Riddle Me This: What if all Pigeons had Motion Sensors?

So all of us Kiwians (this may or may not be our demonym) are chatting at the office today, talking about what obscure animals we could attach motion sensors to. Mostly fooling around and having a well deserved break from punching out algorithms, but then it really gets me thinking: which animals could we actually attach motion sensors to to help our daily lives?


What if all pigeons in the world had a specific animal motion sensor attached to them? What could we learn?

Now hear me out before you think I'm crazy and close this tab - Behavioural dynamics of birds can be a great way to learn about cities' environmental and personal flow!


For example, let's say we attached motion sensors to every pigeon in Central Park to learn migration patterns, and their movements relative to the movements of people during the day. Would they move in anticipation of the daily work rush hour? Or do they move more chaotically as harsher weather comes into the city? Maybe it's both? What does this say about our Earth and our population?


If we knew this kind of information, we could take it a step further and derive human movement patterns and weather predictions at a relatively low cost.


carrier pigeon with motion sensing

That's right, we're bringing the carrier pigeon back (kind of)


Movement context in group settings for animals is an interesting one. Cows, fish, bears, birds. The possbilities of finding new information about farm behaviour, dangerous coastal zones, forest degradation, sky pollution, and much more are finally at our fingertips.


Well, maybe moreso at the tips of our hooves, paws and fins.


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