The Motus Project: North Bay's 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.

Joining the motus network

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. 

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. The unit was installed and operational as of spring 2018!

Thank you...

Thank you to the North Bay-Mattawa Conservation Authority, and to each of our donors listed! The project has now been fully funded and the unit has been installed. We look forward to learning more about who's passing through town as research on different species that migrate through our region are studied in the coming years.

Thank you  for your support!


Mati Sauks



Greater Nipissing Stewardship Council, Nipissing University



North Bay Lions Club, Rebuilt Resources, Gary and Connie Sturge


$250 or more

Northern Reps of Ontario Nature


$100 or more

Nipissing Naturalists Club, BirdWing of Nipissing Naturalists Club, Marc Buchanan, Fred Pinto, Grant McKercher, Lyn Ingham, Peter Ferris, James G Hasler, Greg Briggs, Susan Christian


$50 or more

Kerrie Blaise


$25 or more

Kaye Edmonds, Dave O'Neil, Lori Anderson, Steph Romaniuk, Sheldon McGregor, Sarah Wheelan, Lorie & Janis Reed, Anonymous

 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


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