2017 ‘Biennial Meeting and Workshop’ Program

Meeting Agenda

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  • Tuesday, April 11, 2017
  • Wednesday, April 12, 2017
  • Thursday, April 13, 2017
  • Friday, April 14, 2017

0300 pm - 0600 pm

Registration, Fort Collins Hilton Lobby

0530 pm - 0630 pm

WBWG officers meeting, Odell Brewing Company Community Room, 800 E. Lincoln Ave

0700 pm - 0900 pm

Welcoming social, Odell Brewing Company 800 E. Lincoln Ave

0700 am - 0800 am

Continental Breakfast

0700 am - 0900 am

Registration, Fort Collins Hilton

0800 am - 0815 am

Welcome and Logistics  Ernie Valdez, President of WBWG

0815 am - 0845 am

Keynote Address Bat Conservation on a Changing Planet

John Hayes, Dean of the Warner College of Natural Resources, Colorado State University

1205 pm - 0130 pm

Lunch on your own

0445 pm - 0645 pm

Poster Session

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0700 am - 0800 am

Continental Breakfast

0800 am - 0810 am

White-nose Syndrome in Western North America Special Session

Welcome, Introduction, Overview and Announcements

Katie Gillies

0810 am - 0830 am

White-nose Syndrome in Western North America Special Session

Managing the Spread of Pseudogymnoascus destructans and Conservation of Bats Threatened by White-nose Syndrome in North America

Ann Froschauer

0830 am - 1015 am

White-nose Syndrome in Western North America Special Session

Caves and Mines Session
Dan Neubaum, Moderator

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1045 am - 1215 pm

White-nose Syndrome in Western North America Special Session

Crevice and Talus Roosting Session
Ernie Valdez, Moderator

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1215 pm - 0130 pm

Lunch on your own

0130 pm - 0315 pm

White-nose Syndrome in Western North America Special Session

WNS Decontamination and Winter Acoustics Session
Roger Rodriguez, Moderator

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0335 pm - 0530 pm

White-nose Syndrome in Western North America Special Session

WNS Surveillance Session
Michelle Verant, Moderator

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0600 pm - 0900 pm

WBWG Banquet and Auction

0700 am - 0800 am

Continental Breakfast

0800 am - 0810 am

Special Session on Acoustic Monitoring in the Western United States

Welcome and Overview
Roger Rodriguez

0810 am - 0840 am

Special Session on Acoustic Monitoring in the Western United States

Current Issues in Acoustic Monitoring Session

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1015 am - 1150 am

Special Session on Acoustic Monitoring in the Western United States

Pilot Studies in NABat Session

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1150 am - 1200 pm

Final Words
Meeting Adjourned

Wednesday, 12 April 2017

Sessions on 12 April include ‘Habitat Use,’ ‘Conservation and Ecology of Bats,’ ‘Acoustics,’ ‘Technological Advances’ and ‘Poster.’

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  • Habitat Use
  • Conservation and Ecology of Bats
  • Acoustics
  • Technological Advances
  • Poster Session

0845 - 0900 am

Winter Occupancy Trends of Hibernating Cave Myotis in the South Central Great Plains
Katie Gillies, Jonah Evans, Lynda Loucks, Jason Shaw, and William Caire

0900 - 0915 am

Long-term Trends of Hibernating Bat Abundance in Southern Idaho: Implications for Conservation and Management
​Jericho C. Whiting, Brent Sewall, Bill Doering, G.J. Wright, Devin Englestead, Justin Frye, and Todd Stefanic

0915 - 0930 am

Habitat Selection of ​Corynorhinus townsendii​ in Volcanic Caves at Lava Beds National Monument
Katrina Smith, Daniel Barton, and David Riggs

0930 - 0945 am

Establishing a Pre-WNS Baseline for Bats on a Remote Island Archipelago
Carita Bergman, Elin Price, and Leah Russ

0945 - 1000 am

Western Bats as a Reservoir of ​Actinobacteria​ Species with Antifungal Activity
Debbie Buecher, Paris Hamm, Nicole Caimi, Diana Northup, Ara Winter, Ernie Valdez, and Andrea Porras-Alfaro

1020 - 1035 am

Winter and Summer Torpor in a Free-ranging Subtropical Desert Bat, Myotis vivesi
Dave Johnston, Valeria Salinas R., Jose Juan Flores-Martinez, and L. Gerardo Herrera M.

