Normandeau Scientists Provide Training at PA Chapter of The Wildlife Society

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Stowe, PA — Normandeau staff provided a live demonstration of bat acoustic equipment and led two workshop sessions at the Pennsylvania Chapter of The Wildlife Society''s Fall Field Day. The event, held at the Penn State DuBois campus, covered a wide range of topics including Pennsylvania Elk; Mist Netting and Bird Banding; Training in Wetland Delineations; Plant Identification for Wildlife Biologists; Non-lethal Wildlife Damage Management Methods; New Geospacial and Sensor Technologies for Quantifying Animal Behavior; The Secret Behind the Rattle; Timber Rattlesnakes; Raising and Tagging Monarch Butterflies; and Introduction to Bat Sampling Technology.

Normandeau staff led two of these hands-on work sessions, sharing their expertise in wetland delineation and bat sampling technology:

(1) Speed Training in Wetland Delineation

Jane Rowan and Keith Maurice, two of Normandeau''s Senior Scientists and certified professional wetland scientists, discussed the Clean Water Act and highlighted the science behind the delineation process for wetlands and water bodies. The presentation covered observation of soil and hydrology characteristics as well as the identification of the dominant plant community. Staff also provided information about important reference resources and answered questions about the ecological diversity and value of wetlands in Pennsylvania. The workshop included both classroom and field components.

(2) An Introduction to Bat Sampling Technology

Jason Collins, one of Normandeau''s wildlife biologists and a qualified bat surveyor, presented information about the bats of Pennsylvania and explored the variety of sampling techniques biologists use to study bats, with an emphasis on acoustic detection. The field component of the training demonstrated the deployment of acoustic detectors and collection of detectors that had been left out the night before. Attendees analyzed the recordings using different software to identify which species were recorded.

Information about the event can be found here: