By Caroleine James
Wrangell Sentinel 

International bird-tracking project alights in Wrangell


April 26, 2023

Courtesy U.S. Forest Service

U.S. Forest Service crew Nick Docken, left, and Austin O'Brien help assemble the Motus tower on Kadin Island. The tower's five antennae will be used to track shorebirds during their seasonal migrations. Joe Delabrue, Kevin Kocarek and Elizabeth Wirt also assisted with the assembly.

Wrangell may not be on the road system, but that doesn't mean it's not connected to the rest of the world. Last week, a U.S. Forest Service project put Wrangell on the map - the Motus map.

The Motus Wildlife Tracking System is an international collaborative research network that uses radio telemetry technology to study the migratory patterns of birds and other animals. After scientists put a nanotag on a bird, its movements can be tracked by hundreds of Motus antennae all over the world. These tags can weigh less than a gram.

The program's results, which are publicly available for scientist...

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