MOTUS WILDLIFE TRACKING: PROTOCOL FOR TAG DETECTION TESTING FOR MOTUS STATIONS
|Patrick D. Lorch; email@example.com; Rodd Kelsey, Blake Barbaree, Levi Souza, David Lumpkin, Scott Jennings
The number of Motus wildlife tracking stations in the west has grown from 6 in 2018 to over 100 in 2022. Very little guidance for how to test whether a station is detecting tags exists currently. I will go over the current suggestions and then present recent developments in standardizing testing protocols. I will present work by several co-authors on how we might use drones to test tag detection as well as statistical methods for presenting station detection effectiveness. I also present simple methods that can be accomplished by anyone installing a Motus station using a test tag on a PVC pipe and a GPS or smartphone. Finally I will give links to resources for tag and station testing.