Volunteer Opportunities

Nebraska North American Bat Monitoring Program

Requirements for Volunteering with Nebraska NABat

Requirements:
Due to the field based nature of this project there are some requirements to completing surveys.

Volunteers must be:

  • Able to complete Training Session with NABat Coordinator
    • Volunteers are trained to use two types of bat detectors and hand held Global Positioning System (GPS) units
  • Able to carry 15-20 lbs. up to 1.5 miles
  • Able to deal with obstacles safely (example: barbwire fences, wet and muddy ground, and uneven terrain)
  • Able to drive safely at night for up to 4 hours
    • Includes traveling back from a site which may be remote
  • Access to a vehicle that is able to drive on gravel roads and can transport up to four 6 ft. painter’s poles
  • Willing to speak with landowners about NABat
  • Able to commit to the time required to complete at least one Grid Cell
    • Timing for Grid Cell sampling are predetermined by the NABat Coordinator

Required Activities:
For each Grid Cell four activities must be completed:

  • Deployment of 2-4 Stationary Detectors (left out for at least 4 nights)
  • Complete 20-25 mile sampling route 2 times (driving at 20 mph)
  • This will be the same route driven 2 times 45 minutes after sunset
  • Removal of the 2-4 Stationary Detectors previously deployed

Time Commitment:
Each activity needs to be completed. Here are the average time commitments broken down by activity:

Deploying Stationary Detectors
  • Drive to each location (this will vary between start location and distance to grid cells), 30 minutes to 1.5 hours
  • Deploy each detector and take site measurements, 2 to 4 hours
Driving Transect
  • Drive to each location (this will vary between start location and distance grid cells), 30 minutes to 1.5 hours
  • Transects are within each cell, start transect 45 minutes after sunset, 1.5 to 2 hours

**Driving Transects can be done the night after deploying Stationary Detectors and the night after they are removed.

Remove Stationary Detectors
  • Drive to each location (this will vary between start location and grid cells) 30 minutes to 1.5 hours
  • Remove each detector previously placed 2 to 3 hours
Grid Scheduling: May through August, see map below.
map of scheduling

If you are interested in a specific Grid Cell please contact NABat Coordinator Baxter Seguin at for details.

Baxter Seguin, Program Coordinator
Cooperators