Cayuga Bird Club recently voted to allocate funds to put up a Motus
tracking station for detection of radio-tagged migratory birds. We will be
installing our new Motus Tower at Myers Park, this Saturday, October 19, at
at 2:00 pm. Bryant Dossman, a Cornell graduate student who uses Motus
tracking in his research, has provided much advice for the project and will
be putting together this Motus receiving station on Saturday, explaining
various components while he builds it.

Motus tracking, developed by Bird Studies Canada, gathers data on the
movements of individual birds and other wildlife, contributing to our
understanding of migration routes, timing, and stopover habitats for
different species, without requiring re-capture of tagged individuals. If a
radio-tagged bird flies within 5-10 miles of a receiver (depending on
weather conditions), its detection is logged and that information is shared
with migration researchers throughout the international Motus network.

Motus tracking becomes more valuable as the array of Motus receivers
expands geographically. Our new Motus station at Myers Point will provide
data on tagged birds that come through this area. Initially, we may detect
only small numbers of birds in a season with our receiver. However, data
provided by Motus tracking should become richer each year as more birds are
tagged and more towers are put up, providing increasingly valuable
information for studies of migration.

If you are interested in learning more about this technology for tracking
migratory birds, join us at Myers Park in Lansing (pavilion E) this
Saturday afternoon at 2 pm.

Many thanks to Lansing Parks and Recreation for their help with this

Diane Morton

Cayuga Bird Club


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