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January 11-13, 2016 at the Lord Baltimore Hotel, Baltimore, Maryland


The Northeast Bat Working Group (NEBWG) is happy to continue the tradition of bringing together scientists, conservationists, educators, and enthusiasts to support and inform each other's work on behalf of bats. The annual meeting is a terrific opportunity to share research findings, interact with fellow professionals, and inspire new approaches for studying and conserving bats. We hope you'll attend!

NEBWG is soliciting abstracts for presentations and posters for this meeting. We welcome abstracts on variety of topics relating to the status, biology, ecology, behavior, study methods, or conservation of bats and their habitats.

We look forward to seeing you in Maine!

2016 Meeting Chairman: Rick Reynolds

Abstracts Coordinator: Marilyn Kitchell

2016 Meeting Host: Holly Niederriter and Shannon Pederson Browne


Meeting Times: The 2016 NEBWG meeting will be held from ~1:00 pm on Monday, January 11th to ~noon on Wednesday, January 13th.

The meeting will consist of presentations and poster sessions, panels, break-out sessions, exhibitors and vendors, time for unstructured networking and idea sharing and group socials.

Registration: Early Bird Registration is $85.00 until December 14th at 5:00 pm EST ($100.00 after December 14th).

Register online at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/northeast-bat-working-group-meeting-2016-registration-18650351704 and pay by credit card (preferred) or check (still need to register via Eventbrite but you will mail your check payable to NEBWG (address is on the registration page).

On-site registration will be from 11:00 am – 5:00 pm Monday and 8:00 am – 10:00 am on Tuesday.

Registration includes access to meetings, talks, exhibitor area, and a group luncheon on January 12th.

Sponsors: Sponsors are entitled to free registration(s) as well as exhibitor space and recognition in the program, depending on the level of support. Please contact Shannon Pederson at shannonp@umd.edu to learn more about becoming a sponsor. Sponsors will register directly through Shannon Pederson. DO NOT REGISTER ONLINE if you are entitled to FREE registrations.

Problem registering? Please contact Holly Niederriter at nebwgmeeting2016@gmail.com and include “registration” in the subject.

Meeting Location: All meetings and socials will be held at the award-winning historic Lord Baltimore Hotel located at 20 West Baltimore Street, Baltimore, MD 21201

Lodging and Transportation: Room rates for the Lord Baltimore Hotel have been deeply discounted for NEBWG and are $99/night plus tax. Reserve your room by December 30th to get discounted rate by calling 855-539-1928 and use the Group ID “NEBWG 2016”. Or you may go to www.lordbaltimorehotel.com and enter group ID “1601NEBWG6” to receive the discount. You will need to provide a credit card for incidentals upon arrival.

Light rail shuttle to/from BWI Airport and discounted parking information will be provided soon.

The hotel has been beautifully renovated inside and has multiple food options inside and around Baltimore’s Inner Harbor.

Food: All attendees will be provided lunch on Tuesday and possibly other meals. Many dining options can be found inside the hotel and within walking distance. A list of local inner harbor restaurants will be sent prior to the meeting.

Cancellation Policy: Cancellations made on or before December 18, 2016 will be given a full refund. Cancellations after December 20 may be filled by another attendee, but no refunds will be given after that date. Please make any cancellations or substitutions for paid attendees via the online registration page.

Abstract submittal deadline is November 12, 2016: Presentations and posters will be selected and the authors notified by December 14th. Abstracts should be < 300 words and include the name, organization, and address of authors, title, study justification, objectives, brief methods, summarized results, and discussion of results. Please underline the name of the author that will be presenting the paper. Please indicate if the abstract is for an oral or poster presentation, and if you will be supplying your own easel for a poster presentation. Submit abstracts electronically in Microsoft Word format to Marilyn Kitchell at nebwgmeeting2016@gmail.com; include “abstract” in the subject.

All oral presentations must be on Microsoft PowerPoint or Apple Keynote or Adobe PDF. If you are using PowerPoint, please be sure all photos, graphics, and videos are included in one folder with your presentation. Early submission of presentations via e-mail is strongly encouraged and will be accepted until 5:00 pm on January 8th. Presentations brought to the meeting must be on CD-ROM or a flash drive. On site presentation delivery is coordinated by Bat Conservation and Management; please check in at their sponsor booth to do a final review of your program. This is the only opportunity to see your program exactly how it is to be presented and resolve any issues. See the Free Advice for Presenting document below and contect John Chenger with any technical questions.

A total of 10-15 minutes will be allotted for oral presentations, including time for answering questions. Your time allotment will be specified when we notify you. We may be able to accommodate longer presentations, so please write and inquire if you need more time.


Resources available for download:

Final Agenda as of 1/3/16

Meeting announcement with additional abstract sumbission guidelines

John Chenger's Free Advice for Presenting at NEBWG 2016

Travel info for NEBWG 2016

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2016 Chairman
Rick Reynolds

Holly Niederriter

Shannon Pederson

Abstracts Coordinator
Marilyn Kitchell

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