Avinet Research Supplies (ARS) is owned by the Association of Field Ornithologists and exists to serve bird and bat researchers with essential field gear. Our USA-made mist nets and custom manufactured tools for bird banding and measurement represent the core of our offerings. We serve researchers globally who advance science and conservation. Please learn more about the Association of Field Ornithologists - its mission, accomplishments, and grant opportunities. Become a member today!


Avinet, Inc. was founded in Dryden, New York in August 1987. The first owners of Avinet spearheaded the first US-made mist nets available on the market to permitted biologists, as well as providing a wide selection of equipment to field biologists, supplying to universities, federal and state wildlife offices, consultants, and more. Avinet works closely with organizations throughout Latin America and the Caribbean, and is a proud member of NASBRBat Conservation International (BCI), CIPAMEX, and the Neotropical Ornithological Society, among others. 

In November of 2016, Avinet was purchased by the non-profit member organization, Association of Field Ornithologists (AFO), and moved all business and mist net production operations from Dryden, New York, to Portland, Maine in March 2017 under the management of Biodiversity Research Institute (BRI). AFO and BRI are pleased to continue the work of Avinet, providing the highest quality mist nets and field equipment to biologists, ecologists, and "wildlifers" everywhere. 



Mission Statement

The mission of our business is to provide the bird and bat researchers with the highest quality research equipment and supplies in the world while ensuring their legal and ethical use. Our goal is to effectively serve the research community and to aid in conservation efforts that align with the mission of Association of Field Ornithologists (AFO). 


Contact Us

Our normal business hours are Monday through Friday 9am-5pm Eastern time (EST). We can be reached toll free at +1 (888) 284-6387 or locally +1 (207) 699-4418. Our email addresses are orders@avinet.com or avinet@briloon.org. You may also use our Contact Form to send us your message. We look forward to hearing from you!


Holidays 2022

We are closed:

Friday, December 31, 2021 – New Year’s Day (Observed)
Monday, January 17 – Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
Monday, February 21 – President’s Day
Monday, May 30 – Memorial Day
Monday, July 4 – Independence Day
Monday, September 5 – Labor Day
Monday, October 10 – Indigenous Peoples Day
Friday, November 11 – Veterans Day
Thursday, November 24 – Thanksgiving Day
Monday, December 26 – Christmas Day (observed)
Monday, January 2, 2023 – New Year’s Day (observed)
Any orders placed during these times will be processed and shipped next working day. Thank you for your understanding and patience.



Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express credit cards, Apple Pay, as well as purchase orders, are accepted. To submit a purchase order please email us at orders@avinet.com. We adhere to strict Net 30 terms. If you need a copy of our W-9, please send us an email to orders@avinet.com.

We welcome orders from all international customers. In the UK we are represented by NHBS, https://www.nhbs.com  We will sell directly to all other countries.


Toll Free from USA and Canada (888) 284-6387 
Local / International Phone (207) 699-4418
Fax (207) 887-7164

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