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The Association of Field Ornithologists sells mist nets for approved purposes as a service to members and the scientific community. Prices of mist nets and other items are kept low because our ultimate goal is not profit-making but rather ensuring that quality research equipment continues to be available to ornithologists, including those with limited sources of funding, at a reasonable price. Any profits from sales are used to support ornithological research, including funding the Bergstrom and Skutch Research Awards that go to students and non-professionals throughout the Western Hemisphere (see: http://www.afonet.org/grants/index.html). Sales are handled by the Manomet Center for Conservation Sciences (http://catalog.manomet.org/catalog/cart.cgi'>http://catalog.manomet.org/catalog/cart.cgi).



Current Inventory


Note: Our inventory is undergoing a major review in 2011 and will be updated and expanded. Please check back here in late 2011 for information on changes and additions to what we sell. We welcome suggestions on inventory. If there are items you would like to see us sell, please contact the AFO President.


Mist nets

Leg (band size) gauges

Bird bags

Banding pliers

Band removal tools





Wing rules


Mist net description

All nets are made of black nylon (except ATXs is made of sand-colored nylon and KTX is made of black polyester thread) and are tethered to prevent bunching in a breeze. In the specifications below, height is as designated by our manufacturer (users should allow slack in order to form shelf pockets). Mesh size figures are stretched netting, i.e. the longest possible distance. Denier indicates the weight of thread (lower is lighter and less visible to birds). All yarn is two-ply, except ETX (four ply).


Choice of Mist Net Types

Net choice is partly a matter of personal preference, but here are some general guides: In general, use 12 meter nets if you have the space, and 6 meters especially where space is limited. The best mesh size depends on the species to be captured. No one size is efficient for all sizes of birds; outside the proper range of size, the net may be inefficient, become tangled, or birds may damage the net.


24 mm - For kinglets and smallest wood warblers

30 mm –Generally for warbler-sized birds*

36 mm - General purpose size for small birds*

61 mm – For doves, grackles, medium-sized shorebirds, the largest thrushes

121 mm – For grouse, large shorebirds, small to medium-sized ducks and hawks


* The line of peak efficiency between this and 36mm falls between birds taking U.S. band size 1 or less (30mm) and those taking 1B or larger (36mm).


Placing your Order

Please visit our online store at: http://catalog.manomet.org/catalog/cart.cgi


NOTE: All persons ordering nets must provide their permit number. Institutional purchasing agents should name the individual(s) responsible for use of the nets and provide their permit number. AFO sells nets only for scientific purposes, and only to individuals and institutions that appear qualified to use them. We will decline sales where qualifications appear inadequate or unproven. Nets will not be sold for purposes such as control of the numbers of birds, for commercial collection, or for resale.


For further information, contact:

AFO MIST NETS, Manomet, Inc.

P.O. Box 1770

Manomet, MA 02345, USA

Telephone: 508-224-6521

Fax: 508-224-9220

Email: AFOBAND@manomet.org

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