By Ellen Jakubowski, Communications Specialist, Bird Studies Canada
If you have been following news from Bird Studies Canada over the past few years, you’ve certainly heard of the Motus Wildlife Tracking System. We regularly post stories about this cutting-edge network, and its potential to solve mysteries about migration and other aspects of animal biology. But are you curious to know exactly how it works?
An article recently published in the online journal Avian Conservation and Ecology might hold the answers to your questions. “The Motus Wildlife Tracking System: A collaborative research network to enhance the understanding of wildlife movement” explains in detail how the Motus system operates – from the radio transmitters that are affixed to wildlife; to the automated receiver stations; to the flow of information through the system. The article also describes the current uses of Motus, and future research challenges and opportunities.
The Bird Studies Canada scientists who manage the Motus program are excited to share the new publication, and expect it to be widely used by researchers studying animal movement. “This article communicates the inner workings, remarkable results, broad objectives, and future opportunities provided by Motus,” says Bird Studies Canada Migration Program Manager Stuart Mackenzie.
The article was produced collaboratively by a host of Bird Studies Canada staff, associates, and partners. The authors include current Bird Studies Canada scientists Dr. Tara Crewe, Stuart Mackenzie, Dr. Denis Lepage, and Zoe Crysler, as well as Bird Studies Canada’s Chair in Ornithology at Acadia University, Dr. Philip Taylor, and President Emeritus Dr. George Finney.
The Motus Wildlife Tracking System is a program of Bird Studies Canada, in partnership with Acadia University and collaborating researchers and organizations. It is undertaken with the financial support of the Government of Canada and CANARIE’s Research Software Program.