-Arrive Oct. 3. Transportation to/from the Belize International Airport is provided. Workshop dates are Oct 4-8 and include lectures/labs during the morning and afternoon and netting for bats at night. Lodging and food are completely covered.
-Live, work, and play at the TREES Research Center in the Maya Mountains of central Belize. The Center is COVID Safe Gold Standard approved by the Belize Tourism Board.
-Learn how to properly use mist nets and safely remove and handle bats. -Learn characteristics for identifying Neotropical bats. Previous workshops have captured up to 19 species.
-Learn how to properly use bat detectors to record bat echolocation calls. -Learn the basics of bat echolocation and how to identify 30 Neotropical bats by their echolocation calls.
-An optional mid-week field trip to visit nearby ruins, caves, and/or the ocean, depending on the participant's interests. This is likely an additional $75/person. Or participants can relax and enjoy the station that day. We will still net for bats that night.
-Participants can arrive early and/or stay later to use TREES as a home base for exploring Belize. Those arriving before Oct. 3 or departing after Oct. 9 may be responsible for their own transportation to/from TREES, and food/lodging before dinner on Oct. 3 or after breakfast on Oct. 9 will be at additional cost. Please inquire with TREES for more details. Due to COVID, full refunds are offered for cancellations. All airlines also currently offer flexible change and cancellation policies.
No previous bat experience required! Only an enthusiasm for bats! To handle bats, proof of pre-exposure rabies vaccinations (and/or a good titer if your vaccine is > 2 years old) is required. Without this you are welcome to participate in the workshop and observe bats being handled, but you will not be able to handle bats yourself. Entering Belize requires a negative COVID-19 test. That can be done as a PCR test in your home country a minimum of 72 hours in advance (and you bring your results with you), or as a rapid test when you arrive in the Belize airport. The cost for the airport test is currently free, but rumored to increase to $50 USD. The airport test can take 45 minutes to an hour.