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Motus Wildlife Tracking

The Motus Wildlife Tracking System is an international collaborative network of researchers that uses automated radio telemetry to simultaneously track hundreds of individual birds, bats and insects. The system enables a community of researchers, educators, organizations and citizens to undertake impactful research and education on the ecology and conservation of migratory animals. Motus is based on two components — tiny radio tags and a network of receivers. Motus radio tags are light-weight transmitters that send out pulses every few seconds that are detected by Motus receivers. Receivers are mini-computers hooked to antennas that detect radio signals. PSBO proposes to install and maintain two Motus receiver towers, which will contribute to the Motus network. Relying on intellectual guidance from the broad Motus community and the regional support of the Pacific Northwest Motus Working Group (of which we are members), PSBO will collaborate with existing land manager partners on site placement and installation of the towers for best results. By tracking bird movement, PSBO researchers, working with other Motus collaborators, can learn more about avian movement, discover where birds go during migration and how long they stay in specific areas. This information helps guide conservation and habitat management decisions. As a Motus collaborator, PSBO would contribute data from our stations to a centralized database housed at Birds Canada’s National Data Centre. This centralized database offers a variety of on-line tools for other researchers and collaborators to summarize, explore, and access data.