the Annual Meeting of the Inland Bird Banding Association (IBBA) just
finished (11/10-11/12). Master's student Lewis Hakam presented a poster on his thesis work at the meeting. This was made possible by grants he received from the Lincoln Land Association of Bird Banders (LLABB) and the UIS Graduate Student Research Fund.
Many researchers from across the Midwest attended the meeting, providing valuable networking opportunities for Lewis. The theme of this year's meeting was using autonomous radio telemetry network, called Motus (Latin word for movement), in conjunction with banding to provide insight into the behaviors and movements of birds across the Americas. A Motus workshop on Sunday gave attendees the chance to learn more about current projects, obtaining and setting up a Motus tower, and attaching trackers to birds. Following Motus presentations and an expert panel, Lewis was able to practice using radio telemetry equipment provided by Cellular Tracking Technologies Incorporated (CTT) to located trackers hidden around the Warner Park Nature Center, TN where the conference took place. Congratulations to Lewis on a successful Conference!