Date(s) - 04/Mar/2021
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
MOTUS WILDLIFE TRACKING SYSTEM IN FRASER RIVER ESTUARY
The Fraser River Estuary is critically important shorebird habitat that supports globally significant numbers of Dunlin during migration and over the winter. Birds Canada has recently started a project studying the overwintering movements of Dunlin in the estuary using the Motus Wildlife Tracking System, an international collaborative research network that uses automated radio telemetry to track birds. This presentation will include an overview of how the Motus Wildlife Tracking System works, Birds Canada’s efforts to tag Dunlin and track their movements in the Fraser River Estuary and our installation of new Motus receiver stations in the area. The presentation will also cover initial results of the tracking work and our plans for the future of the project.
Amie MacDonald works as the Western Motus Coordinator for Birds Canada, and is currently working to expand the Motus Wildlife Tracking System in British Columbia. This includes working on the new Dunlin tracking project in the Fraser River Estuary. Previously, she studied Red Knots during migratory stopover on the James Bay coast, and has also spent several years working as a field technician, primarily with shorebirds in James Bay and the Bay of Fundy, but also with seabirds, passerines, and small mammals on various projects. She loves being in the field and is interested in migration, population ecology and the conservation of highly mobile species.
In the weekly e-newsletter several days before this Zoom presentation, a link will be provided for you to participate.