Motus Wildlife Tracking System is a collaborative international research network that uses cooperative automated radio telemetry to track the movement of flying animals. Many of the species being studied are birds, but it is also used to track bats and even dragonflies. Since its launch in 2014, Motus has become a global initiative. Today there are over 1,200 stations in 31 countries all tracking the migration patterns of more than 250 different species of birds, bats, and insects.
Why do they need our support?
Motus towers allow for an abundance of data to be collected regarding various migratory flying animals. The information gathered from Motus towers helps researchers and conservation-minded organizations better understand how these flying animals are migrating and where they are going. Once we understand migration patterns, more successful conservation projects can be created to help threatened species.
How is the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo helping?
As of today, the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo has installed three different Motus towers to help contribute to the studying of migratory flying animals. Not only did the Zoo install these towers, but since their installation, the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo has been responsible for all upkeep and repairs that have been needed to keep the towers functional.