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

2019-07-14 - Researchers hoping small Purple Martin birds can offer up big answers : CBC News

They chirp and sing, they jockey for the penthouse suite of human-constructed apartments, and make a long trek to Brazil every fall. Their aerial acrobatics are something to behold, and their colonies delight people who have devoted themselves to their survival. But despite the best efforts of bird lovers and researchers, the Purple Martin, a type of swallow, are on the decline, their population down overall 60 per cent since the 1970s, and down closer to 90 per cent in Ontario.

2019-07-08 - CANADA: Dragonflies with tiny fanny packs show migration patterns in new study : Barrie Today

A study in which insects were equipped with tiny radio-tracking fanny packs could help conservation efforts as populations around the world decline.

2019-04-16 - New Partners to Advance Small Animal Science : Thomas Industry Update

Cellular Tracking Technologies of Cape May, NJ and Bird Studies Canada (BSC) of Port Rowan, ON, announce an inter-operating partnership that will allow CTTR LifeTags™ to be detected by the Motus Wildlife Tracking System. CTT LifeTag is a breakthrough in the scientific research of wildlife because it is incredibly small, lightweight, solar powered, and has no battery. The combination of these features means biologists are able to study smaller animals with potentially unlimited tracking device life. The CTT PowerTag™ is the battery powered version for animals that get little sun exposure.

2018-12-22 - Rusty Blackbird detected in Connecticut makes it Connecticut Audubon #6 Bird of the Year. : Milford Mirror

Number six is the rusty blackbird that flew over Deer Pond Farm in Sherman at 2:15 a.m. on Nov. 8. Andersen said it was the first bird detected by the Connecticut Audubon Society’s new Motus Wildlife Tracking System receiver. These bird tracking efforts “might well revolutionize bird research,” Andersen said.

2018-11-30 - Widening of Motus network a reccommendation of Connecicut Audubon Migrating birds thrive in cities, Connecticut Audubon reports : New Haven Register

Milan Bull, senior director of science and conservation for Connecticut Audubon, said that traditional banding of migrating birds to identify their takeoff and landing places is giving way to the Motus Wildlife Tracking System , which uses “highly miniaturized radio transmitters” so small they can even be attached to butterflies.

2018-11-30 - Widening of Motus network a reccommendation of Connecicut Audubon : Milford Mirror

Report: “In Cities and Suburbs: A Fresh Look at How Birds Are Surviving in Connecticut.” The report’s recommendations include passing the Recovering America’s Wildlife Act to redirect federal funds to states for conservation work; expanding a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Program in which local partners maintain habitat in cities; and increasing the use of the Motus Wildlife Tracking System to help researchers follow when and where migratory birds travel.

2018-10-11 - Migration Revealed: Researchers unlock secrets to small migrating species : The Fredrick News-Post

A collaboration between local bird scientists might be the only situation during which building fences can actually bring people closer together. Known as the Northeast Motus Collaboration, the group of ornithologists is constructing “fence lines,” which are networks of communication towers designed to detect the unique digital fingerprints of nanotags attached to backs of songbirds, bats and pollinators. Nanotags are the future of bird tracking and are already lifting the veil on the least-understood migrations.

2018-10-11 - Maryland Awarded Grant to Track Wildlife with Nanotags : Southern Maryland News Net

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources, in partnership with the Willistown Conservation Trust, Pennsylvania Game Commission and neighboring states, received funding from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to dramatically expand a revolutionary new migration tracking system across a five-state area.

2018-10-10 - Trackers so small they can fit on a monarch butterfly : Press & Sun-Bulletin

Talk about fascinating technology … This is where I tell you about the Motus Wildlife Tracking System. It’s a surveillance system that tracks migrating animals with nanotags — radio transmitters so small they can be fitted to monarch butterflies.

2018-10-09 - WPBO Motus Tower Dedicated in Memory of Linda Jo Klemens : Michigan Audubon

When I was first approached by the Thunder Bay Audubon Society’s board about offering a donation in memory of their devoted, long-time president, Linda Jo Klemens, the first idea they brought to the table was a memorial gift that would go towards the cost of a Snowy Owl transmitter. However, the cost for one transmitter alone made this path a limiting one. As we continued to explore options, I was aware of the pressing need for funding something very tangible and long-term that would have a direct impact on bird conservation and research: a Motus tower at WPBO. The idea of sponsoring the purchase of a transmitter for a Snowy Owl in Linda’s memory was wonderful and this research is undoubtedly important, but the possibility of moving an on-loan Motus tower from our spring owl banders’ home in Paradise, Mich., to the base of our owl banding operations at the Owl’s Roost at Whitefish Point Bird Observatory seemed a very fitting and long-lasting memorial for a person who was so invested and committed to birds.

2018-10-04 - U.S. Fish & Wildlife Provides Grant To Track Bird Species Of Greatest Concern In Mid-Atlantic Region : Cision PR Newswire

A research collaboration led by the Willistown Conservation Trust, in partnership with several state agencies and nonprofits, received a $500,000 grant from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) to dramatically expand a new migration tracking system across a five-state area.

2018-09-29 - Project seeks to track endangered species; more added to threatened list : Sun-Gazette

The Pennsylvania Game Commission will lead a team to further expand the Motus Wildlife Tracking System in five states for monitoring eight migratory species. The Pennsylvania species being targeted by this fieldwork are Swainson’s thrush, wood thrush, blackpoll warblers, Canada warblers, rusty blackbirds, American woodcock and northern long-eared bats. Other priority species, such as New England’s Bicknell’s thrush, also are targeted by this research.

2018-09-27 - Tiny tags and a broad research network help track small animal movements : Mongabay

Despite great advances in radio-telemetry technology, tracking small animals still presents challenges due to the weight of tracking equipment. The Motus Wildlife Tracking System uses nano-tags as light as 0.2 grams to track even small birds and insects. Based on a collaborative deployment of automated telemetry receivers, Motus can track animals over a broad geographical region to help answer fundamental questions about animal movements, leading to insights that can help protect migratory species as they traverse the landscape.

2018-09-05 - Zoos and Aquariums Take Migratory Birds Under Their Wings : Smithsonian's National Zoo & Conservation Biology Institute

Migratory bird conservation is taking flight at zoos and aquariums, according to a new paper published in Zoo Biology. The study outlines the role that Association of Zoos and Aquariums-accredited institutions are currently playing or could play in the conservation and management of native songbirds.

2018-08-30 - This new tower at Zoo Miami tracks birds from North to South America :

The Miami-Dade park recently installed a tower called the Motus Wildlife Tracking System which tracks the movement and behavior of birds, bats and flying insects via small digitally-encoded tags attached by researchers. The transmitters send out signals several times each minute.

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