Automated radio telemetry systems use radio tags and receiver stations to collect movement data on many species of birds, bats, and insects. The Motus Wildlife Tracking System (“Motus” is an international collaborative research network that uses cooperative automated radio telemetry to track tagged organisms on shared frequencies. While Motus is well- established for use in terrestrial systems, it has only recently begun to expand into marine environments including monitoring of ESA-listed bird and bat species for offshore wind assessments. The goal of this project was to develop standardized protocols for using coordinated automated radio telemetry to
monitor birds and bats in offshore environments in the Atlantic region of North America in relation to planned offshore wind energy development.

With funding from New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, the project team from U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), Biodiversity Research Institute (BRI), University of Rhode Island
(URI), and Birds Canada (BC) developed a series of interrelated products to guide and inform the deployment of automated radio telemetry technology in relation to offshore wind energy development
in the U.S. Atlantic. The products were developed with strong input stakeholders and draft protocols were field tested with industry partners on offshore wind turbines and monitoring buoys at several sites
throughout the U.S. Atlantic. Final products were released to the public in 2023 and are available at the links below. The products are intended to be living documents that are updated as new information and
technology becomes available.