Recommendations for the use of mist nets for inventory and monitoring of bird populations

Studies in Avian Biology
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Edited by: C. John Ralph and Erica H. Dunn



We provide recommendations on the best practices for mist netting for the purposes of monitoring population parameters such as abundance and demography. Studies should be carefully thought out before nets are set up, to ensure that sampling design and estimated sample size will allow study objectives to be met. Station location, number of nets, type of nets, net placement, and schedule of operation should be determined by the goals of the particular project, and we provide guidelines for typical mist-net studies. In the absence of study-specific requirements for novel protocols, commonly used protocols should be used to enable comparison of results among studies. Regardless of the equipment, net layout, or netting schedule selected, it is important for all studies that operations be strictly standardized, and a well-written operation protocol will help in attaining this goal. We provide recommendations for data to be collected on captured birds, and emphasize the need for good training of project personnel

Publication type Book chapter
Publication Subtype Book Chapter
Title Recommendations for the use of mist nets for inventory and monitoring of bird populations
Series title Studies in Avian Biology
ISBN 0943610613
Volume 29
Year Published 2004
Language English
Publisher Cooper Ornithological Society
Contributing office(s) Alaska Science Center
Description 10 p.
Larger Work Type Book
Larger Work Subtype Monograph
Larger Work Title Monitoring bird populations using mist nets (Studies in Avian Biology no. 29)
First page 187
Last page 196
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