Date: 1/8/18 4:37 pm
From: Jennifer Coulson <jenniferocoulson...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L] Tues., Jan 16 - Michael Seymour's talk about an exciting new study tracking small bird species' movements in the northern Gulf of Mexico
*Orleans Audubon Monthly Programs*

*Casting a Net for Bird Movements: Louisiana’s SPDOR VHF Network for
Wildlife Tracking*

*Speaker:* Michael Seymour, Nongame Ornithologist, Louisiana Department of
Wildlife and Fisheries

*Date:* Tuesday, January 16
*Time:* 6:30 p.m. social, 7:00 p.m. program
*Location:* Community Church Unitarian Universalist, 6690 Fleur de Lis
Drive, New Orleans, Louisiana 70124
is located in Lakeview, on the southwest corner of Fleur de Lis Drive and
38th Street.

Michael Seymour will tell us about the relatively new, and ever-expanding,
Motus Wildlife Tracking System and how it is being used in bird research
and conservation. In 2012, Bird Studies Canada helped launch the Motus
Wildlife Tracking System, a network of VHF receiver stations that are able
to detect and log codes from tiny, radio tags (nanotags) attached to birds
and other organisms. Recognizing a significant coverage gap on the Northern
Gulf of Mexico coastline, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and
Fisheries, the Barataria-Terrebonne National Estuary Program, and the
Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Foundation partnered in 2016 to construct
and maintain fifteen VHF receiver stations along the Louisiana coast. In
2017, the project obtained a grant from ConocoPhillips that will allow the
capacity of Louisiana’s VHF receiver station (SPDOR) network to more than
double, effectively creating a digital fence of detection along our coast.

Michael will discuss the latest technology that has made this major advance
possible, the state of our current network and its projected footprint for
2018, and the most up-to-date detections from the Louisiana stations.

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