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October Virtual Meeting

October 21 @ 7:00 PM 8:30 PM EDT

Stu Mackenzie, Director of Migration Ecology at Birds Canada will present


Wingtips at our fingertips: Understanding the complex lives of migratory animals


The protection of migratory birds and their habitat requires a complete understanding of how they use landscapes and habitats throughout their full annual cycle. This information not only tells us where we should invest our limited time, resources and energies, but it also communicates the story of migration to engage and link people and communities in conservation action. JoinStu Mackenzie, Director of Migration Ecology at Birds Canada to learn howscientists are advancing the understanding, appreciation and conservation of migratory animals through the Motus Wildlife Tracking System.


The Motus Wildlife Tracking System (Motus) is an international collaborative research network that uses coordinated automated radio telemetry to facilitate research and education on the ecology and conservation of migratory animals. Motus is a program of Birds Canada in partnership with collaborating researchers and organizations. It allows researchers to track the smallest animals possible (birds, bats, and insects), with high temporal and geographic precision, over great distances and reveal important aspects of their life movements,
connectivity, ecology, and life histories. Motus combines the collective impact of local, regional, and even hemispheric projects into one massive collaborative effort that expands the scale and scope of everyone’s work and maximizes the use of scarce resources. It also makes data available and more useful for future projects, collaborative endeavors and large-scale meta analyses. Motus will play a vital role in increasing our understanding of migratory animals, and also help us to meet critical outreach and education objectives.

An invitation to the Zoom call will be sent to all members. See the latest newsletter for more details.