Our sister company Titley Scientific showcased its range of world-class bat monitoring technology in the USA, at the 19th International Bat Research Conference in the bat capital of the America – Austin, Texas.
Why is Austin the bat capital of the USA, we hear you ask?
Downtown Austin has up to 1.5 million Mexican free-tailed bats (Tadarida Brasiliensis) that roost in the Congress Avenue bridge during summer.
Every evening crowds gather to watch the spectacle of the bats flying out to forage for insects. What better place for a bat research event!
“The event is held every 3 years, and it was the first major in-person conference we have been able to attend post-Covid,” said Titley CEO, Dean Thompson.
This year there were nearly 600 attendees from around the globe, made up of bat researchers, consultants, and even some bat enthusiasts.
Titley was represented by Dean and Kristen from the Australian office, as well as Chris and Kim from Titley USA.
“In addition to the exhibitor stand, Titley also presented a workshop on our current product range and an introductory lesson on using our Insight software for bat call analysis,” said Dean.
“We had good traffic at our stand over the course of the 5-day event. We spoke with many existing customers who were pleased with our products as well as potential new customers.
“Of course, we were also showing off our latest new product – the Chorus! We enjoyed catching up with many of the conference regulars, who we have missed during the past years of Covid.”
Being in the USA, there was a strong presence of US-based researchers and ecologists at this conference.
“North America is one of Titley’s largest markets so it’s imperative that we have a strong presence there. We have distributors in USA and Canada to cover this important region and are working to strengthen our presence further by building a larger marketing and sales team in the coming year,” said Dean.
Biomark was also present at the conference, where they were displaying some bat-specific RFID tagging tools and antenna systems along with their HPR-lite reader.
It’s great to see Titley flying the flag globally, and that ariel bat performance each night must have been a sensational rush!