Caesars Head State Park is now the home of the new Motus Wildlife Tracking Tower that will collect real-time data on bird and wildlife movement.
The tower, the result of a partnership between the nonprofit Audubon South Carolina, Duke Energy and the South Carolina Department of Parks, Recreation & Tourism, is the first of its kind in the Upstate and will work in tandem with other Motus towers along the South Carolina coast, according to SCPRT.
“The success of the Motus Wildlife Tracking System relies on strong cooperation among scientists, conservation organizations, educational institutions, communities, and parks,” said Justin Stokes, Audubon South Carolina’s executive director in a release. “The tower at Caesars Head marks an important investment in the conservation of imperiled birds and other migratory species in the Upstate, and across the entire Motus network, and we are thrilled to partner with Duke Energy and the Department of Parks, Recreation & Tourism to make the project a reality.”
Mike Callahan, president of Duke Energy in South Carolina, said, “We are committed to investing resources and working alongside our community partners to ensure future generations learn about and enjoy the beauty of the nature around us.”
Audubon South Carolina’s research includes examining stopover locations for bird species. The group will add its data to other research initiatives to better understand bird behavior and to better plan conservation efforts around endangered or threatened birds.
“We are grateful for this partnership and look forward to incorporating Motus tower data into existing annual programing and community science projects at Caesars Head State Park,” said Duane Parrish, SCPRT’s director.