Arapuka Bird Trap With Ted Baird

Arapuka Bird Trap With Ted Baird

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My brother Ted and I went out into the bush to practice making a couple primitive traps. In this video, my brother builds what we’ve seen called an Arapuka Bird Trap. The trap as seen here has South American origins and is documented as being created by the Guarani, but it is likely that similar devices have been used to catch birds in many other areas. Ted actually used cage traps to catch squirrels and birds as a kid. It’s a humane trap as it does not hurt the animal, and the animal can be safely released afterwards. I am not sure of legality of using it in all areas though.
This trap can be easily made with just the items you find or make in the forest.

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Jim Baird is an Adventurer, videographer, writer, photographer, and talent. His previous rolls include extensive work with a map company as well as guiding and prospecting. Jim has shot video for Cineflix productions, BBC Worldwide, 13 Minds, and The Weather Network US. He's produced video series such as “The Kesagami River Solo” and “Lessons From The Trail with Jim Baird”. Jim’s content has also appeared in print for several publications that include Explore, Canoeroots, Real Fishing, Ontario Out of Doors, Outdoor Canada, Canoe & Kayak, and Field & Stream magazines. Jim is an expert woodsman, white-water canoeist, survivalist, and a bold wilderness navigator. His expedition experience includes a solo trip down the canoe eating rapids of the Kesagami and then along the tempestuous James Bay coat, an 800-mile snowmobile expedition across the Northwest Passage, 300miles above the Arctic Circle. A month long descent of the Northwest Territories Kuujjua River in the Arctic Archipelago, followed by 120-kilometers of paddling on the Arctic Ocean. He's also completed a 33-day canoe expedition via four rivers including the Adlatok in northern Quebec and Labrador.