CDFW Wildlife Branch 1812 9th Street
Sacramento, CA 95811
Mourning Dove Banding Program
The Mourning Dove Banding Program is a long term, nation-wide, banding study, staffed almost completely by trained and dedicated volunteers. The purpose is to estimate modern band reporting and harvest rates and is only part of a larger study designed to produce comprehensive nation-wide estimates of harvest and survival rates as input variables for population models of mourning doves on a national level.
For volunteers, it is a great opportunity to get hands-on experience with wildlife. It can also be an exciting family project for summer break as the banding study is held July 1 - August 20 each year.
As this is a federally regulated program requiring a permit, all interested volunteers should check out the volunteer requirements and references to get involved.
For additional information, please contact Karen Fothergill at Karen.Fothergill@wildlife.ca.gov