Bird and Mammal handling techniques
Uma Ramakrishnan, Gerry Martin, Vishnudas C. K., Vivek Ramachandran, Krishnapriya Tamma and Amruta Varudkar
Several research questions require animal handling, which includes capturing, with and without immobilization. This workshop will provide a brief exposure to some techniques on field, in a captive animal facility. We will later discuss some ethical considerations behind these techniques back at IISc. We will focus on birds and small mammals. There are various methods to capture birds but the most popular one is mist-net based capture techniques. We will discuss how nets should be placed and we will also do a quick demonstration of extracting birds from a mist net. For small mammals, the most commonly used traps are box traps (live trapping), snap traps (killing) and pitfall traps (live trapping/ killing). We will discuss how box traps (Sherman live trap) can be employed for capturing small mammals and show a quick demonstration of removing animals from the trap. We will also discuss the best practices with relation to safety of animals and risks associated with such methods. We will demonstrate how various morphometric measurements will be taken with suggestions on how to minimize errors and reduce inter-observer variability. We will also briefly discuss how such data should be stored and shared. Participants will get to use some of these methods briefly.
Information for participants:
Participants should be interested in researching birds and small mammals.
Location: Gerry Martin’s farm 30 Km from IISc campus. Please note that this workshop has an early start 7am from IISc, all participants return by 12 noon to IISc.
Vishnudas C. K.