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Richmond school monitors bird migration with new tracking system

Henry Anderson Elementary welcomed the Motus wildlife tracking system.

A Richmond school recently installed a tower on its rooftop to monitor bird migration. 

Students from Henry Anderson Elementary will use the new Motus Wildlife Tracking System for their upcoming fine arts programs and environmental education.

Designed to track the movements of small flying animals, Motus was developed by the non-profit organization Birds Canada.

Motus uses coordinated automated receiver stations distributed across the landscape that detect animals marked with uniquely coded radio-transmitters by various researchers, according to a media release sent out by Birds Canada. 

More than 20,000 animals have been tagged by researchers, including birds, bats and insects, and Motus data has been used in more than 100 publications. The data is housed in Birds Canada’s National Data Centre and presented to the public via the Motus website.