Capture and Transport

Published: 29 October 2021
Last edited: 29 October 2021

Using traditional nighttime techniques, BRI researchers captured chicks 5-8 weeks old from source lakes. Once chicks are in hand, a BRI attending veterinarian performs a physical examination and administers fluids to prevent dehydration during transport. 



Education, training and other capacity development activities
Technical interventions and infrastructure
Scale of implementation
Phase of solution

Enabling factors

Extensive knowledge and expertise in capturing and determining age of chicks.


Innovative techniques to transport the chicks long distances. To keep chicks calm and healthy enroute to the relocation site, BRI staff designed vented containers fitted with suspended mesh netting to protect the loon’s keel and feet and to allow excrement to fall through.

Lessons learned

The transport carriers reduce the risk of injury during long trips and help preserve feather quality. Cold packs beneath the mesh help chicks from overheating.

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