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    • 04/02/2024
    • 12:00 PM
    • 04/04/2024
    • 4:00 PM
    • Hilton Netherlands Plaza, Cincinnati, Ohio

    The Midwest Bat Working Group (MWBWG) is proud to host our 16th annual meeting in Cincinnati, Ohio on April 3-4, 2024.

    The annual meeting provides a venue for participants to present results from studies, provide updates on long-term research projects, and plan future multi-state collaborative endeavors, all on local, regional, and national scales. This meeting is highly valuable to biologists looking to collaborate on research and management of bats, as well as to professionals who promote conservation by enhancing public understanding of bats.

    Each year, sponsors play an invaluable role in making the annual MWBWG meeting a success. Donations from sponsors help to keep registration costs low, making it easier for those with tight budgets to attend. This meeting strives to bring professionals together to work collaboratively towards the conservation of animals facing unprecedented declines, and your contribution helps to make that happen. We greatly appreciate any donation level. Below is a sponsorship form and the associated rewards to help guide your decision.

    Exhibitor/Vendor spaces will be available at the meeting and evening social location. Each exhibitor/vendor space will include a table and 2 chairs. If your space will require electricity or additional chairs, please indicate your needs by answering the questions in the registration form.

    *NOTE: Annual membership dues are separate from meeting registration fees.

     Sponsor/Vendor Options  Donation
      Virtual Sponsor
    • 1 complimentary virtual registration
    • Small logo on program and website
      Bronze Sponsor
    • 1 table in vendor area
    • 1 complimentary in-person or virtual registration
    • Small logo on program and website
      Silver Sponsor
    • 1 to 2 tables in vendor area
    • 2 complimentary in-person or virtual registrations
    • Medium logo on program and website
    • Signage in main registration area
      Gold Sponsor
    • 1 to 2 tables in vendor area
    • 2 complimentary in-person or virtual registrations
    • 2 complimentary t-shirts
    • Large logo on program, website, and back of t-shirt
    • Logo advertised at open and close of meeting
    • Signage in main registration area
      Diamond Sponsor
    • 1 to 2 tables in vendor area
    • 3 complimentary in-person or virtual registrations
    • 3 complimentary t-shirts
    • Full-size logo on program, website, and back of t-shirt
    • Logo advertised at open and close of meeting
    • Signage in main registration area
    • Buffet lunch, evening poster session sponsor, or similar
    • Please contact meeting hosts to discuss options prior to registration (sstankavich@batcon.org and joseph.johnson@uc.edu)

    The Lukuru Foundation has generously offered to match sponsorships up to a total of $10,000!



    If you are interested in sponsoring the 16th Annual Midwest Bat Working Group meeting and/or being a exhibitor or vendor there are three ways to register.

    Sponsor/Vendor Registration Closes: March 1, 2024

    Please submit your registration and payment by:

    OPTION 1 (PREFERRED)CREDIT CARD - Register and Pay Online

    Click BECOME A SPONSOR above or the "REGISTER" button in the panel to the left, select your vendor/sponsor level, complete the registration form, and follow the prompts to Pay Online with a credit card.

    OPTION 2 - CHECK - Register Online & Pay By Check

    Click BECOME A SPONSOR above or the "REGISTER" button in the panel to the left, select your vendor/sponsor level, and complete the online registration form. 

    On the payment page select "Invoice me". An email will be sent to you with instructions for submitting your payment by mail.

    Submit payment by check payable to MWBWG or Midwest Bat Working Group

    Send your check AND a copy of your invoice to:

    Joe Kath - MWBWG President

    17 Friars Lane

    Springfield, IL 62074

    OPTION 3If you prefer to send both your completed registration form and payment by "snail" mail DOWNLOAD THE REGISTRATION FORM HERE  and follow the provided instructions.

    If you have any questions about being involved with this year's annual Midwest Bat Working Group Meeting please contact Sarah Stankavich and Joseph Johnson.

