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.
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 in spring of 2018!
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.
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 CanadaHelps.org will receive their tax receipt by email immediately following their donation.
Choose "MOTUS Wildlife Tracking Tower" as the fund!
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
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
- 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