One in five mammals on Earth is a bat! And the ultrasonic calls they use for hunting, navigation and social interaction are as poorly understood as they are varied. When scientists head out into the field to record them, they end up with hundreds of hours of sound to sift through. The problem is that computers aren’t as good as people at picking out bat sounds from background and pesky insect chirps. That’s where you come in!
After a little lesson in bat echolocation, you’ll be ready to help refine the data, classifying sounds in order to aid the research and design a better automated system in the future. You can be the Bat-man or Bat-woman you’ve always wanted to be!
Caused by a fungus that was first identified less than a decade ago, scientists are racing to learn how to fight WNS. Federal research funding, however, has been minimal, with bat supporters scratching and clawing for the Beltway equivalent of couch change.