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 are working with the North Bay-Mattawa Conservation Authority (NBMCA) and Bird Studies Canada to put North Bay on the Motus network. The site we’re currently investigating for the tower is in NBMCA’s Laurentian Escarpment Conservation Area, at the Laurentian Ski Hill.
Motus towers are now located throughout North America, and now, into South America and internationally. Although there are currently more than 350 Motus towers - each passively receiving tracking information from tagged animals, including birds, bats, and even butterflies - we still have some substantial gaps in coverage throughout northern Ontario, including here in North Bay. The two closest towers, each with a reception field of 15-20 km in diameter, are located in Kawartha Lakes and at the Hilliardton Marsh in New Liskeard.
This leaves a large gap in tracking migration routes through the North Bay / Nipissing Region. This area sees much activity through the spring and fall migration seasons.
Over the past few decades, we've seen troubling declines in many species, including shorebirds and aerial insectivores, such as swallows and flycatchers. The Motus wildlife tracking network provides the mechanism to better understand migration patterns and population health for species who live here year round, and those who travel through.