AFO Avian Research Supplies

The Association of Field Ornithologists (AFO) is a membership organization dedicated to the study and conservation of birds and their natural habitats. The AFO prides itself as serving as a bridge between the professional and the amateur ornithologist. The organization's membership and governing council consist of both amateur and professional ornithologists, in recognition of the contributions that both make to ornithology.

AFO sells the highest-quality Japanese mist nets and other supplies. Cheaper mist nets can be found, but they are lower quality, and/or manufactured to supply unethical bird traders. AFO sells nets only for scientific purposes and only to individuals and institutions that are licensed to use them.

This business is run by ornithologists, for ornithologists. When you purchase from AFO, you will:

  • Help Student Research: Proceeds support research grants for students, amateurs, and Latin American ornithologists.
  • Save Money: AFO members get a 10% discount on all purchases (cost of shipping not discounted).*
If you would like more information about joining the Association of Field Ornithologists please visit or to join and receive your 10% discount today please visit the Ornithological Societies of North America website at

*Please note: for profit businesses are not eligible for the 10% discount.

Biodiversity Research Institute

Biodiversity Research Institute (BRI) is a non-profit research organization located in Portland, ME. Their mission is to assess emerging threats to wildlife and ecosystems through collaborative research, and to use scientific findings to advance environmental awareness and inform decision makers. In October 2014, a partnership between AFO and BRI was formed with BRI becoming the agent for AFO's Avian Research Supplies online store. BRI is pleased to be able to provide this important service to researchers.

For more information about BRI please visit:

Image Credit: ©Jonathan Fiely - BRI