1035 - 1050 am

Conservation of Endangered Pollinators: Designing Community “Bat-friendly” Agave Management Programs in Northeast Mexico through Interdisciplinary Research
Kristen Lear, Jeffrey Hepinstall-Cymerman, Elizabeth King, Laura German, Clint Moore, Meredith Welch-Devine, and Jose Juan Flores Maldonado

1050 - 1105 am

Climate Change Modeling Reveals Major Shifts in Suitable Habitat Niches for Western North American Bats
Mattia Piccioloi, Daniel Taylor, Rachel Blakey, Trish Badeen, Sally Butts, and Hugo Rebelo

1105 - 1120 am

Recovering America’s Wildlife Act of 2016 and What Passage of the Act May Mean to You and the Bats You Love
​Lauri Hanauska-Brown

1120 - 1135 am

Molecular Analysis of the Diet of Parastrellus hesperus
Krysta Demere and Loren Ammerman

1135 - 1150 am

Tree-roosting Bats in Western United States: What We Know and What’s Next
Jesse Alston, Douglas Keinath and Jacob Goheen

1150 - 1205 pm

Wet Refuges for Bats: What Influences Bat Use of Waterbodies at the Landscape Scale?​
Rachel Blakey, Blair McLaughlin, and Winifred Frick

0130 - 0145 pm

Acoustic Assessment of Year-round Bat Activity and Distribution in Montana and Surrounding Areas
​Daniel Bachen, Braden Burkholder, Alexis McEwan, and Bryce Maxell

0145 - 0200 pm

Acoustic Bat Activity and Fatality Estimates from Post-construction Monitoring at a Montana Wind Farm
​Kimberly Linnell, Dan Bachen, and Kristina Smucker

0200 - 0215 pm

Combining Acoustic Monitoring of Bats with Other Species for Monitoring Projects in Northern Alberta
Delanie Player

0215 - 0230 pm

The Role of Accidental Bat Translocation in the Fungal Transmission Dynamics of Pseudogymnoascus destructans
Tory Rhoads and Karen Blejwas

0230 - 0245 pm

Estimating Bat Species Occupancy and Habitat Use in the Great Basin
Bryan Hamilton and Dylan Rhea-Fournier

0245 - 0300 pm

Static Long-term Acoustic Monitoring for Migratory Bat Detection
​William Rainey

0320 - 0335 pm

Utilizing Large Acoustic Detector Arrays to Account for Spatiotemporal Variation in Bats
Zachary Warren, Michael Whitby, Baxter Seguin, Catherine Berrick, and Craig Allen

0335 - 0350 pm

Are Bats Acoustically Challenged by Mine Closures Using Corrugated Culverts?Patricia Brown, James Simmons, Kelsey Hom, Meike Linnenschmidt, Tyler Beck and Zelda Blowers

0350 - 0405 pm

Use of Miniature GPS Tags and Data Loggers to Track Microbats Long-term
​Kevin Castle, Ted Weller, Paul Cryan, Cris Hein, Michael Schirmacher, and T.A. Dewey

0405 - 0420 pm

Ultraviolet Illumination as a Means of Reducing Bat Activity
Paul Cryan, P. Marcos Gorresen, David Dalton, Sandy Wolf, and Frank Bonaccorso

