The Southwestern Wildlife Survey is raising funds for the initial step in a multi-phase study of urban bats. Our long-term project goal is the establishment of an urban bat monitoring network utilizing volunteers (Citizen Scientists) to document bat activity patterns in urban and suburban locations across the desert southwest including the following metropolitan areas: Los Angeles-San Diego, Las Vegas-Kingman, Phoenix-Tucson, Albuquerque, and Las Cruces-El Paso. To realize our project goal we are seeking funding to place acoustic monitoring stations ($550 per unit) with Citizen Scientists. The Southwestern Wildlife Survey will provide each Citizen Scientist with training on the use and deployment of acoustic monitoring stations at their homes as well as providing training on the use of specialized software to use ultrasonic calls to identify which bat species are present at their homes.
Our requested funding will cover the cost of 150 acoustic monitoring stations, 1 year of cloud based data/file storage, and local travel/video conferencing to/with Citizen Scientist volunteers.