NABat News February 2021

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Photo Contest Animals Abstract Submission North American Wind Energy Academy Call for Abstracts Western Bat Working Group Call for Abstracts Grant Opportunity Partner Portal Update Adds Uploading Capture Records Update on Organizations Upcoming Events Employment Opportunities Resources FAQs CoP



NABat Photo Contest Announcement


NABat, in conjunction with Bat Conservation International, is excited to announce a photo contest open to partners and the general public. NABat and BCI will accept photos in two categories through March 14: (1) people collecting data in the field, and (2) bats species of interest. After the deadline, the community will be invited to vote on their favorite photos, and the top submissions will be featured on the NABat website.




Contest Details


Photo Categories

1. People in the field collecting data during:

  • Mobile acoustic transects

  • Stationary acoustic monitoring

  • Winter colony counts

  • Summer internal roost/colony counts

  • Bat emergence

2. Bat species of interest:

  • Big brown bat (Eptesicus fuscus)

  • Cave bat (Myotis velifer)

  • Eastern small-footed bat (Myotis leibii)

  • Eastern red bat (Lasiurus borealis)

  • Fringed bat (Myotis thysanodes)

  • Gray bat (Myotis grisescens)

  • Indiana bat (Myotis sodalis)

  • Little brown bat (Myotis lucifugus)

  • Long-legged bat (Myotis volans)

  • Northern long-eared bat (Myotis septentrionalis)

  • Silver-haired bat (Lasionycteris noctivagans)

  • Tricolored bat (Perimyotis subflavus)

  • Western long-eared bat (Myotis evotis)

  • Yuma bat (Myotis yumanensis)


Submission Requirements

  • Accepted formats: jpg or tiff

  • Minimum resolution: 300 dpi


The top winners will receive an AudioMoth and case!



For more information, or to submit a photo, please visit here.




Animals Accepting Abstract Submissions


The journal Animals is currently accepting submissions for a special issue entitled "Bat Biology in Relation to Wind Energy Development." The issue will focus on advancements in methodologies used to assess bat populations, technologies used to study bat activity and behavior, and physiological characteristics impacting how bats respond to various stimuli (e.g., audio, visual, electromagnetic) that may serve as attractors or deterrents to wind turbines. Manuscript submissions will be accepted through September 30, 2021.






North American Wind Energy Academy Call for Abstracts


The North American Wind Energy Academy (NAWEA) will accept abstracts for posters and presentations through April 16, 2021. Abstracts are grouped into 5 tracks. Track 2 is focused on social and environmental considerations.



More info about the NAWEA is available here. Abstracts can be submitted here.




Western Bat Working Group Call for Abstracts


The 2021 Western Bat Working Group (WBWG) Biennial Conference Virtual Meeting will be held April 27-28 via Zoom. WBWG will accept abstract submissions through February 15. Each presenter will be allotted a 20-minute time slot, including Q & A.



More information about the WBWG Biennial Conference, including abstract submission guidelines, can be found here.



Grant Opportunity with The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation


The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation is now accepting applications to the Bats for the Future Fund, which provides grant funding to slow or halt the spread of white-nose syndrome and promote the survival and recovery of affected bat populations and species. Up to $1 million is available to support innovative and collaborative projects that employ field treatments and tools to fight this deadly disease and the fungus that causes it. More information on this grant opportunity, open through April 29, can be found here. Funding is largely provided by the USFWS, with additional contributions from Southern Company and the Avangrid Foundation.



Details on the RFP can be found here.




Partner Portal Update Adds Capture Record Upload Functionality


With a recent update to the NABat Partner Portal, users can now upload bat capture records, including data from mist-net and harp trap surveys.


Before uploading, users should download the capture record upload template, available here (follow the link and look for 'Capture_Records_Template.csv').


To upload capture records, simply log in to your NABat project, click the 'Upload Survey Data' button, and select 'Capture Records.' Select the file with data (downloaded from the link above) and click 'Submit.'



To upload capture records, simply log in to your NABat project, click the 'Upload Survey Data' button, and select 'Capture Records.' Select the file with data (downloaded from the link above) and click 'Submit.'




Please note: while NABat is now accepting capture records, future updates to the website are scheduled to enable mapping, reporting, and synthesis with other project data. Currently, capture record uploads will appear as 'unprocessed' in the Bulk Upload Status tab. This means the data are received and pending integration into the database.