Alphabetical order by first author

  • Summer Roost Selection of Four Myotis Species in the Pine Ridge Region of Western Nebraska
    *Brett Andersen and Keith Geluso
  • In-hand Measurements of Adult Bats of the Northern Great Plains and Rocky Mountains
    *Daniel Bachen, Ellen Whittle, and Bryce Maxell
  • Implications Associated with the Western Range Expansion of Eastern Red Bat Species in the United States Brett Andersen, Keith Geluso, *Larisa Bishop-Boros
  • Bats in the Boondocks: Citizen Science Bat Monitoring in Southeastern Alaska
    *Karen Blejwas, Michael Kohan, Tory Rhoads, and Grey Pendleton
  • Acoustic Monitoring for Bats in Alaska’s National Parks
    *Paul Burger
  • Crucial Hibernacula for Bats in Southern Idaho: Implications for Conservation and Management
    *Bryan Bybee, Bill Doering, Jericho Whiting, Joe Lowe, Devin Englestead, Justin Frye, Scott Earl, April Earl, Rob Cavallaro, Todd Stefanic, and Bill Bosworth
  • Baseline Data on Wintering Bats and Hibernacula in Texas
    Melissa B. Meierhofer, *Krysta Demere, Michael Morrison, Brian Pierce, Joseph Szewczak, and Johan Evans
  • Winter Activity of Bats Outside of Nine Desert Caves in Idaho
    *Bill Doering, Jericho Whiting, and Bryan Bybee
  • Tailoring the Analysis of Bat Acoustic Recordings to Ecological Research Goals: Effects of Changing Software Parameters
    *Tabitha Gulley, Michelle Verant, Megan McKenna, Dan Licht, and Rachel Buxton
  • Identifying and Characterizing Roosts of Lasiurus ega and Lasiurus intermedius
    P. Citlally Jimenez, Ben Skipper and *Loren Ammerman
  • Searching for Natural Defenses (Actinobacteria) Against White-Nose Syndrome Found on Bats at a Gateway to the West
    Emily Johnson, Edward Strach, Patrick Lewis, Nicole Caimi, *Ernie Valdez and Diana Northrup
  • Long-eared Bat Taxonomy: Nuclear Genetic Evidence Eliminates the Species Status of Keen’s Myotis
    *Cori Lausen, Doug Burles, Dave Nagorsen, Karen Blejwas, Purnima Govindarajulu, and Laura Friis
  • Do Dams Affect Bat Diets
    *Anya Metcalfe
  • Swarming Surveys in Colorado: Standardized Sampling and Evaluation as a Potential Vector for the Transmission of White-Nose Syndrome in Bats
    *Daniel Neubaum, Jeremy Siemers, and Kirk Navo
  • Bat Acoustics at Lava Beds National Monument
    David Riggs
  • Acoustic Investigation of a Southern Arizona Bat Roost
    *Iris Rodden and Don Carter
  • Climbers for Bat Conservation: Citizen Science for Understanding Bat Use of Cracks and Crevices
    *Robert Schorr, Bernadette Kuhn, and Shawn Davis
  • Little Brown Bat (Myotis lucifugus) Maternity Colony Monitoring in Northwestern Colorado: Site Fidelity and Early Efforts to Assess Tag Loss
    *Robert Schorr and *Jeremy Siemers
  • Multi-Scale Occupancy Estimation Using NABat Data in Colorado: Effects of Noise, Clutter, and Weather
    *Savanna Smith and Jeremy Siemers
  • Conservation of Historic Building for Corynorhinus townsendii, and Site Faithfulness Following Substantial Roost Disturbance and Renovation
    *Greg Tatarian
  • Does the Size and Tree Composition of Monterey Pine Habitat Affect Bat Activity and Diversity
    Kelly Terry, Oscar Scholin, Niklas Kennedy, Kaeden Fletcher-Vogel, Matthew Mendez, Julius Gutierrez, Leo Lauritzen, Elijah Taurke, Dylan MacLaren, Kira Kitayama, Yuri Suzuki, Robertson Rice and *Dave Johnston
  • How Rare? Limits of Detection of a Genetic Assay for Species Identification from Guano
    Faith Walker, Viacheslav Fofanov, Abigail Tobin, Colin Sobek, *Daniel Sanchez, and Carol Chambers
  • Bat Mortality at Wind-energy Facilities in Southern Idaho
    *J. Daniel Whittle, Nicholas Royston, Becky Abel, Jericho Whiting, and Bill Doering

Thursday, 13 April 2017

Sessions on 13 April include ‘Caves and Mines,’ ‘Crevice and Talus Roosting,’ ‘White-nose Syndrome Decontamination and Winter Acoustics’ and ‘White-nose Syndrome Surveillance.’

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  • Caves and Mines
  • Crevice and Talus Roosting
  • WNS Decon and Winter Acoustics
  • WNS Surveillance

0830 - 0845 am

A Review of Bat Hibernacula in the Western United States: Implications for White-nose Syndrome Surveillance
Ted Weller and Thomas Rodhouse

0845 - 0900 am

Monitoring Western Bats in the Face of White-nose Syndrome
Debbie Buecher

0900 - 0915 am

The Use of Abandoned Mines by Bats in Colorado, and Implications for Winter Surveillance
Kirk Navo, Tom Ingersoll, Lea Bonewell, Nancy LaMantia-Olson, Mark Hayes and Antoinette Piaggio

0915 - 0930 am

Bat Use, Human Visitation, and Environmental Attributes of Cave Hibernacula in Montana
Dan Bachen, Bryce Maxell and Lauri Hanauska-Brown

0930 - 0945 am

A West-wide Perspective on Subterranean Roost Conditions
Jason Corbett

0945 - 1015 am

Panel Discussion

1045 - 1100 am

Unsuspected Retreats: Use of Rock Crevices and Talus as Autumn Transition Roosts and Potential Hibernacula
Dan Neubaum

