The Kick-Net

Many professional and volunteer monitoring programs throughout the United States use a rectangular style kick-net. The reasons are simple; it is easy to use and versatile. The net shown here was designed by WV Save Our Streams and built by BioQuip. It is available for sale in their product line. This net is sold in two styles; a single pole and a knock-down that breaks apart for easier storage. BioQuip also sells two-pole kick-nets with either coarse (1 mm openings) or a variety of fine mesh sizes. Note: A kick-net is provided to certified volunteer moitoring groups as part of their biosurvey kit.


  • Biosurvey Equipment

    List of basic and optional biosurvey equipment and information about each.

  • Kick-Net Demo

    Short video that demonstrates collection and washing techniques using the single-pole net.

  • Two-Pole Kick-Net Demo

    Example video of how to use a two-pole kick-net.

  • Macroinvertebrate Video

    John Wirts discusses how WVDEP's Watershed Assessment Branch uses macroinvertebrates as their primary bioassessment tool; then, young citizen scientist demonstrates Save Our Streams collection and identification techniques.