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 project. Diane Morton President Cayuga Bird Club cayugabirdclub.org -- Cayugabirds-L List Info: http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsWELCOME http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsRULES http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsSubscribeConfigurationLeave.htm ARCHIVES: 1) http://firstname.lastname@example.org/maillist.html 2) http://www.surfbirds.com/birdingmail/Group/Cayugabirds 3) http://birdingonthe.net/mailinglists/CAYU.html Please submit your observations to eBird: http://ebird.org/content/ebird/ --