Fauna Call ID - Birds, Frogs and Mammals
Bat Call Identification
We provide bat echolocation call identification services of calls from all major bat detectors including:
A detailed bat call analysis report is provided for each project to the Australasian Bat Society standards for ultrasonic bat surveys.

We strive to keep up with current technology and are happy to discuss bat survey methodologies such as callibrating detectors, long-term deployment and automated identification.

Contact us to discuss your bat detector or call analysis requirements.
Bird, Frog and Mammal Call Identification

Above: Song Meter set to target frogs at a wetland
Below: Song Meter set on a tree trunk
(photos: Faunatech)

We also provide call identification services for bird and frog call recordings from Song Meter units (Wildlife Acoustics). 

Song Meters are able to record birds, frogs and bats all from the same device and their use is invaluable to monitoring surveys (where you want to standardise sampling between sites) and for targeting rare species. Song Meters are an indirect fauna survey method that save time in the field and can greatly improve species detection.

Is the analysis of Song Meter data time-consuming?
Many ecologists find that listening through all of the call recordings can be quite time consuming. We have streamlined this process to minimise the analysis time for these recordings by using a combination of noise filters, visual inspection of call files using acoustic software and manual confirmation of the audio. We are able to adjust our methods depending on your requirements. For example, we can quickly scan the recordings for the acoustic signatures of a particular species of interest, greatly reducing the time required to process Song Meter data. 

Is there automated identification software that can do this faster?
Yes there is. But the development of automated keys is very time consuming and requires a large database of good quality fauna calls. We are continually working on these keys for species across NSW and are currently focusing our efforts on developing identifiers for threatened species commonly targeted by consultants. We can also develop custom-made identifiers to meet your specific species or regional requirements. Importantly, we test the performance of these automated keys, so that we can provide clients with a measure of confidence in the automated identification.

Long-term studies
For those planning or undertaking annual monitoring surveys for a particular project, we can develop an automated key library for your particular target species or adapt one of our existing keys. The benefit of collecting Song Meter recordings for a long-term study is that we can retrospectively analyse datasets as we refine and develop automatic identification keys, increasing the research opportunities. We recommend including Song Meters as a standard survey method for monitoring programs as they standardise survey effort, remove observer bias and are time efficient.