There was an earlier posting, I forget whose, that said that they didn't like
the injuries caused by trapping waders, but they were quite ok with mist nets.
But here Trevor Manley says he has seen mist nets cause "appalling injury and
Why the difference in experiences? Can anyone explain this?
> -----Original Message-----
> On Behalf Of
> Trevor Manley
> Sent: Wednesday, 30 March 2011 8:55 PM
> Subject: [Birding-Aus] Leg Flagging/Banding
> Is there anyone out there who is prepared to offer a
> justification for these practices? Anyone who can quantify
> how it benefits the birds??
> Back in 2002, I was living in the USA and volunteered on a
> spring migration banding team on the Lake Erie southern shore
> - one of the major migration hotspots.
> I guess my motivation was the opportunities it would offer to
> see and photograph birds at close quarters.
> But I didn't last long - I was appalled by the mortality and
> trauma involved. Not many birds actually injured themselves
> or died in the mist nets (though one death is one too many),
> but many got so badly entangled that they were injured being
> extracted from the nets. And there was a further mortality
> rate of birds in the keep bags. I quit pretty quickly!
> As far as I could see, the only entities benefitting from the
> exercise were the (human) banders/organisers in being able to
> report "higher numbers than last year", and to thus gain
> further funding to do it all over again the next year.
> I think by now we know the migratory ranges of most every
> species, so the practice of banding/flagging is surely past
> it's use-by date.
> Trevor Manley
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