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1 January 2005 A method for trapping breeding adult American Oystercatchers
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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.

Conor P. McGowan and Theodore R. Simons "A method for trapping breeding adult American Oystercatchers," Journal of Field Ornithology 76(1), 46-49, (1 January 2005). https://doi.org/10.1648/0273-8570-76.1.46
Received: 1 December 2003; Accepted: 1 May 2004; Published: 1 January 2005
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