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Northeast Bat
Working Group

2012 Annual Meeting

The 2012 NEBWG meeting in Carlisle, Pennsylvania included almost three days of presentations of projects by various bat researchers of regional interest. The conference was a blazing success with over 140 participants from all over the country. The event was hosted by John Chenger of Bat Conservation and Management, Inc., with support from Aimee Haskew, Kate Frantz, Janet Tyburec, and Todd Sinander. Representatives from virtually all NEBWG member states provided updates. A number of state and federal widlife agencies were represented, as well as quite a few consultants who have been conducting bat research in the region for a number of years.

Meeting Dates: January 11, 12, 13, 2012

For more detailed information on this event including a paper version of the registration form, please download the 2012 Meeting Announcement.

To facilitate planning and logistics, pre-registration of $25.00 was requested. After December 20, 2011 registration was $35.00.

Immediately preceeding NEBWG, SonoBat developer Joe Szewczak and batmanagement.com offered a SonoBat Software Techniques Workshop. This event was independant from NEBWG and the class was full at 21 participants.


Download the
Meeting Agenda
Updated: 1/8/12

Abstract Compilation
Updated: 1/8/12

Participant List
Updated: 1/20/12

Meeting Minutes
Updated: 1/25/12

Looking for PDF versions of presentations?
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Vendors who participated in NEBWG 2012 included the usual suspects:
bat conservation and management
Aimee, Todd, and John had full spectrum bat detectors,
IR lamps, harp traps, and radio telemetry available to test drive.

Emily and Mike were on hand with books and batty gifts.
SonoJoe was on hand to provide one-on-one demonstrations of SonoBat
and resolve any "ask the developer" questions you can think of.

Please support Leslie's WNS awareness program.

Sherwood and Mona demoed the SM2 and new EM3
full spectrum direct recording bat detectors.

Lauren was available to demonstrate the REBAT;
full spectrum remote monitoring.

Kim and Chris were happy to demonstrate Titley's ANABAT and radio tracking systems.

Agenda and Program Archive
Below is the actual agenda of the conference. Where available, presenters have provided PDF copies of thier presentation. All material is copyrighted. Contact the presenter for more information.
WEDNESDAY 11 JANUARY 2011
DAY1: MEMBER STATE UPDATES AND NEBWG BUSINESS AND OTHER COMMITTEE UPDATES

MEMBER STATE UPDATES
12:50 PM-Welcome, Goals, & Introductions; State Updates (Moderator: John Chenger)
Connecticut (Kate Moran)
Delaware (Holly Niederriter)
Maine (Dave Yates)
Maryland (Dan Feller)
New Hampshire (Emily Brunkhurst)
New Jersey (Mick Valent)

New York (Carl Herzog)
Ohio (Jennifer Norris)
Pennsylvania (Cal Butchkoski)
Rhode Island (Charles Brown)
Additional: Rhode Island notes
Vermont (Alyssa Bennett)
Virginia (Rick Reynolds)
West Virginia (Craig Stihler)


NEBWG BUSINESS AND OTHER COMMITTEE UPDATES AND ANNOUNCEMENTS
Business and Other Committee Updates/Announcements (Moderator: Mike Fishman)
o www.nebwg.org (John Chenger)
o Membership List (Marilyn Kitchel)
o Bat Rehabilitation (Christina Kocer)
o WNS Steering Committee (WNS National Plan Review) (Jeremy Coleman)
o Caving in a Post-WNS World (Greg Turner)
o BMP's for Bat Exclusions (Kristen Watrous)
o BMP's for Wind Developments (Rick Reynolds)
o 2014 NASBR Albany (Emily Davis)
o NEBWG 2013 Update (Mike Fishman)


THURSDAY 12 JANUARY 2011
DAY2: SPECIAL ACOUSTIC SESSION AND GENERAL SESSIONS ON CONSERVATION AND RESEARCH

ACOUSTIC SESSION (Moderator: John Chenger)
8:30 AM-Development of an Automated System for Acoustic Identification of Bats (Eric Britzke)
8:55-Acoustic Monitoring: A “Silver Bullet” or a “Sticky Wicket?” (Janet Tyburec)
9:20-Overlapping Call Characteristics of Myotis (Joe Szewczak)

