about how easy it is to use the Echo Meter Touch is that it allows kids to learn about bats, acoustics, and citizen science. In fact, we set up a list of links for students to get Echo Meter Touch for their classroom at our STEM resources page.

Following a request from one of our website visitors, we’ve just added a brand new resource specifically for girls who are interested in STEM. National Girls Collaborative Project is an organization that helps girls get involved in STEM via mini grants. Find new mini grant opportunities here.

Though women make up half the college educated population, fewer than 50% of those involved in the rapidly growing STEM fields are female. For tips on how you can get your female students or children into STEM, you can also check out this page that was recently brought to our attention, which provides tips and links on how to get girls involved in STEM!

Making the move from Song Scope to Kaleidoscope 4.0

Making the move from Song Scope to Kaleidoscope 4.0

Earlier this week, we announced our breakthrough new product, Kaleidoscope Pro 4.0 with Cluster Analysis.

Kaleidoscope 4.0  allows you to quickly sort through massive acoustic audio recording collections to detect vocalizations and sort them according to similarity into "clusters" which can then be quickly reviewed, marked, and exported to other statistical analysis tools like Excel, R, and MatLab.  These clusters can also be used to create classifiers which can find those similar vocalizations in your other recording data. 

You may have built classifiers (recognizers) in the past using our Song Scope software. If so, we believe you will be even happier with how easy and efficient it is to build classifiers with the new Cluster Analysis feature in Kaleidoscope Pro 4.0. 

Wildlife Acoustics is proud to support wildlife conservation efforts

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