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1 January 2000 SETTING MIST NETS FROM PLATFORMS IN THE FOREST CANOPY
Austin E. Stokes, Brian B. Schultz, Richard M. Degraaf, Curtice R. Griffin
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We describe a technique for setting mist nets horizontally from canopy platforms, detailing materials needed, installation, and use of the net system. Using a control cord, the operator pulls the net outward from the platform along a cable, and rolls it inward around a manually-operated spindle to remove captured birds. Because nets are not raised from the ground, disturbance to vegetation is minimized. Set-up time averaged 5 min/net after climbing to the platform, and we used a maximum of two nets from a platform. High winds (>40 km/h) and light rain closed canopy nets more often than ground nets, and canopy nets were less effective before leaf-out in spring. In 1751 net-hours, 121 birds of 25 species were captured, and 44 birds (27%) were recorded escaping the nets. The method seeks to parallel conventional netting so as to allow comparisons between strata, making this technique useful for studies that require simultaneous mist-netting in forest canopy and understory levels.

Austin E. Stokes, Brian B. Schultz, Richard M. Degraaf, and Curtice R. Griffin "SETTING MIST NETS FROM PLATFORMS IN THE FOREST CANOPY," Journal of Field Ornithology 71(1), 57-65, (1 January 2000). https://doi.org/10.1648/0273-8570-71.1.57
Received: 8 December 1997; Accepted: 4 June 1998; Published: 1 January 2000
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