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  • WEST attends The Wildlife Society - Wyoming Chapter

    WEST is in attendance at The Wyoming Chapter of The Wildlife Society this week at the University of Wyoming. Research Biologist Dr. Hall Sawyer will be presenting “Migratory Plasticity is Not Ubiquitous Among Large Herbivores” and Research Biometrician Dr. Jason Carlisle will be giving a short talk on “Counting Chickens: The Ups and Downs of 7 Years of Monitoring the Range-Wide Abundance of Lesser Prairie-Chickens”.

  • WEST Teaches in Belize

    WEST Wildlife Biologist Nick Bartok is an instructor at the “Fall 2018 NABC Bird Banding Workshop and Certification” in Alta Vista, Belize this week. Attendees at the 5-day workshop will learn the basics of bird banding from certified NABC trainers.

    In addition, WEST biologists Quentin Hays and Donald Solick were also instructors for the “Bat Survey Techniques Workshop” section of the training course last week. Hosted by Ecorana Environmental, an eco-travel and environmental education company, and partner facility Toucan Ridge Ecology and Education Society, the workshop brings together students, researchers, and eco-tourists to learn technical bat survey skills, among other subjects surrounding bats.

    More information about these two workshops can be found here: http://www.treesociety.org/

  • Wild Migrations Atlas Tour

    Celebrate Wild Migrations! WEST research biologist Hall Sawyer is a co-author of “Wildlife Migrations: Atlas of Wyoming’s Ungulates”. Hall and co-authors are participating in a 2018 Wyoming Book Tour, travelling throughout the state sharing stories about Wyoming’s big game and migration science. Order your personal copy while supplies last.

    The atlas can be ordered from local bookstores or direct from the publisher: https://cdcshoppingcart.uchicago.edu/Cart2/Cart?PRESS=orsu&ISBN=9780870719431

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  • WEST Teams Up with NMMF to Develop 'finFindR' Software

    WEST and the National Marine Mammal Foundation have released an innovative, automated system, ‘finFindR’, that identifies wild dolphins using photographs of the nicks and notches on their dorsal fins. This free, opensource software application allows researchers to compare fin characteristics in their dolphin photographs with those in finFindR’s catalog of known individuals. ‘finFindR’ compares images in a fraction of second.

    More information about this software can be found here: https://github.com/haimeh/finFindR/wiki?mc_cid=931cb35730&mc_eid=[UNIQID]

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  • Bat Week 2018 - Day #5

    Answer to Day #4:
    The Kitti’s hog-nosed bat (Craseonycteris thonglongyai), also known as the bumblebee bat is the world’s smallest bat species.

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  • Bat Week 2018 - Day #4

    Answer to Day #3:
    Clicked in at 100mph the Mexican free-tailed bat is the fastest in the world

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  • Bat Week 2018 - Day #3

    Answer to Day #2:
    The Bracken Cave bat colony of approximately 20 million Mexican free-tailed bats, located in Texas.

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  • Bat Week 2018 - Day #2

    Answer to Day #1:
    The straw-colored fruit bat (Eidolon helvum) is the largest mammal migration. Around 10-15 million bats migrate in search of fruit every year between October and December in Africa.

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  • Bat Week 2018

    WEST is celebrating Bat Week, October 24-31st. Bat Week is an annual international celebration that brings awareness to bats and their role in the environment. WEST will be featuring bat trivia to test your bat knowledge. Check back daily for a new fun fact and answers to the previous day trivia question.

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  • WEST attends CanWEA

    WEST’s Nick Bartok, Wally Erickson, Dr. Paul Rabie, and Kent Russell are in attendance at CanWEA Annual Conference and Exhibition this week in Calgary, Alberta. Paul will be giving a presentation “GenEst – A Comprehensive Overview” and Wally will be a panelist on the “Adaptive Management” session.

    Additional information about these sessions can be found here: https://windenergyevent.ca/sessions/pre-conference-workshop-wind-energy-and-bat-conservation-symposium-managing-impacts-to-bats-at-canadian-wind-farms/​