In less than a decade, the Motus Wildlife Tracking System has revolutionized our ability to track even the smallest migratory animals across immense distances. The brainchild of Birds Canada, and supported by more than 2,000 partners and collaborators, Motus has grown to a global network of almost 1,800 automated receiver stations in 34 countries that allow scientists to follow birds, bats and even migratory insects. Scott Weidensaul, a founder of the Northeast Motus Collaboration, which has installed more than 160 Motus stations in the mid-Atlantic and New England, will discuss Motus’s extraordinary potential for conservation, what it’s already brought to light about migrants in this region, and where this exciting effort goes from here.
Scott Weidensaul is the author of more than two dozen books on natural history, including the Pulitzer Prize finalist "Living on the Wind" and his latest, the New York Times bestseller "A World on the Wing." Weidensaul is a contributing editor for Audubon and writes for a variety of other publications, including BWD and Living Bird. He is a Fellow of the American Ornithological Society and an active field researcher, studying saw-whet owl migration for more than 25 years, as well as winter hummingbirds in the East, bird migration in Alaska, and the winter movements of snowy owls through Project SNOWstorm, which he co-founded.
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