At Cape Fear Audubon’s Dec. 13 meeting, Marae West and Evan Buckland, researchers from UNCW’s Danner Lab, will share their latest findings on coastal bird migration in the region. The program will begin at 7 p.m. at Halyburton Park Event Center, 4099 S. 17th Street in Wilmington. For Zoom registration, go to

Last spring, staff from Audubon North Carolina and Danner Lab researchers installed a Motus tower on Lea Island. Standing 20 feet tall, the tower’s antennae detect radio signals from any bird with a radio tag that flies within 9 miles of the island. Lea Island is an undeveloped barrier island south of Topsail Beach, part of Audubon’s coastal sanctuary network and an officially designated Important Bird Area. The new tower now connects the island to the global Motus network.

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