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1 June 2011 Capturing Clapper Rails using Thermal Imaging Technology
William E. Mills, Dean E. Harrigal, Sheldon F. Owen, William F. Dukes, Daniel A. Barrineau, Ernie P. Wiggers
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Capturing sufficient numbers of marsh birds for telemetry studies is difficult due to the secretive nature and inaccessible habitat of the birds. We experimented with thermal imaging technology to locate clapper rails and subsequently capture them from an airboat in South Carolina tidal marshes. This method produced a capture rate of up to 19.2 rails/hr, which exceeded other capture rates in the literature. We believe this technique will improve capture efficiency for clapper rails, and potentially other secretive marsh birds, enhancing opportunities for studying these important species.

© 2011 The Wildlife Society.
William E. Mills, Dean E. Harrigal, Sheldon F. Owen, William F. Dukes, Daniel A. Barrineau, and Ernie P. Wiggers "Capturing Clapper Rails using Thermal Imaging Technology," Journal of Wildlife Management 75(5), 1218-1221, (1 June 2011). https://doi.org/10.1002/jwmg.142
Received: 1 October 2009; Accepted: 22 December 2010; Published: 1 June 2011
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airboat
capture
clapper rail
marsh bird
rallidae
Rallus longirostris
South Carolina
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