Motus is a coordinated hemispheric tracking system for all migratory bird species, and is the world's most ambitious bird tracking initiative. The project's goal is to understand the connections between breeding, migrating, and wintering locations for every Canadian bird species by 2030.
Motus enables researchers to track the movements of birds, bats, and other flying animals at local and regional scales, and over vast distances. This project is providing critical new details about the exact breeding and wintering habitats, and migration routes, of birds in the Western Hemisphere. This information will help us identify priority habitats for protection.
Motus technology is the first of its kind in the world, and involves a combination of miniaturized radio transmitters and a new, expansive network of receivers. The "nano-tag" tracking devices are light enough to track even the smallest animals, such as hummingbirds, dragonflies, and butterflies.
The Motus Wildlife Tracking System is a program of Bird Studies Canada, in partnership with collaborating researchers and organizations.