GENERAL SESSION - SURVEY METHODS (Moderator: Al Hicks)
10:15-GateKeeper beam-break system in AR, IN, KY and 23 months of data from Saltpetre (Michael Baker)
10:30-NY Mobile Acoustic Transects (Carl Herzog)
10:45-MYOSOD Mist Net Capture Efficacy on the Monongahela National Forest (Chris Sanders)
11:00-Effectiveness of Harp Traps for Capturing MYOLEI During Summer in Pennsylvania (Janet Tyburec)
11:15-Methods to Estimate Bat Mortality at Wind Facilities (Kristen Watrous)
11:30-Appalachian Summer Bat Roost Counts in PA (Cal Butchkoski)
11:45-Visualizing Acoustic Transects (David Riggs)

GENERAL SESSION - WNS NEWS AND RESEARCH (Moderator: Aimee Haskew)
1:40-Current Status of the Research and Management of Bat WNS (Jeremy Coleman)
2:00-Susceptibility and Physiology of Bats with WNS (DeeAnn Reeder)
2:15-Wing Damage of Bats During Fall and Spring Surveying at Virginia Hibernacula (Jordan Kime)
2:30-UV Light- A Tool for WNS and Bat Research (John Gumbs)
2:45-Using UV light for as a Tool and Determining Presence of Geomyces Destructans (Greg Turner)
3:00-Wing Healing and Evaluating WDI in Summer (Nathan Fuller)

GENERAL SESSION - MORE WNS NEWS AND RESEARCH (Moderator: Kristen Watrous)
3:30-Shifts in summer bat communities due to White-Nose Syndrome (Laura D'Acunto/Joe Duchamp)
3:45-Can Changes in Bat Population be Detected Using Summer Netting Success? (Jim Hart)
4:00-White Nose Syndrome: Lessons Learned at Fort Drum Military Installation (Chris Dobony)
4:15-Winter Handling of WNS Bats (Al Hicks)
4:30-Large-Scale Analysis of Correlates of Bat Susceptibility to WNS (Brent Sewall)
4:45-Management Guidelines for Indiana Bats (Carl Herzog)
5:00- MYOSOD Survey Protocol Review and Discussion (Robyn Niver)


FRIDAY 13 JANUARY 2011
DAY3: GENERAL SESSIONS ON INVENTORY AND MONITORING

GENERAL SESSION - REGION-WIDE REPORTS (Moderator: Chris Sanders)
8:30 AM-Bats, Fruit, and the Amazon Forest (Kevina Vulinec)
8:45-Summary of Recent Offshore Acoustic Surveys (Sarah Boyden)
9:00-Hello Surveyors If You Are Not Taking Photographs You Are Not Doing Your Job (Al Hicks)
9:15-A New Method of Analyzing Above-canopy Acoustic Bat Activity and Wind Speed (Trevor Peterson)
9:30-Estimated Survey Effort Required for Capturing Bats During Fall Migration (Julie Zeyzus)
9:45-Acoustic Monitoring in the Post-WNS World: Preliminary Tests at Ft. Drum (Laci Coleman)
10:00-Quick Summary of Recently Discovered MYOSEP Roosts (Todd Sinander)

GENERAL SESSION - POTPOURRI (Moderator: Nathan Fuller)
10:30-Bat activity on golf courses in the Delmarva Peninsula (Megan A. Wallrichs)
10:45-House Bat Maternity Monitoring (Alyssa Bennett)
11:00-The Save Lucy Campaign: Plus Musings Concerning Education and Public Perception (Leslie Sturges)
11:15-Summer Bat Activity at a Coastal Site in DE, and Applications for Offshore Wind (Lauren Hooton)
11:30-Very Quick Summary of Recently Discovered MYOLEI Roosts (John Chenger)
11:45-Spring Time at Black Ball Mine: Sodalis Tracking in the Land of Lincoln (Al Hicks)

MEETING WRAP-UP AND CLOSURE: Address Lingering Issues and Unresolved Discussions
12:05- Compilation of Notes on the Proposed 2012 IBAT Acoustic Survey Protocol (Janet Tyburec)

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