Motus in the News

Learn more about the Motus Wildlife Tracking System, a coordinated hemispheric tracking system for migratory flying animals!

2017-11-17 - Where Do Songbirds Go to Die? : The Atlantic

After revolutionizing bird-migration science over the past decade, geolocation technology is poised to shine light on the field’s darkest mystery.

2017-10-05 - Block Island Wind Farm helps researchers monitor offshore bird and bat migrations : Rhode Island Public Radio

The Block Island Wind Farm now has a wildlife tracking station aimed at helping researchers learn more about offshore flight patterns of small birds and bats that are likely to become endangered or extinct in the foreseeable future unless federal action is taken.

2017-09-19 - Deepwater Wind Installs Wildlife Tracking Station on Offshore Block Island Wind : Power Engineering

A new wind farm on Block Island, RI will double as a new site for a Motus station run by the USFWS, University of Rhode Island, and the University of Massachusetts

2017-09-07 - Filling gaps of bird tracking system on Louisiana's coast : KALB

The department, the Barataria-Terrebonne National Estuary Program and Louisiana Wildlife Fisheries Foundation have installed 13 Motus receiver stations since spring 2016, and plan to have a line of 32 stations by July 2018 to provide nearly seamless coverage of the coast.

2017-09-07 - Filing gaps of bird tracking system on Louisiana's coast : Bristol Herald Courier

State wildlife officials say a $100,000 grant and free access to extensive lands along Louisiana's coast will help fill the gaps in a series of solar-powered towers to track radio-tagged migratory birds.

2017-08-06 - Monet Musings and Motus Monitoring : Wildlife Preservation Canada

Captive-bred Eastern Loggerhead Shrike’s are fitted with Motus nanotags prior to release to track their movements.

2017-08-01 - Conservationists work to help vulnerable species : Victoria Advocate

Susan Heath, director of conservation for the Gulf Coast Bird Observatory collects data from 12 Motus receivers along the Texas coast. Volunteers aid in monitoring American Oystercatcher’s and help maintain the Motus network.

2017-07-30 - Kirtland's Warbler Expedition Blog : Smithsonian's National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute

The Kirtland's Warbler is an endangered migratory songbird that breeds almost exclusively in Michigan and winters primarily in the Bahamas. Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center scientists study Kirtland's warblers using the Motus network to better understand their full annual cycle and contribute to the conservation of the species. The following is an ongoing, first-person account of their research in the field.

2017-06-13 - Motus wildlife tracking tower would put North Bay on North American map : Nugget

The Nipissing Naturalists are working with the North Bay Mattawa Conservation Authority to raise $10,000 to install a Motus Wildlife Tracking station at the Laurentian Escarpment Conservation Area as part of an international wildlife tracking effort.

2017-05-01 - Taking flight: a high-tech approach to studying birds : In The Field

With funding from CANARIE’s Research Software program, Bird Studies Canada is creating a research portal that ties together data from all Motus receiver stations, including historical data, to allow more researchers to manage, analyze, explore and visualize bird movement data on their path to discovery.

2017-04-14 - Science of spring: Songbirds now report their location as they fly : Ottawa Citizen

Automation has come to the world of biologists who study bird migration, taking away some of the hard labour involved in studying tiny creatures that live in treetops, as highlighted through Dr. Bridget Stutchbury and Wood Thrush migration.

2017-04-11 - The new migration science : The Cornell Lab of Ornithology

A review of current methods for tracking birds

2017-04-01 - Tiny Transmitters tracking birds and butterflies : Birdlife Polokwane

A highlight of how the Motus network is being used to study migratory birds and insects over the Gulf of Mexico from South America to North America

2017-03-16 - Bahamas Ntl. Trust facilitates Migratory Bird Tracking System : The Bahamas Weekly

An advanced wildlife tracking system was installed at Andros recently to monitor the behaviour of migratory birds as part of an international research effort.

2017-03-16 - The World Outdoors: Science unravels migration mysteries : Stratford Beacon

A brief overview of Motus in the Stratford Beacon Herald.

2017-03-06 - Scientists track, for the first time, one of the rarest songbirds on its yearlong migration : Smithsonian

The journey of the Kirtland's Warbler is discovered thanks to a combination of the latest tiny technology and centuries-old solar location methods.

2017-02-21 - Wingtips at our fingertips : Harrowsmith

Stu Mackenzie of Bird Studies Canada shares how the organization is researching bird populations and patterns with the monumental Motus Wildlife Tracking System.

2017-02-10 - The tiny transmitters tracking birds from North to South America : BirdLife International

Brief overview of Motus in a Birdlife International feature piece, focusing on the collaboration with BirdLife Partners Audubon Panama and Guyara Paraguay in expanding the South American array.

2017-02-03 - Tiny Bird gets a hand from N.J. in global fight to survive : North Jersey

Researchers visit South America to help Semipalmated Sandpipers, which pass through Jersey on 3,300-mile migration.

2017-01-25 - Conserving Canada's wild birds: Motus Wildlife Tracking System : CANARIE News

A blog post by CANARIE, a major funder of Motus development, examining the Motus system.

2017-01-11 - Tracking birds, bats and bugs in real time : Norfolk News

Motus wildlife tracking system a benevolent Big Brother for species at risk.

2017-01-05 - How everyone - even you - can help scientists learn about climate change : TVO: Climate Watch

Citizen scientists contribute greatly to our understanding of climate change, but a new radio telemetry technology could help them do even more.

2017-01-04 - What's killing the world's shorebirds? : Nature

Researchers brave polar bears, mosquitoes and gull attacks in the Canadian Arctic to investigate an alarming die off.

2017-01-01 - Audubon tracks Semipalmated Sandpipers from South America to Delaware Bay : NJ Environment News

A piece highlighting the work done by David Mizrahi and his team, tracking migratory shorebirds around Delaware Bay, specifically Semipalmated Sandpipers.

2017-01-01 - Automated radio telemetry stations : Southeast National Wildlife Refuges; Inventory and Monitoring

Highlighting the contribution of the Southeast Region Inventory and Monitoring Branch of the National Wildlife Refuge System to the Motus network in the South Atlantic coast.

2016-11-28 - Filling a gap in bird research : University of Western Ontario

A new motus receiver station is installed on the University of Western Ontario's campus.

2016-09-23 - Rhode Island National Wildlife Refuge Complex supports Piping Plover nanotag project : USFWS Field Notes

Coverage of the 2016 Piping Plover tagging project in Rhode Island.

2016-09-12 - OPG takes part in groundbreaking bird tracking system : Ontario Power Generation

Ontario Power Generation installs a Motus receiver on their R.H. Saunders Generating Station.

2016-06-16 - Gros Morne National Park now a part of migratory bird tracking network : The Western Star

There's little doubt Darroch Whitaker will be a bit giddy every time he heads to the Berry Hill Campground to check data from the new receiving station there.

2016-05-04 - Panama Welcomes the Motus Wildlife Tracking System : Bird Studies Canad

Motus spreads to Panama as 4 new receivers successfully detect Thrush tagged in Colombia.

2016-02-01 - Coastal bird progam joins Motus Network - installs first Gulf Coast array : Living On The Edge

The Coastal Bend Bays and Estuaries Program's Coastal Bird Program installs it's first array of Motus telemetry stations to document shorebird migration along the Central Flyway through the Gulf of Mexico.

2016-01-01 - Scientists deploy 'nanotags' to study shorebirds : National Fish and Wildlife Foundation

Tiny tracking devices help identify population pressure points.

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