Holiday Beach Migration Observatory, Ontario Purple Martin Association and Staff of Nature Canada: Broderick (Brodie) Badcock-Parks, Ted Cheskey and Dr. Kevin Fraser from The University of Manitoba intend to deploy Motus tags on five Purple Martins families at Holiday Beach Conservation Area next Saturday (July 7th, 2018) evening and next Sunday (July 8th) throughout the day. Similar to GPS and geo-locator devices, the birds wear the nano-tags (radio-tracking device) like a small backpack. Each nano-tag is programmed to emit a unique radio signal every 10 seconds which can be detected up to 15 km away from Motus towers or receiving stations. Each time a tagged bird comes within contact of a receiver, it records the signal to document their comings and goings. The nano-tags weigh just 0.67g and they do not need to be recovered in order to access the data.
The Motus Wildlife Tracking System (Motus) is a coordinated network of radio-telemetry arrays managed under a common database that facilitates tracking movements and behaviours of small organisms at local, regional, or even hemispheric scales.
Motus is a program of Bird Studies Canada in partnership with collaborating researchers and organizations.
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