    Information about the meeting, lodging, a program overview and more is available on the general MEETING EVENT PAGE or by downloading the MEETING ANNOUNCEMENT.

    This year's meeting host is the Ohio Bat Working Group.

    Thank you for your consideration and we look forward to working with you.

    • 04/02/2024
    • 12:00 PM
    • 04/04/2024
    • 4:00 PM
    • Hilton Netherlands Plaza. Cincinnati, Ohio

    Artwork by: Kiersten Cherry

    We invite you to join us for the 16th Midwest Bat Working Group Annual Meeting in Cincinnati, Ohio from Wednesday, April 3rd to Thursday April 4th, 2024. A pre-conference social and workshop on advances in radio-telemetry will be held on Tuesday, April 2nd. The meeting will bring together biologists, private and public land managers, private consultation organizations, educational institutions, and citizen scientists from across the Midwest.

    Registration, Lodging, and T-shirts

    Program Overview

    Call for Abstracts

    Presentation and Poster Guidelines

    Get to Know the MWBWG: "Speed Networking" with Professionals

    Achievement and Student Awards

    Optional Workshops

    Meeting Announcement and Call for Abstracts

    Hosted by: Ohio Bat Working Group


    Date and Location

    Wednesday April 3rd, 2024 to Thursday April 4th, 2024. A pre-conference workshop and social will be held on April 2nd.   

    The meeting will take place:

    • In-person: Hilton Cincinnati Netherlands Plaza, Cincinnati, OH
    • Virtual: In-person presentations will be streamed live for attendees with virtual registrations. Unlike previous years, there will be no virtual presentations or poster sessionLogin information will be emailed to all registered virtual participants approximately 2 weeks prior to the meeting.

    Registration, Lodging, and T-shirts


    • Professional/Regular In-person: $125.00
    • Student In-person: $45.00
    • Virtual: $25


    • Professional/Regular In-Person: $150.00
    • Student In-Person: $60.00
    • Virtual: $25

    NOTE: One year of MWBWG membership is complimentary along with your in-person registration. This offer valid for in-person registrations only.  


    LODGING is available at:

    • Hilton Cincinnati Netherlands Plaza (35 West Fifth Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202)
    • The Hilton is offering a discounted rate which will be available through March 3rd. We strongly encourage booking before this date as lodging in Cincinnati is significantly more expensive outside of this rate.
    • Rate: $149 + tax per night (Tuesday-Thursday April 2-4, 2024)
    • Rooms are being held under the Group code: "BAT" and will be available until March 3, 2024.
    • If booking your room online, please use the following link: https://group.hilton.com/lfupod

    T-SHIRTS for the 16th Annual MWBWG Meeting are available for sale through the MWBWG Store starting at $18.00.

    • T-shirt sales will be available until 5pm central March 3rd, 2024.
    • T-shirts are only available online and in-person pick-up at the annual meeting.

      - BUY T-SHIRT HERE - 

      Program Overview

      This year's annual meeting will begin with pre-conference workshops on advances in radio-telemetry on Tuesday, April 2nd, followed by a riverboat cruise social. Presentations, an additional workshop, and business meetings will begin on Wednesday, April 3rd. A poster session and social will be held on Wednesday evening as will an in-person student only event. Oral presentations will be broadcast on the internet for those registered as virtual attendees. 

      Plenary Topic: Forming Partnerships for Conservation.

      Tuesday, April 2nd, 2024 (Optional Workshops and Social)

      Afternoon Advances in Radio-telemetry Workshop
      Evening Riverboat Cruise Social

      Wednesday, April 3rd, 2024

      Morning  Registration/Check-in
       Mid-Morning Welcome & Presentations 

      Get to Know the MWBWG:

      "Speed Networking" with Professionals & the Board

       Afternoon Presentations
      Evening Social & Poster Session
      Evening Student Social

      Thursday, April 4th, 2024

      Morning Registration/Check-in/Breakfast (provided)
      Mid-Morning Presentations
      Early Afternoon Wildlife Acoustics Lunch-and-learn (optional) 
      Afternoon Presentations
       Afternoon Business Meeting, Awards
      Late Afternoon Depart

      Call for Abstracts

      We are now accepting abstracts for oral and poster presentations.

