Migratory bird tracking program launched!
Posted on May 16, 2017
Big news for bird science! The Georgian Bay Land Trust has installed our first of three remote telemetry stations, which will track the flight paths of migratory birds using the Motus tracking system, in partnership with Bird Studies Canada.
This tower, installed at the Port Severn Wetlands, has a 15km range, with two antenna pointing towards Beausoleil, and a third toward Matchedash Bay. A further two towers will be installed on Brebeuf Island and Giant’s Tomb. Together, these three towers will form a line that should record any tracked bird travelling up the eastern Georgian Bay coast – an area that has until now been poorly understood in terms of birds’ migratory habits.
We’re very proud that our properties are able to contribute to this exciting international scientific initiative, which aims to better understand the habits and flight paths of migratory birds, many of whose populations are at risk. Ultimately, the data collected through this program could be used to identify key habitats for conservation and protect the lifecycles of these special birds.