Just in time for fall migration, all five Motus receiver stations on the Perch River, Upper and Lower Lakes, Three Rivers, Rome, and Lake Shore Marshes Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs) are up and running.
In August and September, the Northeast Motus Collaboration worked with DEC to install the stations, which join a growing network of Motus receiver stations that will help researchers better understand bird, bat, and insect movements and migration by remotely tracking tagged individuals as they move across the landscape.
Each fall, migrating birds fly south to their wintering grounds. This is a great time of year for birdwatching across the state. Whether you visit a Bird Conservation Area or stay in your own neighborhood, there are plenty of opportunities to watch birds. You can search fields and forests for warblers and sparrows; and explore lakes, ponds, and beaches to see waterfowl and shorebirds, or visit a hawk watch for a chance to witness raptor migration.
Photo of Motus receiver station at Lake Shore Marshes WMA by Todd Alleger.