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Construction and operation of cable-chain drag for nest searches

Wildlife Leaflet 512

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Abstract

A list of materials necessary to build and use a 53-m-long cable-chain drag is presented. Techniques are described for searching, finding, and marking nests in a typical area of grassland.During nine nesting seasons, 7,894 nests representing 32 species were found by searching fields with cable-chain drags. Only 2% of the nests were damaged while searching; most of this damage was caused by the searcher or the vehicle, and not by the drag.The rate of nest abandonment caused by cable-chain searching was estimated to be less than 1%. Reflushing efficiency ranged from 25% for green-winged teal (Anas crecca) to 100% for shorebirds. Other uses of the cable-chain drag are also discussed.

Additional Publication Details

Publication type:
Report
Publication Subtype:
Federal Government Series
Title:
Construction and operation of cable-chain drag for nest searches
Series title:
Wildlife Leaflet
Series number:
512
Year Published:
1977
Language:
English
Publisher:
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Publisher location:
Washington, DC
Contributing office(s):
Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center
Description:
14 pp.
First page:
0
Last page:
14