In the spring of 2017 during migration, WorkCabin Creative filmed at the Long Point Bird Observatory for the large-scale video project about the Motus Wildlife Tracking System. Videographer Gregg McLachlan of WorkCabin / WorkCabin Creative was a contributing filmmaker on this project.
Via Motus — The Motus Wildlife Tracking System is a collaborative research network that uses coordinated automated radio telemetry arrays to study movements of small animals. Motus is a program of Bird Studies Canada in partnership with Acadia University and collaborating researchers and organizations.
The Motus Wildlife Tracking System (Motus, latin for ‘movement’) uses a coordinated automated radio telemetry array to track the movement and behaviour of small flying organisms. Motus tracks animals (birds, bats, and large insects) affixed with digitally-encoded radio transmitters “nano-tags” that broadcast signals several times each minute. These signals are detected by automated radio telemetry stations that scan for signals 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. When results from many stations are combined, the array can track animals across a diversity of landscapes covering thousands of kilometers.
This multinational system has its roots in the SensorGnome network which was piloted in 2012 and 2013. In 2014 a major infrastructure expansion was made possible through a Canada Foundation for Innovation grant to Western University, The University of Guelph, and Acadia University. This gave rise to the Motus Wildlife Tracking System. The system has grown steadily since that time and as of February 2017 over 350 receiving stations were active accross the Western Hemisphere.
The purpose of Motus is to facilitate landscape-scale research and education on the ecology and conservation of migratory animals. It is a program of Bird Studies Canada (BSC) in partnership with Acadia University and collaborating researchers and organizations.
The Motus video was released in December 2017