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 kikc-net is provided to certified volunteer moitoring groups as part of their biosurvey kit. 
Click-Here to watch a short video that demonstrates collection and washing techniques using the single-pole net, and learn even more from the macroinvertebrate video below. The next three links examples of how to use a two-pole kick-net: PA Extension-VA Save Our Streams-IWLA Save Our Streams.

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.