North Bay now on the Global Map for Wildlife Tracking

May 25, 2018 - (North Bay, May 25, 2018)  A radio telemetry tower unveiled today at the Laurentian Escarpment Conservation Area is now tracking birds and other winged creatures as part of an international monitoring network.

The installation of the tower here in North Bay is a project of the Nipissing Naturalists, North Bay-Mattawa Conservation Area and Bird Studies Canada. 

Motus tracks animals (birds, bats and large insects) affixed with digitally-encoded radio transmitters that broadcast signals several times each minute. These signals are detectable by automated radio telemetry stations that scan for signals 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.

"We're now home to one of 450 tracking stations throughout North America, and around the world. The information gathered here adds to the Motus database. We see an abundance of bird migration through the area. The tower here is invaluable for capturing migration pathways, critical stopover areas," said Troy Storms, Manager of Lands and Stewardship at NBMCA.

"The data can be used by educational institutions, like Nipissing University or Canadore College here in North Bay, for the students and the researchers to use it. Other researchers with the government and other research organizations will also get data from this tower," said Fred Pinto, President of Nipissing Naturalists. 

"As a collaborative automated radio telemetry network, Motus is strengthened by support and collaboration across the hemisphere from individuals or groups that are willing to commit time and resources to maintaining their own receiver infrastructure," said Stewart Mackenzie, the Migration Program Manager at Bird Studies Canada, one of the partners in the local project. 

The $10,000 project is funded by donations from residents and organizations in Nipissing region together with in-kind support from the City of North Bay, North Bay Hydro, and Spectrum who all helped with the installation of the pole and the technology. 

The Motus Wildlife Tracking System in a program of Bird Studies Canada in partnership with Acadia University and collaborating researchers and organizations. The public can view data and research on the Motus website at www.motus.org. 

For more than three decades, members of the Nipissing Naturalists Club have celebrated and explored the natural attractions of our region, sharing curiosity, knowledge, and enthusiasm for the wildlife and landscape of the region. 

The North Bay-Mattawa Conservation Authority was founded in 1972 by the Province of Ontario and its 10 member municipalities. A non-profit organization, the NBMCA works closely with the public to balance human needs with environmental needs throughout the region's watershed. The NBMCA is one of 36 Conservation Authorities who are members of Conservation Ontario. 

Media Contact
Fred Pinto, President, Nipissing Naturalists 705-825-1053
Troy Storms, Manager, Lands and Stewardship NBMCA 705-474-5420
Sue Buckle, Manager, Communications and Outreach NBMCA 705-474-5420