Tuesday, August 19, 2014
Updated Tuesday, August 19, 2014 9:53 am
Since 2003, the SC Department of Natural Resources Wildlife Section and other partners have taken part in a long-term, multi-state banding project of mourning doves to improve information on dove life history.
PHOTO PROVIDED BY DNR
Over 35 states across the nation are participating in this landmark project, and more than 350,000 doves have been banded nation-wide since the project was initiated. Wildlife biologists use survival rates, harvest rates, recruitment rates and population trends to help guide harvest management decisions. Banding is one of the most important tools used to obtain this information.
For more information on the dove banding project, call the SC Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Small Game Project in Columbia at (803) 734-3609 or visit the Mourning Dove Research and Management page on the DNR website at http://www.dnr.sc.gov/wildlife/dove/.