Monday, March 14, will be the next monthly meeting of the Cayuga Bird Club. 
Mark Deutschlander will be giving his presentation, "The Promise of the Motus 
Wildlife Tracking System at 7:30 pm.
  Zoom meeting registration: in remote sensing 
and tracking technology have provided opportunities to study migratory 
songbirds in ways researchers only dreamed of decades ago. Limited to banding 
(capture/recapture data) and semi-natural laboratory studies, ornithologists 
have been able to elucidate many mechanisms of orientation and understand basic 
migratory behavior and ecology. Tracking and remote sensing, however, are 
providing new insights into migratory behavior, pathways, and ecology. The 
Motus Wildlife Tracking System, which uses radio-tracking technology to monitor 
nano-tagged birds, is critical tool for studying migration in the Americas. 
Mark will review some of the ways Motus has allowed researchers to increase our 
knowledge about songbird migration, and he will introduce new 
“local” Motus projects on Blackpoll Warblers and Gray Catbirds. 
Motus technology not only provides basic data about the timing and pathways of 
migration and stopover behavior but promises to be a new and exciting tool to 
elucidate migratory mechanisms to corroborate more traditional 
“lab” based studies of migratory behaviors.
 Mark Deutschlander is a Professor of Biology at Hobart and William Smith 
Colleges. Mark has long been interested in animal orientation and navigation, 
particular the use of magnetic and celestial cues (i.e., UV polarized light) by 
migratory birds and other organisms. He has studied sensory biology and 
orientation in Eastern red-spotted newts, Siberian Hamsters, salmonids, and a 
variety of songbirds, including Australian Silvereyes and North American 
species such as Bobolinks, White-throated sparrows and Catharus thrushes. 
Recently Mark’s has expanded his research to study migratory night calls 
and the energetics of migration in parulids. Mark is currently the President of 
the Braddock Bay Bird Observatory, where he collaborates on Motus work and 
other research, and he is a Past President of the Wilson Ornithological 
Society, the second largest and second oldest academic society dedicated to the 
study of birds.  Cayuga Bird Club meetings start at 7:30 pm on the second 
Monday of each month, September through June, and are open to the public. Each 
virtual meeting will begin with the speaker's presentation, followed by club 
business. Colleen RichardsCorresponding SecretaryCayuga Bird Club

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