Semi-palmated Sandpiper

Beach Hill Commons


The KCC hosts a tracking station, in partnership with Bird Studies Canada, on the Beach Hill Commons. Stuart MacKenzie of Bird Studies Canada and the Wildlife Tracking System Manager says, “In 2014, our collaboration of more than 30 researchers and organizations radio-tagged over 1800 birds and bats of more than 30 species. These animals were tracked throughout the array providing otherwise unobtainable information about migratory routes, breeding behaviors, and habitat and landscape use.”


In a recently received summary of information of data collected in the past year, our Kingsburg site is specifically mentioned in detections of the Red Knot on August 13, 2014 and the Semipalmated Sandpiper on August 29, 2014.


Bird Studies Canada partners with Motus. Their site says "Motus is a system that is built around an infrastructure that allows researchers to track the movement of animals in the landscape. Researchers fit small lightweight radio-transmitters on animals such as birds, and their signal is detected by receivers scattered around the landscape, which then communicate their detections to a central database located in southern Ontario. As each tag has a unique emission signature, we can find out where animals go, how fast they transit between points (migration ecology) and how long they stay in an area (stop-over ecology), among many other things."


You can get more information on MOTUS Atlantic Array, which Kingsburg is a part of, at


Red Knot