A method for trapping breeding adult American Oystercatchers

Journal of Field Ornithology
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We present an efficient and effective method for trapping adult, breeding American Oystercatchers (Haematopus palliatus) that minimizes disturbance to nesting birds and the risk of trapping injuries. We used a remote controlled mechanical decoy to lure territorial adults to a leg-hold noose-mat trap. We trapped 25 birds over two seasons and were successful on 54% of our trapping attempts in 2003. We only trapped birds before the breeding season or between nesting attempts to reduce nest-site disturbance.

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Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title A method for trapping breeding adult American Oystercatchers
Series title Journal of Field Ornithology
DOI 10.1648/0273-8570-76.1.46
Volume 76
Issue 1
Year Published 2005
Language English
Publisher Association of Field Ornithologists
Contributing office(s) Coop Res Unit Atlanta
Description 4 p.
First page 46
Last page 49
Country United States
State North Carolina
Other Geospatial Cape Fear River, Cape Hatteras National Seashore, Cape Lookout National Seashore
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