Motus Wildlife Tracking

The Motus Wildlife Tracking System, developed by Bird Studies Canada, uses coordinated radio-telemetry towers and nano-tag receivers to collect animal movement data across the globe. With funding from a FONZ Conservation Grant and the Jacquemin Family Foundation, and in collaboration with Smithsonian’s Movement of Life Initiative and Center for Species Survival, VWL has built two new receiver stations (adding to 9 other towers already in place in Virginia, only one of which is inland). In doing so, we join an international research network made up of hundreds of researchers, institutions, and private landowners.

The new receiver stations, one at SCBI campus in Front Royal and another at private property in Rappahannock County, VA, will enable researchers to triangulate locations of tagged animals moving through the region. This project provides VWL with a unique opportunity to learn more about the species in our region and their continental scale movements while connecting us to a nationwide collaborative research network. In the near future, we plan to host a landowner workshop to provide information for the local community on how to get involved in this exciting project.

Collaborators and Primary Investigators:
Motus Wildlife Tracking System
Smithsonian’s Movement of Life Initiative
Conservation Ecology Center
Center for Species Survival
Wildlife Preservation Canada

Project Timeline and Status:

2019 – Ongoing

Funding:

Friends of the National Zoo Conservation Grant and the Jacquemin Family Foundation

Project Impact:

VWL has built two new receiver stations, one at SCBI campus in Front Royal and another at private property in Rappahannock County, VA.

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VWL is supported 100% by grants and donations and our work is made possible by the generous contributions from our community.

The Smithsonian Institution is a 501(c)(3). All contributions are tax-deductible.

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Virginia Working Landscapes
Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute
1500 Remount Road, MRC 5537
Front Royal, Virginia 22630

SCBIVWL@si.edu
540.635.0038