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Dove Banding at Aransas National Widlife Refuge
Southwest Region, September 2, 2008
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Banded Morning Dove         Jordon Harrison 08/02/2008
Banded Morning Dove Jordon Harrison 08/02/2008 - Photo Credit: n/a


This year the Aransas National Wildlife Refuge Complex in cooperation with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department took part in a summer-long dove banding project which focused on mourning doves. In North America, mourning doves are the most abundant and widely distributed game bird. In Texas, dove hunting generates an estimated $200 million, 3,775 jobs and $11 million in sales tax annually. Because of the importance of mourning doves and white-winged doves, TPWD and the Fish and Wildlife Service have implemented a banding project to examining dove population trends over time.  

Through a grant from TPWD, Aransas NWRC, along with seven other Texas refuges, were provided with training, supplies, and allowances for staff and gas mileage for the project. In a cooperative agreement, the eight participating refuges would provide supervision for a summer technician, a vehicle and support for trap maintenance. Refuge biological staff and volunteers attended training where they learned identification methods in addition to capture and banding techniques.

Contact Info: Chad Stinson, (361) 286-3559, chad_stinson@fws.gov
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