Foraging Telemetry Technician Positions, Indiana
Indiana State University’s Center for Bat Research, Outreach, and Conservation is seeking technicians for a bat foraging study in central Indiana at the Hardwood Ecosystem Experiment. These positions are dynamic and require some mist netting and roost homing telemetry but mostly consists of tracking bats with radio telemetry while they are out foraging at night. Applicants must be visual map thinkers and have good direction and navigation skills. Please see below for further details on pay and housing, etc.
Application deadline has been extended to March 27, 2017.
For more details on job description and how to apply, see job posting document: Indiana HEE Job Posting 2017
Help us spread the word about our annual Bat Art Contest! The contest is for all ages (categories in three age groups). Those who enter have a chance to win cash $$$ prizes!
Entries are due 16 September 2016, so spread the word and get started on your project.
For more details and to enter visit our page, Bat Festival Art Contest.
We hope to see you at our 10th Annual Indiana Bat Festival! This is a free event for the whole family that includes lots of kids activities, presentations with live bats and other wildlife, plus exciting presentations from scientists who study bats from right here in Indiana and all around the world!
Check back for a detailed schedule, but for now – add this to your calendar, spread the word, share on facebook, and get started on your project for our art contest!
Friday April 17, 2015 was a historic day in global bat conservation!! Not only did we celebrate Bat Appreciation Day (mark your calendars…it’s always April 17), but there was another momentous event: the signing of a formal agreement between Canada, Mexico, and the United States to cooperate in efforts to protect bats and their habitats across the North American continent. This agreement provides a platform for continental conservation efforts, which will be particularly important for species like the Hoary Bat (Lasiurus cinereus), which knows no continental boundaries in North America. Cheers to all the hardworking bat biologists that made this possible!
You can find the text of the agreement here.
Hoary Bat (Lasiurus cinereus)
Indiana State University is seeking four field technicians to assist with research involving the federally endangered Indiana bat (Myotis sodalis). This research will occur near the Indianapolis International Airport, and is part of a long-term monitoring effort. Duties will include mist-netting, radio telemetry, emergence counts, acoustic surveys, and conducting roost/habitat vegetation plots.
Technicians are needed from May 14 to August 15 and can expect to work long shifts including late nights (up till 4 am) up to 10 nights in a row. A positive attitude and strong work ethic are the most important qualities we’re seeking.
This is a great opportunity for an undergraduate or recent graduate to gain experience with a variety of field techniques. The employee will gain hands-on experience using several different bat detector models, in addition to modern radio telemetry techniques.
Please see the following document for more information about the position and application process.
Bat Field Technician (Indianapolis) 2015
To learn more about past and current projects conducted by ISU’s Bat Center, see our Research page.
Whether you own, manage, or regularly use a swimming pool, we are interested in hearing from you. Do you see bats at your pool? If your answer is yes, please take the survey and tell us more about your observations. If you don’t see bats, we still want you to take the survey so we can learn more about pools bats don’t seem to use.
Thanks to The Weather Channel for posting an excellent video (Do Bats Crave Your Pool?) that highlights our results from the first year of the survey and explains why we need more data. This article from Inside Science (Mom, There’s a Bat in the Pool!) gives an in-depth explanation of why bats use pools and why they might get trapped in pools. Our goal is to obtain 1000 responses this summer. With the data from this survey, we will have a better understanding of where bats use pools and how to manage pools to minimize the chances that a bat will drown when they swoop down to take a drink.
Click on the Hoary Bat below to navigate to the survey page!
Thanks for your help!
With so many conservation issues challenging bat populations around the world, it is critical to train the next generation of bat researchers in the skills and abilities needed to study bats effectively. ISU Bat Center graduate student Vanessa Rojas is training undergraduate Alexis Bender to deploy a passive acoustic detector for bat surveys in northeast Tennessee. Alexis is conducting her own independent research project this summer, gathering acoustic data via driving transects to better understand the distribution of bats in this region. She and several other undergraduate students are getting their first exposure to bats on a Bat Center project this season.