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2013 Proposed Indiana Bat Survey Protocol

Changes to the iBat summer survey protocols were unveiled by the US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) at the Northeast Bat Working Group Meeting (NEBWG) in Carlisle PA during the January 2012 meeting. These have the potential to significantly change much of the regular bat work in the region. A public comment period is scheduled to allow any interested bat-workers to share their views. To facilitate on-going good science for bats, this site was created to collect references for summer survey protocols, provide a forum for discussion about methodologies for conducting compliance surveys, and act as a permanent repository for comments about the proposed changes.


So, take a moment to download the protocol. To be considered by the FWS, comments must be sent directly to the Service before the 30-day public comment period deadline, but please consider uploading them to this site to share your suggestions with the greater bat community. You can also contribute materials on this site to assist others, browse a library of relevant references, post links to external relevant information, and participate in a discussion forum.


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What’s new?

2013 Indiana Bat Protocol Revision Status Update:


  1. January 3, 2013: Revised 2013 draft is available for public comment.


  1. Mid-May 2012: FWS zero-crossing bat call analysis software expected to be released. EchoClass “beta” was released August 13.


  1. April 1, 2012: A revised draft protocol was due to be released with revisions based on comments received to function as a guide for trial during the 2012 summer season. No revision is expected due to the large number of comments received.


  1. March 2, 2012: The time allotted for official FWS 28 day public comment officially expired March 2 with 57 total responses.


  1. February 3, 2012: The 2012 protocol was publicly released late
    in the day on Friday February 3.



A number of public comments from the 2012 draft have been archived on this site.

-- click here to view the comment archive --



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