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A method for trapping breeding adult American Oystercatchers

January 1, 2005

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.

Citation Information

Publication Year 2005
Title A method for trapping breeding adult American Oystercatchers
DOI 10.1648/0273-8570-76.1.46
Authors Conor P. McGowan, Theodore R. Simons
Publication Type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Series Title Journal of Field Ornithology
Index ID 70028011
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse
USGS Organization Coop Res Unit Atlanta

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