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Thanks to our flock of supporters this Kentucky Gives Day

By Cadell Walker

Thank you for being a part of Bernheim’s flock! You showed up for Kentucky Gives Day to help us put Research in Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest!

As a conservation leader in Kentucky and beyond, Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest places great value on scientific research to inform best practices in land protection. We had a $20,000 fundraising goal to help us install Kentucky’s first Motus Wildlife Tracking stations, and with a generous dollar-for-dollar match, we were able to raise $22,195.

Thanks to your support, we will soon be able to install two Motus base stations, allowing us to track 25 individual birds using by installing a series of solar-powered antennae and tracking chips. The Motus Wildlife Tracking System is an international network of researchers using coordinated base stations to study movements of wildlife at local, regional, and hemispheric scales, which adds to the research community’s knowledge base of bird and other wildlife migration. Through this system, Bernheim will learn which birds are migrating through our forest from other research projects, adding to our understanding of how birds use Bernheim Forest.

We periodically post updates to our blog about our research. We hope you will follow along and see your dollars at work as we use Motus to track the journey of birds, bats, butterflies and more.

Without donors like you, we would not be able to fulfill our mission of connecting people with nature. Thank you for your support.

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