[Federal Register: October 31, 2005 (Volume 70, Number 209)]
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Fish and Wildlife Service

Information Collection Renewal Sent to the Office of Management 
and Budget (OMB) for Approval Under the Paperwork Reduction Act; 1018-
0010; Mourning Dove Call Count Survey

AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.

ACTION: Notice; request for comments.


SUMMARY: We (Fish and Wildlife Service) have sent a request to OMB to 
renew approval for our information collection associated with the 
mourning dove call count survey. The current OMB control number for 
this information collection is 1018-0010, which expires October 31, 
2005. We have requested that OMB renew approval of this information 
collection for a 3-year term.

DATES: You must submit comments on or before November 30, 2005.

ADDRESSES: Send your comments and suggestions on this information 
collection renewal to the Desk Officer for the Department of the 
Interior at OMB-OIRA at (202) 395-6566 (fax) or 
OIRA_DOCKET@OMB.eop.gov (e-mail). Please provide a copy of your comments to 

Hope Grey, Information Collection Clearance Officer, Fish and Wildlife 
Service, MS 222-ARLSQ, 4401 North Fairfax Drive, Arlington, VA 22203 
(mail); (703) 358-2269 (fax); or hope_grey@fws.gov (e-mail).

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: To request a copy of the information 
collection requirements, explanatory information, or related form, 
contact Hope Grey, Information Collection Clearance Officer, at the 
above addresses or by telephone at (703) 358-2482.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: OMB regulations at 5 CFR 1320, which 
implement the provisions of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 
U.S.C. 3501 et seq.), require that interested members of the public and 
affected agencies have an opportunity to comment on information 
collection and recordkeeping activities (see 5 CFR 1320.8(d)). Federal 
agencies may not conduct or sponsor and a person is not

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required to respond to a collection of information unless it displays a 
currently valid OMB control number.
    On May 12, 2005, we published in the Federal Register (70 FR 25108) 
a 60-day notice of our intent to request renewal of this information 
collection authority from OMB. In that notice, we solicited public 
comments for 60 days ending July 11, 2005. We did not receive any 
comments regarding this notice.
    The Migratory Bird Treaty Act (16 U.S.C. 703-712) and Fish and 
Wildlife Act of 1956 (16 U.S.C. 742a-754j-2) designate the Department 
of the Interior as the key agency responsible for (1) wise management 
of migratory bird populations frequenting the United States and (2) 
setting hunting regulations that allow for the well-being of migratory 
bird populations. These responsibilities dictate that we gather 
accurate data on various characteristics of migratory bird populations.
    The Mourning Dove Call Count Survey is an essential part of the 
migratory bird management program. The survey is a cooperative effort 
between the Service and State wildlife agencies, as well as local and 
tribal biologists. Each spring, State, Service, local, and tribal 
biologists conduct the survey to provide the necessary data to 
determine the population status of the mourning dove. The Service and 
the States use the survey results to (1) develop annual regulations for 
hunting mourning doves, (2) plan and evaluate dove management programs, 
and (3) provide specific information necessary for dove research. If 
this survey were not conducted, we would not be able to determine the 
population status of mourning doves prior to setting regulations.
    Title of Collection: Mourning Dove Call Count Survey.
    OMB Control Number: 1018-0010.
    Service Form Number: 3-159.
    Frequency of Collection: Annually.
    Description of Respondents: State, local, tribal, and Federal 
    Total Annual Responses: 1,062
    Total Annual Burden Hours: 2,796.6 hours. We believe 80 percent of 
the respondents will enter data electronically, with an average 
reporting burden of 2.67 hours per respondent. For all other 
respondents, we estimate the reporting burden to be 2.5 hours per 
    We invite your comments concerning this information collection on: 
(1) Whether or not the collection of information is necessary for the 
proper performance of our migratory bird management functions, 
including whether or not the information will have practical utility; 
(2) the accuracy of the agency's estimate of burden, (3) ways to 
enhance the quality, utility and clarity of the information to be 
collected; and (4) ways to minimize the burden of the collection of 
information on those who are to respond. The information collections in 
this program are part of a system of records covered by the Privacy Act 
(5 U.S.C. 552a).

    Dated: October 5, 2005.
Hope Grey,
Information Collection Clearance Officer, Fish and Wildlife Service.
[FR Doc. 05-21631 Filed 10-28-05; 8:45 am]