1100 - 1115 am

Crevice-roosting Bats: Hibernacula and Winter Flights
Cori Lausen, Brandon Klug-Baerwald and Thomas Hill

1115 - 1130 am

Emerging Insights: Transition Season Behavior and Winter Roosts of Little Brown Bats in Southeast Alaska
Karen Blejwas, Michael Kohan, Laura Beard and Grey Pendleton

1130 - 1145 am

Winter Bat Activity in a Landscape without Traditional Hibernacula
Amy Hammesfahr and Rene Ohms

1145 - 1215 pm

Panel Discussion

0130 - 0145 pm

Developing Guidance for White-nose Syndrome Decontamination at Non-subterranean Bat Roosts in the Pacific Northwest
Abby Tobin and Katie Haman

0145 - 0200 pm

Winter Bat Activity in Western Canada
Cori Lausen, Brandon Klug-Baerwald and Elizabeth Claire

0200 - 0215 pm

Use of Acoustic Monitoring to Detect Cave Use and Unknown Hibernacula of Bats on Extinct Lava Flows in New Mexico
Ernie Valdez, Ara S. Winter, Clara L. Hittel and Emily Johnson

0215 - 0230 pm

Large-scale Winter Acoustic Monitoring in Colorado
Tina Jackson, Daniel Neubaum and Kellen M. Keisling

0230 - 0245 pm

Sharing Acoustic Data to Help Conserve Bats Over Their Full Annual Cycle
Ted Weller and Karen Blejwas

0245 - 0315 pm

Panel Discussion

0335 - 0350 pm

Region-wide Western Bat Working Group WNS Surveillance Activities
Katie Gillies

0350 - 0405 pm

WNS Surveillance in the Pacific Northwest: Winter 2017 Field Work
Shawn Thomas

0405 - 0420 pm

Understanding the Impacts of White-nose Syndrome on Washington’s Bat Population
Abby Tobin, Katie Haman and Chris Anderson

0420 - 0435 pm

An Examination of Fungal Diversity of Resident and Migratory Bat Species in Colorado
Erin Lehmer, Kirk Navo and Steven Fenster

0435 - 0500 pm

WNS/Pd Surveillance Guidance for Western States
Anne Ballmann, Kyle George, Elizabeth Bohuski, and Jeff Lorch

0500 - 0530 pm

Panel Discussion

Friday, 14 April 2017

Sessions on 14 April include ‘Current Issues in Acoustic Monitoring’ and ‘Pilot Studies in NABat.’

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  • Acoustic Monitoring Issues
  • Pilot Studies in NABat

0810 - 0825 am

Unraveling Zero Crossing and Full Spectrum – What Does it all Mean?
Ian Agranat

0825 - 0840 am

Progress and Limitations of Bat Acoustic Species Classification
Joe Szewczak

0840 - 0855 am

Recognizing Bat Social Calls
Chris Corben

0855 - 0910 am

The Application of Acoustic Detection Technology for Bat Conservation: The Goals, Challenges, and Needs of Land and Natural Resource Management = Agencies (Summary of Discussion at 2017 Bat Echolocation Symposium)
Bronwyn Hogan

0910 - 0940 am

Panel Discussion

1000 - 1015 am

NABat: The Program, Recent Advances, and Unmet Challenges
Brian Reichert and Patty Stevens

1015 - 1025 am

North American Bat Monitoring Pilot Surveys in Arizona
Angie McIntire

1025 - 1035 am

Colorado NABat
Jeremy Siemers and Tina Jackson

1035 - 1045 am

California NABat
Bronwyn Hogan

1045 - 1055 am

From Concept to Implementation: Lessons Learned from Getting NABat Started in Nebraska
Michael Whitby, Baxter Seguin, and Craig Allen

1055 - 1105 am

Bat Grid 2.0: Integrating the Original Bat Grid and the North American Bat Monitoring Program in Oregon
Roger Rodriguez, Sarah Reif, Thomas J. Rodhouse, Pat Ormsbee, and Kathryn Irvine

1105 - 1135 am

Panel Discussion

1135 - 1150 am

NABat and Stats: Exploring and Improving Statistical Guidance in “the Plan”
Kathi Irvine, Wilson Wright, Thomas Rodhouse, Roger Rodriguez, Sarah Reif, Pat Ormsbee, Katharine Banner, Andrea Litt and Jenny Barnett

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