Nashville’s Warner Park Nature Center has a long history of excellence and leadership when it comes to birds. They have been banding birds and promoting awareness of birds for more then 40 years. Over the past year they have been engaged in a new program called MOTIS which represents a significant advancement in the technology of bird research. This program uses tiny radio transmitter tags powered by solar energy together with a network of radio receiving stations to track bird movements and travel patterns.
We talk with Laura Cook, the head of the Warner Park BIRD program, together with Kathy Shaw park volunteer (former TN State Park Ranger/ Naturalist) about this new technology. We also take the opportunity to learn from them about the remarkable roost of purple martin bird currently occurring in downtown Nashville.