DFG Seeks Local Volunteers for Mourning Dove Banding Program

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DFG Seeks Local Volunteers for Mourning Dove Banding ProgramThe Department of Fish and Game (DFG) is seeking volunteers in the Blythe area to participate in its Mourning Dove Banding Program.

The imprinted bands that are attached to birds’ legs are an important tool used by wildlife managers to help them evaluate mourning dove populations. Band recovery data is reported to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Bird Banding Laboratory, where it is added to a national database. Wildlife managers use this information to keep track of the species’ survival and harvest rates.

Volunteers must first complete a two-hour training course led by DFG biologists. The course will be offered locally on Thursday, June 11 at 2 p.m. at the DFG office, 17041 S. Lovekin Blvd. in Blythe. The training session will last approximately two hours, and all materials will be provided.

Around the state, 4,000 mourning doves will be captured and banded this summer as part of a comprehensive effort to ensure the continued success of this valuable migratory game bird. Volunteers are needed to apply the bands, age and sex the birds, and record and report the data.

Program participants should be over 18 and have good organizational skills and a commitment to wildlife preservation. The trapping and banding work is typically done in the early morning and late evening, but volunteers who can only work limited hours or on certain days can still be utilized and are welcome. For more detailed information about the program or to reserve a space at the training session, please contact Regina Abella at (916) 445-3728 or by e-mail at rabella [at] dfg [dot] ca [dot] gov.