Wildlife Acoustics Blog

We're giving $5,000 back to bats!

We're giving $5,000 back to bats!

Thanks to you, we are donating $5,000 to bat conservation.

In late 2017, the release of iOS 11 caused first generation Echo Meter Touch modules to suddenly stop working (Echo Meter Touch 2 and Echo Meter Touch 2 Pro were unaffected by the update). While Apple assured us they were working on a solution, we also came up with a firmware fix so that our customers could get right back to recording bats as soon as possible. This meant, however, that some owners of the first generation Echo Meter Touch had to send their modules back to us or to one of our service centers.

We decided to create an incentive for customers to send back their modules by pledging to donate $10 USD for every Echo Meter Touch returned before January 31, 2018.  

SM2 Yearly Maintenance

SM2 Yearly Maintenance

If you have recorders from the Wildlife Acoustics SM2 family, there are a number of things you should do annually to make sure each is ready for the next recording season:

  • Replace the two AA batteries that run the clock with brand new alkalines. See our past blog post for a trick on how to do this
  • Check that the hex nuts that are around the outside of the various ports are hand-tight. These can sometimes get loose and will allow in water. Never use a wrench to tighten these
  • Check that the white hex shaped vent port is also hand-tight. Again, never use a wrench on this.
  • Look for any visible damage to the SD card slots
  • Look for any signs of water intrusion
  • Check the lid gasket for tears or anything that would interfere with a good seal such as pine needles
  • Update the firmware to the latest available
  • Test your microphones. Acoustic microphones can be tested by creating a manual recording and listening to it. Ultrasonic microphones should be tested using the optional Ultrasonic Calibrator tool available from Wildlife Acoustics
  • Finally, always create test recordings prior to each deployment to verify that the recorder is functioning as expected and all settings are correct.

How to Pick a Birding Festival

How to Pick a Birding Festival

Whether you're brand new to birding or you plan your travel around your life list, birding festivals can be a great way to get excited about the coming year. 

But with hundreds of birding festivals to choose from, it can be a daunting task to narrow down your options. 

Here are some tips to shorten your search and ease the planning process:

Wildlife Acoustics is proud to support wildlife conservation efforts

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