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A guide to processing bat acoustic data for the North American Bat Monitoring Program (NABat)

Open-File Report 2018-1068

Prepared in cooperation with Wildlife Conservation Society Canada, USDA Forest Service, US Army Corps of Engineers, Illinois Natural History Survey, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, Colorado Natural Heritage Program, Montana Natural Heritage Program, National Park Service, and Bat Call Identification, Inc.
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https://doi.org/10.3133/ofr20181068

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Abstract

The North American Bat Monitoring Program (NABat) aims to improve the state of conservation science for all species of bats shared by the United States, Canada, and Mexico. To accomplish this goal, NABat offers guidance and standardized protocols for acoustic monitoring of bats. In this document, “A Guide to Processing Bat Acoustic Data for the North American Bat Monitoring Program (NABat),” we provide general recommendations and specific workflows for the process of identifying bat species from acoustic files recorded using the NABat stationary point and mobile transect acoustic monitoring protocols.

Suggested Citation

Reichert, B., and Lausen, C., Loeb, S., Weller, T., Allen, R., Britzke, E., Hohoff, T., Siemers, J., Burkholder, B., Herzog, C., and Verant, M., 2018, A guide to processing bat acoustic data for the North American Bat Monitoring Program (NABat): U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2018–1068, 33 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/ofr20181068.

ISSN: 2331-1258 (online)

Table of Contents

  • Acknowledgments
  • Introduction
  • Step 1. Attribute Acoustic Files
  • Step 2. Noise Scrubbing
  • Step 3. Auto ID
  • Step 4. Manual Vetting
  • Step 5. Submit to NABat
  • Chapter 1. Processing Acoustic Data Using Kaleidoscope Pro Version 4.3.2
  • Chapter 2. Processing Full Spectrum Acoustic Data Using SonoBat 4.2.1
  • Chapter 3. Processing Acoustic Data Using Bat Call Identification ver. 2.7d (BCID)
  • Chapter 4. Processing Zero-Cross Acoustic Data Using EchoClass v 3.1
  • Chapter 5. Processing Zero-Cross Acoustic Data Using AnaLookW 4.2n
  • References
  • Appendix A. Case Study—Using Rule Sets to Process Acoustic Data for USDA Forest Service Lands in Northern California
  • Appendix B. Additional Guidance for AnaLookW
  • Appendix C. Bat Auto ID Species Confusion Matrix


Additional publication details

Publication type:
Report
Publication Subtype:
USGS Numbered Series
Title:
A guide to processing bat acoustic data for the North American Bat Monitoring Program (NABat)
Series title:
Open-File Report
Series number:
2018-1068
DOI:
10.3133/ofr20181068
Year Published:
2018
Language:
English
Publisher:
U.S. Geological Survey
Publisher location:
Reston, VA
Contributing office(s):
Fort Collins Science Center
Description:
vi, 33 p.
Online Only (Y/N):
Y