Art and Science Come Together at Reflection Riding with Motus Wildlife Tracking Station Mural
Chattanooga, TN (WDEF) – As many know, Chattanooga is a city filled with murals but what many may not know is that the Scenic City’s skies are part of an ancient bird migration super highway known as the Mississippi Flyway.
The folks over at Reflection Riding Arboretum and Nature Center have teamed with Motus Wildlife Tracking Station to combine the two. The location of Reflection Riding makes it a rich observation point for migrating birds. To help scientists better understand the migration habits of millions of birds, Reflection Riding installed a Motus Wildlife Tracking Station at its Welcome Center about a year ago allowing for the automated tracking of birds. This will give wildlife researchers great information now and even better information on migration habits as more stations come into service across the Flyway.
Although this cutting-edge science instrument is an international, collaborative research tool, the equipment itself looks out of place when compared to the natural beauty of Reflection Riding. To help the MOTUS tracking system fit into its surroundings at Reflection Riding, a mural has been completed on the building hosting the equipment.
The mural, entitled “Reflection Flyway,” is set to be officially unveiled to the public Thursday, April 7 at 3 p.m. Reflection Riding received support and funding from Public Arts Chattanooga, ArtsBuild and Southeast Tennessee Development, which allowed Reflection Riding to utilize the talents of local artists. Additional support provided by the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and anonymous donors to Reflection Riding. Set on 300 breathtaking acres just 10 minutes from downtown Chattanooga, Reflection Riding is part public park, part nature center, part wild lands and all outdoor learning.