This is a great opportunity to get a head start on uploading capture data, ensuring those data are backed up, available for visualization and query, and stored for future analyses




Reminder: Update Your Partner Portal Organization


The NABat Partner Portal now features a Partnerstab, a section of the website intended to give credit to the many organizations that make up the NABat Program. On this section of the website, Partner Cards are displayed to provide additional information about data-contributing organizations, now including a logo and an organization website URL!




If your project's organization is set to 'Other,' NABat would like to create a Partner Card for your organization. We also encourage organizations with existing Partner Cards to consider updating their organization info, including website URLs and organization logos. The following information can be entered or updated:


  • Organization Name

  • Organization Description

  • Address, City, State/Province, Postal/Zip Code

  • NEW! Organization Leader (organization leaders have access to any projects associated with their organization)

  • NEW! Organization Homepage (URL)

  • NEW! Organization Logo (.png files preferred)


Log in to your Partner Portal project and view the 'Details' tab to see organization info for your project. To update or create your organization's Partner Card, or for more info, please email James Cox.






Upcoming Events






Job Posting: Crew Lead and Assistant Field Tech Positions at Northwest Bat Hub


The Northwest Bat Hub is seeking to hire Crew Leads and Student Assistant Field Techs to conduct NABat stationary acoustic monitoring surveys in Oregon, Washington, and Idaho during the 2021 summer season. For further details and to apply, please visit:


Crew Leads – https://jobs.oregonstate.edu/postings/97425

Student Assistant Field Techs – https://jobs.oregonstate.edu/postings/97183




Partner Portal Project QA/QC Tools


A recent update to the NABat Partner Portal brings new tools to quality check your data. Located at the top of the project homepage, new QA/QC tools notify users of potential errors in the dataset. Information included in the tool includes:

  1. Survey Details - Displays surveys in which metadata are missing from deployment information.

  2. Survey Locations - Displays surveys that are missing location information or locations that are missing survey information.

  3. Unknown Locations - Lists any surveys that are not associated with a spatial object (point location or mobile transect line feature) or are lacking precise location coordinates.

  4. Duplicate Locations - Lists any two survey locations of the same type (e.g. Stationary Detector & Stationary Detector) that are within close proximity, usually 100m or less.

  5. Bounding Box - Displays a bounding box enclosing the outer bounds of all project-related data locations



Log into the Partner Portal and use the QA/QC Tools



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Users who have questions or need assistance are encouraged to reach out to our Technical Monitoring team for consultation: Dane Smith, James Cox, and Jaclyn Martin.




FAQs


Q: I've been collecting acoustic data in my area for years, but my methods don't match those outlined in the Plan for NABat. Should I contribute my data anyway? If so, what kind of project should I create (legacy or NABat)?

A: NABat encourages users to contribute any and all monitoring data they have collected. While some of these data may not be used in our occupancy analyses, they can be used in a number of other ways, including for Bayesian priors. All monitoring data is valuable and informative, and NABat strives to be the centralized database for all North American bat monitoring data, however it was collected. When determining whether to establish a legacy project or a NABat project, the primary consideration should be whether you plan to continue monitoring the cells. If you only wish to contribute historical data, a legacy project is most appropriate. If you plan to continue monitoring, in most instances, a NABat project is most appropriate. However, if you plan to continue monitoring, we strongly encourage you to consider the NABat methodology going forward so that the data can be fully incorporated into regional and continental analyses.


Check out all of the FAQ's here!





February 2021 NABat Community of Practice Monthly Meeting


Date/Time:   02/09/2021 @ 10 AM MT

Agenda: 1. NABat Regional Hubs info - Bethany Straw and NABat Coordinators:

  • Mid-Atlantic Bat Hub - Sabrina Deeley/Jesse De La Cruz

  • Midwest Bat Hub - Louis Hunninck

  • Northwest Bat Hub - Roger Rodriguez

  • PacWest Bat Hub - Nat Goodby

  • Southwest Bat Hub - Kathy Gerst

2. Updates from USGS Program Coordinating Office - James Cox

  • Announcing Partner Portal functionality for uploading capture records

  • Reminder of Partner Portal project QA/QC tools

  • Update on NABat organization Partner Cards

  • Announcement of upcoming photo contest

We want to hear from you! If you would like to present as a Featured NABat Community Member during a CoP Monthly Meeting, send an email to James Cox.


If you would like to be added to the NABat Community of Practice Monthly Call, please send an email to James Cox. We want to hear from you! If you would like to present as a Featured NABat Community Member during a CoP Monthly Meeting, send an email to James Cox. If you would like to be added to the NABat Community of Practice Monthly Call, please send an email to James Cox.




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