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Wildlife Acoustics Announces Be Like A Bat Playhouse Program at NSTA

BOSTON April 2, 2014 Wildlife Acoustics is giving young students a chance to peek at the world through the eyes of a bat with its Be Like a Bat Playhouse Program.

The worldwide provider of bioacoustics recording and analytical technology will be giving away three custom-designed, oversized bat playhouses at the National Science Teachers Association Conference (NSTA).

Be a Bat Playhouse

Each playhouse is more than 5 feet tall and is modeled after a real bat house, letting the imaginations of 4-to-7-year-olds run wild as they become “microbats.”

"The Be Like A Bat Playhouse effort was a creative collaboration in the very best sense of the term," said Robert Gierschick, director of marketing for Wildlife Acoustics." Our partners donated their time and talent to make this project possible, and we had fun thinking like 4-to-7-year olds for a change.”

As students explore the playhouses, they will experience a day in the life of a bat, from roosting (hanging out with buddies) and echolocation (communicating with others) to “flying” in and out of the bat house.

The boxes for the playhouses were donated by Rand Whitney, and the colorful “Bat Facts” graphics that cover the playhouses were donated by Shawmut. Bat Conservation International developed a special K-2 curriculum that ties the playhouse into group activities.

"Because the children get to act like bats, the program delivers lessons in bat biology and bioacoustics in an active and engaging way", said Andrew Walker, CEO of Bat Conservation International. "Perhaps we'll even lead some youngsters into the fields of science and animal biology."

About Wildlife Acoustics

Wildlife Acoustics is the leading provider of bioacoustics monitoring systems for researchers, scientists, conservationists and government agencies worldwide. Its mission is to serve the needs of biologists and conservationists around the globe and create tools that enable them to better understand the changes in the global environment.

Our innovative and affordable hardware, software, and curriculum increase teacher effectiveness and student engagement and promote the cause of the Citizen Scientist in K-12 classrooms.

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About Bat Conservation International

Bat Conservation International is dedicated to the lasting conservation of the world’s 1300+ species of bats. BCI works throughout the world with local communities, government and civic leaders, businesses, scientists and other conservation organizations to identify, protect and manage critical habitats for bats and raise public awareness and appreciation of these remarkable creatures. More information on BCI and its work can be found at www.batcon.org

About Shawmut

Shawmut was founded in 1951 with a commitment to providing quality, service, and value. Today, we are a full-service solutions company, offering our clients design, writing and marketing services as well as printing, mailing, fulfillment, and online fulfillment and inventory in real time. Visit us at www.shawmutprinting.com

About Rand Whitney

Rand-Whitney Container has built its reputation in the packaging industry on delivering creative, cost-saving packaging solutions. Independently owned and operated by The Kraft Group, Rand-Whitney invests substantial capital in new technologies, expanded in-house capabilities, and a quality paper supply to ensure it always meets the emergent demands of its local and international customers. To learn more about Rand-Whitney visit www.randwhitney.com

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Wildlife Acoustics Ships New Line of Song Meter Bioacoustics Recorders.

Song Meter SM3

Third generation Song Meter SM3 and SM3BAT represent breakthrough in wildlife recording technology.

MAYNARD, MA — MARCH 20, 2014 — Wildlife Acoustics, the worldwide provider of bioacoustics recording and analytical technology, is shipping its new, 3rd generation Song Meter SM3 and SM3BAT bioacoustics recorders.

"Our new Song Meter SM3 and SM3BAT sets a new performance benchmark for bioacoustics recorders", said founder and CEO, Ian Agranat. "After shipping almost 14,000 Song Meter recorders to over 60 countries, taking in feedback from our customers all over the world and making significant investments in new hardware, software and firmware, the SM3 platform has capabilities that outstrip competing bioacoustics recorders."

The Song Meter SM3 and SM3BAT have a long list of user-friendly features. From their die cast aluminum, powder coated enclosures, weather-proof SD card and battery bays to custom-designed connectors, the Song Meters can survive anything from scorching desert and frozen regions to humid jungle environments. So much so that the Song Meter is backed by the longest warranty in its class: 3 years.

Extended Deployments and Reduced Cost of Ownership

Song Meter SM3

Song Meters use new high efficiency switching power supplies and power management firmware that extend deployments by 20% over the prior generation SM2+ recorder. "Bat professionals will appreciate close to a 50% increase in deployment time over our SM2BAT+ bioacoustics recorder," said Agranat. Song Meters can also store more than a terabyte of echolocation and wildlife vocalization data, reducing the need for frequent trips into the field.

Enhanced Machine Intelligence

Song Meter SM3 BAT

The SM3 and SM3BAT come with out-of-the box recording programs; including daytime, night time, and continuous recording schedules with automatic configuration. Agranat explains, "Just pick your desired schedule and press the Start button to begin making recordings immediately. Or, you can customize to implement the most sophisticated schedules and settings you can dream up to suit your exact needs."