      We encourage professionals, students, and researchers to submit abstracts for in-person oral and poster presentationsThe Wednesday evening social and poster session will be available in-person only. The schedule for oral presentations will be provided in the final agenda prior to the meeting. 

      The deadline for abstract submission is now February 26, 2024.

      Abstracts will be accepted by email. Please email your abstract submissions to both: Dr. Allen Kurta (akurta@emich.edu) & Dr. Joe Johnson (joseph.johnson@uc.edu)Please label the subject line as "2024 MWBWG Abstract" and include the abstract as an attachment in Microsoft Word format.

      All individuals submitting abstracts must be registered for the meeting to be eligible to present. Indicate in the email whether the preferred presentation is oral or poster. Abstracts should include name, organization, address of authors, and a title. Underline the name of the author who will be presenting the poster or talk. The Abstract should (1) state the principal objective(s) and scope of the investigation, (2) briefly describe the methods employed, (3) summarize the results, and (4) state the principal conclusions. The abstract should be less than 300 words.

      Follow these format guidelines when preparing your abstract (see example below):

      • Title should be all capital letters, bold, and centered at the top of the page.
      • Include names and current addresses of authors after the title (and underline presenter's name).
      • Indicate student status with an “*” symbol after the last name if entering the student competition.

      • Italicize addresses of authors.
      • Use 12-point Time New Roman font.
      • Use 1-inch margins on all sides.
      • Left justify authors and text only.




      Michael T. Mengak, Steven B. Castleberry, and W. Mark Ford.  D.B. Warnell School of Forest Resources,

      University of Georgia, Athens, GA 30602 (MTM, SBC); USDA Forest Service, Northern Research Station,

      Newton Square, PA 19073 (WMF)

      Presentation and Poster Preparation Guidelines

      Guidelines for Oral Presentations

      A total of 15 minutes will be allotted for presentations, including time for answering questions (3 min). All oral presentations must be in Microsoft PowerPoint.

      Poster Guidelines

      • Should be no larger than 48 inches tall x 36 inches wide.

      • Should be readable from a distance of 2 meters.

      • Title should be capitalized with lettering at least 2 cm high (e.g. 72 pt).

      • Authors and institutional affiliations should be in upper- and lower-case lettering at least 11 mm high (e.g. 42 pt).

      • Text lettering should be at least 9 mm high (e.g. 36 pt) with a line thickness of at least 1 mm.

      • Text for Literature Cited section can be smaller if space is limited (e.g. down to 20 pt).

      • Information should be well organized and concisely presented. Most posters include the following sections: Abstract, Introduction, Materials and Methods, Results and Discussion, Conclusions, Literature Cited.

      • Keep written text to a minimum (remember the rule of thumb “less is more”). “Bullets” and short phrases are effective. Consider using no more than six illustrations (large graphs, flow charts, diagrams, and photographs). Keep captions and legends short and informative.

      Get to Know the MWBWG: "Speed Networking" with Mentors and the Board

      We are excited to offer a new “Speed Networking” event at this year's conference! We want students and early career professionals to have the opportunity to meet and connect with MWBWG members from a variety of backgrounds. Students and early career professionals who chose to sign up for this event will rotate through 10 minute meetings with mentors and members of the MWBWG board. This is a great opportunity for students and early career members to learn more about different career paths, as well as a chance for MWBWG members to get to know each other! We hope this format will help break the ice and encourage more interaction throughout the rest of the meeting.

      If you are a MWBWG member interested in volunteering as a mentor, or a student/early career member interested in participating, please indicate so with your registration. Mentors can be from any career field.

      This event will be held Wednesday, April 3rd. 

      Optional Workshops and Pre-conference Social

      Advances in Radio-telemetry

      Tuesday, April 2nd, 2024, Time TBD (early to mid-afternoon)

      - Indicate interest with your meeting registration -

      Limited to 35 participants, in-person only, no registration fee.

