MOTUS Migration Project

bird migration

The Motus Wildlife Tracking System

Bird Studies Canada in Partnership with SOx

Bird Studies Canada (BSC) is a scientific organization using computerized tracking of migrating birds and pollinators. Stewardship Oxford (Sox) is interested in partnering with BSC to add tracking facilities within Oxford County. This would be a new 5 year project requiring financial support.

WHAT is MOTUS

BSC monitors migrating wildlife using a new technology. A computerized banding tag, nicknamed MOTUS, is attached to individuals within a migrating species. This tag is in 24 hour communication with BSC computers.

Monitoring stations have a receiver with a 15 mile radius and are placed near a migration pathway. The MOTUS signal on the migrator will be recorded by the MOTUS receiver. The signal will be sent electronically to the BSC computer for recording of date, time, species and location. All data is posted and publicly available.

WHERE

BSC has MOTUS receivers throughout North and South Americas. We are interested in partnering with BSC to place two possible monitoring sites within known flight pathways in Oxford County.

WHEN

Now – November, 2017 to February 28, 2018. We will determine the sites this year.

HOW

SOx  has several potential sites on public and private land which we will assess for suitability to host a MOTUS receiver.

The receiver will be funded by SOx, installed and maintained by BSC. We will start with a 5 year contract, hopefully to be extended it in the future.

Learn more about MOTUS by clicking here!

DONATIONS

SOx is funding part of the project. We are seeking donations to help fund the rest. With your and/or your organization’s help, we can possibly assist more than one site in the county.

There are 2 streams for donating:

  1. Donation to SOx for the project, without a tax receipt
  2. Donation to SOx for the project, to be sent to BSC for a tax receipt.

All donations require a name, phone number, email address and donation amount.

Donations made in 2017 will be credited to this year.  Christmas gifts are a thoughtful way to give. Donations received by February 28th will determine how many, and which, projects we will fund in 2018. All donations will followed up with telephone call from a representative of SOx.