What is Motus?
The Motus telemetry network of receiver stations detects radio signals from transmitters that are attached to birds and sometimes-other wildlife. These tiny transmitters stay on birds for several months emitting radio signals regularly. Each tag emits a unique signature so we can determine where animals go, how fast they transit between points (migration ecology), and how long they stay in an area (stop-over ecology), among many aspects about their behavior and conservation. The purpose of Motus is to facilitate landscape-scale research and education on the ecology and conservation of migratory animals.
The Motus station at the CTA Office in Waskaganish has already detected several Red Knots, migrating north to their breeding grounds from their wintering areas in southern South America.
After the installation of the Wemindji station in 2019, there is a plan to place additional stations in each of the coastal communities in the coming years.