The Motus Project: Putting North Bay on the map for wildlife tracking

The Motus Wildlife Tracking System is a collaborative research network that uses coordinated automated radio telemetry arrays to study movements of small animals across North America -- including North Bay!


To learn more about Motus and how it works, watch this video! Want to know more about what species are currently being studied? Here's the current project list available on the Motus website.

What's the Plan?

For more than three decades, the Nipissing Naturalists Club have celebrated and explored the natural attractions of our region, sharing curiosity, knowledge, and enthusiasm for the wildlife and landscape of the region. Members of the Nipissing Naturalists have been working with the North Bay-Mattawa Conservation Authority (NBMCA) and Bird Studies Canada to get North Bay on the Motus network. 

What will it cost?

Thanks to our generous supporters, we've raised enough to purchase and install the Motus unit -- including a SensorGnome, antennae, connectors and cables -- on a pole in NBMCA’s Laurentian Escarpment Conservation Area, at the Laurentian Ski Hill in spring of 2018!

How Can I Help?

While we've now raised enough funds to get the unit installed, donations are still needed to ensure maintenance costs are covered to keep the unit online. Your contribution will ensure North Bay's Motus unit continues to collect data from tagged species in the area for many years to come. 

Donate today!

The North Bay-Mattawa Conservation Authority has set up a fund for the "MOTUS Wildlife Tracking Tower". You can now make a donation through NBMCA and receive a charitable tax receipt for your donation! Donors who make an online donation through the NBMCA page on will receive their tax receipt by email immediately following their donation.

Choose "MOTUS Wildlife Tracking Tower" as the fund!

Thank you  for your support!

The following organizations, companies, and individuals have already stepped up to support the North Bay Motus Tracking Station Project:

Mati Sauks - $1,335

Greater Nipissing Stewardship Council - $1,000

Nipissing University - $1,000

North Bay Lions Club - $500

Rebuilt Resources - $500

Gary and Connie Sturge - $500

Northern Reps of Ontario Nature - $275

Nipissing Naturalists Club - $176

Birdwing - $100

Marc Buchanan - $100

Fred Pinto - $100

Grant McKercher - $100

Lyn Ingham - $100

Peter Ferris - $100

James G Hasler - $100

Greg Briggs - $100

Susan Christian - $100

BirdWing of Nipissing Naturalists Club - $100

Kerrie Blaise - $75

Kaye Edmonds - $30

Dave O'Neil - $30

Lori Anderson - $25

Steph Romaniuk - $25

Sheldon McGregor - $25

Sarah Wheelan - $25

Lorie & Janis Reed - $25

Anonymous - $25


 In-kind contributions:


North Bay Hydro - $4,000 (in kind)

for the pole and installation


North Bay-Mattawa Conservation Authority

- land to install station; on-going electrical and Wi-Fi service


Laurentian Ski Hill

- land for pole


Spectrum Group

- material and labour for pole grounding


Bird Studies Canada

- technical expertise and labour


City of North Bay

- initial excavating when the ground was still frozen, to help it thaw