Bat acoustics and handling training was conducted at Central Department of Zoology, Tribhuvan University, Kathmandu, Nepal. The training was supported by Rufford Small Grants, UK under the project entitled “Habitat and acoustic survey and an action plan for bats conservation in the Kathmandu Valley, Nepal” from 19-21 April, 2017. The training targeted project team members from SMCRF and enthusiast university students of Zoology and Environment Sciences from Tribhuvan University. The main objective of this training was to build the capacity of trainee to develop bat echolocation call library and analysis of the recorded echolocation calls. The specific objectives of the training were:
- Learning to operate bat detectors including SM4BAT ZC and record bat calls
- Learning to run Kaleidoscope Viewer software and analyze recorded bat calls
- Know administering mist nets and careful handle bats captured
The training program included lectures on different types of bat detectors (heterodyne, frequency division and Time expansion). Field demonstration and operation of old and new generations of bat detectors for passive and active monitoring such as Magenta Mkllb, Pettersson D200, Bat Box Duet, Pettersson D 240x, SM4BAT ZC. However, calls were recorded from SM4BAT ZC for the analysis. The recorded calls were analyzed by the participants running Kaleidoscope Viewer software. Besides, administering mist nets and careful handling of captured bats were demonstrated. Bats were captured by hands (gloved), immediately identified in the field, tagged with light tags and their echolocation calls were recorded following the released bats. In addition, Documentaries “Secret World of Bats” and “WILD BURMA” were shown to the trainee to provide the information and idea about bats and expedition survey of biodiversity.