The night before I was due to leave I helped put up nets ready for the morning. We were in for a bit of a surprise in one net lane.........
For the rest of the TRG they will be be hearing plenty of ......."in CR we did it this way". Like any time spent with other ringers, a good exchange of ideas was had.
One technique we are definitely going to try is their method for storing nets.
Thread one handle of a carrier bag up through the loops on the pole then put your hand through the handle grasp the loops and slide the pole out.
Run the free bag handle up the loops on the second pole and remove the pole.
Then tie the bag handles together.
Because the loops are held in the correct order, putting the nets up is speedy as you should be able to slide the poles up through the loops on the bag handles without checking they are in the right order. Also if the net is ready furled which saves time if it isnt being used straight away.
(picture courtesy of Tortuguero Integrated Bird Monitoring program manual)
Tying a mist net pole seems to be taught this way across America - see this useful video from Long Point Bird Observatory.
Costa Rica Bird Observatories
and Dr C. John Ralph, Scientific advisor to CRBO, US Forest Service for their help in making this trip possible and so worthwhile.