Trapping shorebirds using bow-net tables: An example with Endangered Nordmann’s Greenshank
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1 April 22
Vladimir V. Pronkevich, Philipp N. Maleko, Konstantin S. Maslovsky, Jonathan C. Slaght
Vladimir V. Pronkevich
Khabarovsk Federal Research Center, Institute of Water and Ecology Problems, Far Eastern Branch, Russian Academy of Sciences, 56 Dikopoltsev Street, Khabarovsk, 680000, Russia.
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We used spring-loaded bow-nets secured to wooden platforms on sturdy wooden poles (i.e., ‘bow-net tables’) to catch Endangered, adult Nordmann’s Greenshanks on the brood-rearing areas of Schaste Bay in the Russian Far East. Bow-net tables proved successful for trapping birds in open habitat with limited perches when other, more-established methods were inappropriate. Bow-net tables were simple to construct on site, logistically easy to deploy, could be used in the strong winds common to coastal sites, allowed us to only catch target birds, caused no injuries to the adults caught, and lowered the risk of trampling broods during the capture process.