Volunteers

Become a volunteer!

Welcome to the MWBH volunteer program!

Fascinated by bats? Interested in learning which bats are in your area? Want to know more about their behaviour, ecology, and threats?

Become a volunteer with the MWBH and monitor bats in your own yard! It’s as simple as installing a wallet-sized device in your yard. Every month or so we’ll ask you to head on out and check your detector, swap batteries and SD card, and your detector is good for another few weeks. Once back at the computer, we have an easy to use link to upload your data to our OneDrive cloud.

What’s in the box?

Once you sign up to become a MWBH volunteer and you will receive a box with all the necessary equipment to allow you to monitor bats in your area.

This box includes:

  • AudioMoth bat detector + waterproof case
  • 2 micro SD cards + SD card adapter
  • 6 batteries + battery charger

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Where do I best place my bat detector?
    • Around natural features such as streams and woodlands, but not closer than 30ft from water bodies, buildings, or trees. The sound rebounding on those objects can deteriorate data quality.
  2. How often do I have to check by detector?
    • Only once a month! We send all volunteers a reminder email at the start of every month.
  3. Is it ok if I can’t maintain my bat detector on the first of each month?
    • Sure, we try to standardise our data collection as much as possible, but if you maintain your bat detector some days after the start of the month, that’s ok too.
  4. Can I attach my bat detector on a tree?
    • While we prefer attaching the detector on a pole or long branch (about 10ft tall) away from big trees, sometimes, this is difficult to do. attaching your detector to a tree is a good alternative then. Try attaching it to a small branch (up to 5 in in diameter).
  5. I live in a very urbanised area. Will I see any bats?
    • Yes you will! Some bat species have adapted will to living in urbanised areas and information on those bats is very valuable to their conservation.

Find out if you are located in a priority sampling cell!

Type in your address/location in the top right box on the map and look for the nearest blue cell. Those are our priority cells, though if you are not in a priority cell and still want to monitor bats in your area, reach out to us!