Mourning Dove Population Status Report, 2013

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Mourning Dove Population Status Report, 2013

This report summarizes information collected annually in the United States on survival, recruitment, abundance and harvest of mourning doves. We report on trends in the number of doves heard per route from the Mourning Dove Call-count Survey (CCS), doves seen per route from the CCS, birds heard and seen per route from the all-bird North American Breeding Bird Survey (BBS), and provide absolute abundance estimates based on band recovery and harvest data. Harvest and hunter participation are estimated from the Migratory Bird Harvest Information Program (HIP).  This report is the last year we report results from the CCS.  The CCS was discontinued in 2013 because the harvest strategy adopted for mourning doves in 2013 does not make use of data from the CCS, but rather relies on estimates of absolute abundance.

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Wildlife Biologist
Migratory Birds,
Webless Migratory Game Bird Program
Additional Role(s)
Webless Migratory Game Bird Biologist,
Acting Chief for the Branch of Assessment and Decision Support,
Oversees the Webless Migratory Game Bird Program,
Mourning Dove Wingbee Coordinator
Becky Rau, USFWS
Wildlife Biologist
Migratory Birds
Additional Role(s)
Data Administrator,
American Woodcock Singing-ground Survey National Coordinator,
American Woodcock Wingbee Coordinator,
Branch of Monitoring and Data Management Technical Team Member,
Migratory Bird Program Website Team Member,
Migratory Bird Program Data Management Team Member
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Type of document
Annual Report
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Subject tags
Migratory birds
Game birds
Population status
Bird banding
Work of the Service