Motus means “movement” in Latin and is now recognized as a global system for tracking wildlife, including birds. It is a program of Bird Studies Canada and Acadia University.

World Migratory Bird Day 2020 Species tracked by Motus

Canada Warbler (Cardellina canadensis) is notable for the broad black streaked “necklace” that males sport. Even females have a faint necklace. Populations of this energetic species have been declining since the 1970’s, and because it migrates as much as 3,000 miles between its nesting sites in Canada and non-breeding sites in South America. This warbler spends very little time at its nesting sites. It is one of the last to arrive, and among the first to leave.  What does it do and where is it on its journeys? Motus is tracking this species to learn more. 

Fun Questions

  • Is the Canada Warbler the national bird of Canada?  Answer
  • What two bird species have “Canada” in their names? Answer