KBNERR shares information about the new Motus tower at their office with Homer Shorebird Festival Participants.

Homer Shorebird Festival participants stop by KBNERRs office to learn about the new Motus Tower.

The Kachemak Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve (KBNERR) installed a MOTUS tower on May 8th to track migrating birds passing through the highly productive shores of Kachemak Bay and the pacific flyway. Thanks to a NERR Science Collaborative Grant, the partners from Cape Fear Bird Observatory traveled to Homer to assist Dr. Lauren Sutton, Research Coordinator, with assembling and installing the Motus tower outside of KBNERR’s office. As one of four towers in all of Alaska, data from tagged birds will be available on the MOTUS Wildlife Tracking website ( for anyone to use. Community members who attended an outreach event during the Kachemak Bay Shorebird Festival on May 9th expressed much enthusiasm about this new tool.