J. L. Boone, Ph.D., Ecology
Lederle, P. E., M. C. Nelson, and J. L. Boone (1997). A simple, inexpensive, and versatile research blind. North American Bird Bander, 22:18-21.

A simple, inexpensive, and versatile research blind.

Patrick E. Lederle
Department of Zoology, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI 48824

Mark C. Nelson
Michigan State University, Terrestrial Vertebrate Group, Crystal Falls, MI 49920

James L. Boone
SAIC, 1180 Town Center Drive, Las Vegas, NV 89134



We describe a research blind that is low-cost, easy to build, mass-producible, and easily modified. The blind is build from low-cost or free materials, and is easy to setup, maintain, and store. The basic design consists of a lightweight wooden frame that is covered with painted cardboard panels. It can be carried into the field and assembled quickly. The design can be sized easily or modified to fitparticular research needs. Viewing ports can be added at any time, and openings are closed easily or permanently repaired. The design proved to be durable when subjected to harsh field conditions, including wet and windy weather. This design is ideal in situations, such as research stations, were a number of blinds are needed for long-term studies.

We provide schematic construction plans and assembly tips.

Note: All distances, elevations, and other facts are approximate.
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