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