New wildlife tracking system to be installed in Lake Placid

Bobolink (Provided photo — Larry Master)

LAKE PLACID — The first Motus wildlife tracking system in the central Adirondacks will be located at Uihlein Farm in Lake Placid.

Motus wildlife tracking systems are a network of towers that track more than 200 species of tagged animals including songbirds, bats, raptors, butterflies, seabirds and migrating dragonflies. Motus receiver stations situated throughout the world forward data to a shared site available for research and educational purposes.

A ribbon-cutting will take place at noon on Saturday, June 1 at 281 Bear Cub Lane.

“Motus tracking is our logical next step in the Uihlein Foundation’s six-year partnership with the Adirondack Watershed Institute to augment existing research on grassland birds and their habitats,” said John D. Leekley, Uihlein Foundation chair.

“The station will add a valuable Adirondack link to Motus Tracking Systems worldwide,” Leekley added.

Dr. Michale Glennon, senior research scientist at Paul Smith’s College, said that over the course of the past five years, they have documented more than 80 bird species using the field and forest habitats at Uihlein Farm and Heaven Hill, including grassland specialist species that are otherwise rare for this region.

“The work of the Uihlein Foundation to manage these birds and to safeguard their habitats provides an excellent example for landowners interested in benefiting grassland species in Essex County,” Glennon said.

The ribbon-cutting is in conjunction with AdkAction’s Adirondack Pollinator Festival and Paul Smith’s College’s Great Adirondack Birding Celebration. Visitors are invited to enjoy family-friendly activities, including a native pollinator plant sale and presentation, guided grassland bird walks with local experts, discussions concerning grassland conservation with staff members from Adirondack Land Trust, an introduction to the AuSable River Association’s native conservation nursery at Uihlein Farm, face painting, seed giveaways and more. All activities are open to the public at no charge from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

For information regarding the Great Adirondack Birding Celebration, visit www.paulsmithsvic.org/gabc. For information regarding AdkAction’s Pollinator plant sale, visit www.adkaction.org/plantsale.


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