Simultaneous Recording of Any Combination of Terrestrial and Marine Wildlife

The Song Meter is the only recorder of its kind that can simultaneously record any combination of bat echolocations, bird and frog calls and marine vocalizations. The SM3 and SM3BAT can use an assortment of its new SM3-A1 acoustic and SM3-U1 ultrasonic mics and soon to be released hydrophone, allowing scientists to easily record a diversity of wildlife.

The SM3 acoustic recorder comes complete with two installed acoustic mics and sells for $849.00. The SM3BAT ultrasonic recorder comes complete with the new SM3-U1 ultrasonic mic and 3 meter cable and sells for $1598.00

About Wildlife Acoustics

Wildlife Acoustics is a privately held corporation and the leading provider of bioacoustics monitoring systems for researchers, scientists, conservationists, universities and government agencies worldwide. Wildlife Acoustics' bioacoustics recorders are deployed in over 60 countries and on every continent including Antarctica.

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Robert Gierschick, Director of Marketing
Wildlife Acoustics, Inc.
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Maynard, MA 01754
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Nature Conservancy Confirms Bat Visitors at Artificial Cave

Nashville, TN, June 21, 2013 – In early October 2012, The Nature Conservancy put the finishing touches on a daring gamble to save America’s bats from the epidemic of White Nose Syndrome (WNS). Based on data from the first year’s operation, that gamble is paying off.

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The nonprofit organization’s Tennessee Chapter spent some $300,000 to build an artificial cave prototype as an alternative habitat for bats during winter hibernation—when they are most vulnerable to the deadly fungus that causes WNS. Since 2006, WNS has killed more than 6 million bats across the eastern United States and Canada.

Initial indications are that the artificial cave is off to a good start and functioning well. Bats visited the cave, even though it was completed after their hibernation season had already begun. In addition, the Conservancy was able to attain the ambient temperature and humidity levels in the artificial cave during the winter that are critical to the bats’ use of the environment.

Artificial Bat Cave under construction

The artificial bat cave under construction

Gray bats, the most prevalent species at the nearby natural cave, prefer very cold, humid conditions for hibernation. Temperature and humidity data loggers confirm that the artificial cave was a few degrees colder than the natural cave (Bellamy Cave), which is actually closer to the gray bats’ preferred hibernation temperatures. The artificial cave’s humidity fluctuated a bit more than the natural cave, so more work will be done this summer to ensure stable humidity for next winter.

Because the artificial cave needed to be kept dark and free from human visitation, a key component of the project was bioacoustics monitoring equipment donated to The Nature Conservancy specifically for the artificial cave by Wildlife Acoustics. The Massachusetts-based technology company, a leading developer of recording units for the calls of birds, land animals and marine life, donated two units developed to record bat calls at the artificial cave site.

The Nature Conservancy installed One Song Meter SM2BAT+ unit at the natural cave site on the property to record bats’ ultra-sonic (high frequency) calls. “We recorded fall swarming calls at the natural cave so that we could re-broadcast them at the artificial cave to attract bats to it,” explains Cory Holliday, director of the Tennessee Cave Program from The Nature Conservancy. The idea was to lure bats to the new structure.

The second recording unit was installed at the artificial cave to capture the calls of bats in the man-made structure. The plan appears to have worked well. Wildlife Acoustics performed an analysis of audio recording data captured at the artificial cave with its new Kaleidoscope bat software. The digital recordings confirm that bats of more than one species regularly visited and explored the structure between October 2012 and February 2013.

Entance to theArtificial Bat Cave

Wildlife Acoustics Song Meter SM2BAT+ mounted at the entrance to the artificial bat cave.

“Using the Wildlife Acoustics units, we were able to detect repeated bat activity at the artificial cave with great regularity throughout the winter, which confirmed that bats had found the artificial cave,” says Holliday. “We had a lot of configuration and performance issues with the video cameras being used in the artificial cave. Fortunately, the acoustic data gave us a high level of detail about bat activity inside the artificial cave during its first winter in the ground. We would not have known just how much bat activity we had at the artificial cave without Wildlife Acoustics’ units.”

Because the infrared and thermal video cameras installed in the artificial cave did not function well, it is difficult to determine how many bats actually took up winter residence in the cave. However, Holliday found evidence that suggests at least two bats spent at least part of the winter there.

“It is encouraging that fair numbers of bats were checking out the site,” says eminent bat expert Merlin Tuttle. “We have little information on how long it takes to attract major hibernating populations. Since this site is near Bellamy Cave, the odds of early success should be above average. Pioneering isn't easy, but progress depends on it.”

“Our goal for Year One was that we wanted our artificial cave to maintain a temperature range close to that of the natural cave,” says Holliday. “We achieved that. We did not have any expectations for bats visiting the cave this first year. We ended up having a lot more bats entering and exiting the structure than we had expected, which we know from the Wildlife Acoustics recordings. We are very hopeful that we will see more bat activity this winter.”

The Nature Conservancy will spend this summer working to fine-tune the artificial cave to make it even more attractive to bats before the fall when they begin seeking caves to hibernate.


Paul Kingsbury
The Nature Conservancy in Tennessee

Wildlife Acoustics is proud to support wildlife conservation efforts

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