A suspended dive-net technique for catching territorial divers

Ringing and Migration
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A variety of methods such as night-lighting and lift nets have been used to catch divers (Gavidae), although 24-hour daylight in the Arctic summer and the remote nature of field sites can make the use of these traditional methods impossible. Our research required capture of adult divers at remote locations in northern Alaska. Here we describe a suspended dive-net technique that we used to safely capture territorial White-billed Gavia adamsii and Pacific Divers G. pacifica and that is lightweight and easy to set up. We also were able to capture divers with chicks, and failed breeders, and suggest that this method could be used to catch other territorial aquatic diving birds, especially other diver species.

Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title A suspended dive-net technique for catching territorial divers
Series title Ringing and Migration
DOI 10.1080/03078698.2016.1190615
Volume 31
Issue 1
Year Published 2016
Language English
Publisher Taylor & Francis
Contributing office(s) Alaska Science Center Biology WTEB
Description 4 p.
First page 19
Last page 22
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