FWC JOINS IN THREE-YEAR MOURNING DOVE BANDING STUDY
Hunters who harvest a banded dove should call the toll-free number inscribed on the band to report the identification number on the band and the date and location of the hunt. In return, hunters can keep the band and will get a certificate of appreciation with information about that particular banded dove to commemorate the hunt.
“The hunter is a critical link in this mourning dove banding study. Reporting banded doves will help us understand the effects of annual hunting regulations on mourning dove populations and help us make good harvest management decisions,” FWC biologist Kurt Hodges said.
The objectives of the multi-state study are to determine mourning dove harvest rates, estimate annual survival, provide information on the geographical distribution of the harvest and develop and refine techniques for a future operational dove-banding program.
Mourning doves are along the most widely distributed and
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The number to call to report a banded mourning dove is 1 (800) 327-BAND (2263).
Operators are on duty 24 hours a day, Monday – Friday, during hunting seasons; otherwise During other hours, hunters may use the voice mail system. Banded birds also can be reported online at www.pwrc.usgs.gov, select “Birds,” then “Bird Banding Lab.”
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