Neotropical Bat Capture and Acoustic Survey Techniques Workshop (November)

Arrive November 14. Transportation to/from the Belize International Airport is provided at an additional cost ($40 USD/pp one-way for shared shuttle). Workshop dates are Nov 15-19 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 T.R.E.E.S 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 end-week field trip to visit nearby ruins, caves, and/or the ocean, depending on the participant’s interests. This additional cost will be between $75 and $125 USD/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 T.R.E.E.S as a home base for exploring Belize and adding on additional optional eco-tours. Those arriving before Nov. 14 or departing after Nov. 20 may be responsible for arranging their own transportation to/from T.R.E.E.S, and food/lodging before dinner on Nov. 14 or after breakfast on Nov. 16 will be at additional cost. Please inquire with T.R.E.E.S for more details.



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 or proof of full vaccination. COVID-19 tests can be done as a PCR test or Rapid Antigen test in your home country a minimum of 72 hours in advance (and you bring your results with you), or as a Rapid Antigen test when you arrive in the Belize airport. The cost for the airport test is $50 USD. The airport test can take 30 minutes.

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Neotropical Bat Capture Techniques Apprenticeship

 Fall 2021 Neotropical Bat Capture Techniques Apprenticeship

November 1st 2021 through to December 10th 2021


The T.R.E.E.S Research Center in the Maya Mountains of Belize currently has between 2 – 4 apprenticeship spots open for our Fall 2021 Neotropical Bat Sampling Apprenticeship Program. During this Apprenticeship you will learn how to set-up mist-nets, extract bats safely from mist-nets, learn proper bat processing and handling techniques, learn how to I.D., sex, and age, learn proper data entry, and more. In addition to capture techniques, the apprenticeship includes a lecture on Neotropical bat families as well as access to a Wildlife Acoustics EchoMeter Touch acoustic monitoring device for entry-level learning on acoustic monitoring techniques. The main tutor is a highly trained biologist with 5 years of experience handling bats and over 15 years of experience studying various wildlife taxa in Canada and Latin America. Apprentices may also have the opportunity to sit-in on lectures related to bird banding and other avian monitoring techniques by NABC Certified Trainers and/or may sign up for the full NABC workshop and certification session offered during this internship time period.


Fees for the Apprenticeship: $364 US/week which includes all tutorship, access to all required equipment, all food (self-catering in communal kitchen but ingredients provided) and lodging at the research center in shared dormitory-style cabins with other same sex interns/apprentices/volunteers. Fees do not include airport transfer, flights, or travel medical insurance.

Dates for the Apprenticeship: Interns can choose to do a minimum of 2 weeks to a maximum of 6 weeks during this Apprenticeship program, though 4 weeks is the recommended duration.

Schedule: Bat mist-netting runs every day Monday through Friday, from 5:30 pm until 11:00 pm. Apprentices are welcome to travel to visit other locations in Belize on weekends if they desire, however no refunds on food and lodging will be available if the apprentice decides to leave the station.

Prior Experience: No prior bat handling or mist-netting experience required however experience handling wildlife is an asset. However, experienced bat biologists are also welcome and will be treated according to their experience level and are eligible for *discounted rates.


N.B. To handle bats you must have proof of up-to-date rabies immunity, including a recent titer if you received the vaccine more than two years ago. You will also be expected to follow COVID safe handling procedures, including wearing of face masks during bat processing and frequent hand washing and sanitization. If you have not been vaccinated for rabies but still wish to take the workshop, you are welcome to do so and will be able to participate in all activities except extraction of bats from nets and handling during processing. More information can be found here:


How to Apply: To register for our program please contact us at

and we will send you an application. For more information on our organization and facilities please visit our website: *To apply for discounted rates, please contact us directly to discuss your qualifications.

Bat Research Field Course

This Field Course is for those people interested in learning or improving research techniques and related field skills for studying bats in both tropical and temperate habitats. We offer Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced and Master-level course segments in bat netting, handling, acoustic monitoring, species identification, and datasheet and database management methods. Each course segment lasts two weeks, and interns can opt to combine several segments into a course that best suits their training needs with respect to bats. Each course segment is led by one or two bat experts, each with years of experience to share, and include both theoretical and practical classes. Participants who successfully complete the full course (i.e. all four segments, Beginner to Master, lasting 8 weeks) or the three most advanced segments (i.e. Intermediate to Master, 6 weeks) can gain direct access to the Skilled Research Internship program going forward, as their level of expertise will have reached a sufficiently high level that would be able to assist the bat team coordinators with all aspects of their work in a professional and semi-independent manner. Fees apply for each course segment.