      Note: As of 01/26/2024 this workshop registration is now full. Please indicate 'YES' on the registration form to be placed on a waiting list if space becomes available. Space will be limited to a first come first served basis.

      Join this interactive field trip to explore two cutting edge advances in bat tracking technology - Wildlife Drones' aerial telemetry receiver and the tower-based Motus network. We share examples where these approaches have been used for bat research in the past, provide expert tips on how to use them to answer a variety of research questions, and explain how you can readily adopt them yourself. You’ll get to experience what the different types of data look like so you can consider how they may be applied to your own work. You will also gain insights on what it is like to operate different types of drones and conduct surveys using different techniques. So come along and join industry experts to see how it is now possible for you to collect more data, more often with less effort. We actively encourage people from a diverse range of backgrounds to attend, share their experiences and explore new ideas with others. This field trip is suitable for those who are curious to learn how to get started using drones for wildlife research and management, right through to experienced drone pilots who are interested in expanding their skillset with new sensors and techniques.

      Ryan Cruz, Environmental Technology Consultant with Wildlife Drones, will lead the demonstration of the world's first UAV-based radio-tracking system. This technology has been used extensively for bat research, including right here in Ohio. It has helped researchers find their animals both on the wing and in their roosts with more accuracy and greater tag detection distances

      Austin Waag will lead the demonstration on automated telemetry compatible with the Motus network. Austin is a bat biologist with the U.S. Geological Survey currently researching ecology, behavior, and disease dynamics of bats throughout western North America. Since 2017, Austin has been constructing Motus towers and analyzing data output from the collaborative Motus network to autonomously monitor bat movements.

      Riverboat Cruise Social

      Tuesday, April 2nd, 2024, Time TBA (in the evening after telemetry workshop)

      - Indicate interest with your meeting registration -

      Please join us for a scenic evening cruise on the Ohio River on Tuesday evening! This is a free event provided by our sponsor, The Lukuru Foundation. Dinner will be provided and there will be a cash bar. See southern Ohio and northern Kentucky while catching up with your friends and colleagues. Sign-up in advance is required!

      Student Social

      Wednesday, April 3rd, 2024, immediately following the poster reception

      - Indicate interest with your meeting registration -

      Calling all MWBWG students! Join your peers for a student-only social following the poster reception on Wednesday evening. This is an in-person only event. Details TBA. 

      Turning Sound into Discovery: Meet the New Song Meter Mini Bat 2 Family

      Thursday, April 4th, 2024, 12:00 AM - 1:30 PM, Lunch provided by Wildlife Acoustics

      - Click Here to Register -

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      Limit 30 attendees, in-person only. 

      Please join Wildlife Acoustics for a lunch and learn workshop focused on the new Song Meter Mini Bat 2 and how it compares to the first generation of Song Meter Mini Bats.

      Wildlife Acoustics is excited to showcase this new product at the 2024 Midwest Bat Working Group meeting. This is a great training opportunity for researchers just starting or already involved in using acoustics to monitor bats.

      The workshop will cover details of the recorders and take a deep dive into the Configurator app. Please download and/or update the Song Meter Configurator app from Google Play or the Apple App Store to a phone or tablet you are bringing.

      Wildlife Acoustics is the leading provider of bioacoustics monitoring technology, with 150,000+ acoustic and ultrasonic recorders deployed in over 90 countries.

      Achievement and Student Awards

      The following awards will be available this year. To learn more about these awards and to find out how to submit an application or nomination please visit our Awards and Scholarships page. The application deadline for the Dave Redell and John Whitaker awards is March 3rd, 2024.

      • Dave Redell Lifetime Achievement Award
      • John O. Whitaker, Jr. Travel Award - Undergraduate Student
      • John O. Whitaker, Jr. Travel Award - Graduate Student
      • Best Student Poster
      • Best Student Presentation

      We hope to see you soon!

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