[Federal Register: July 24, 2008 (Volume 73, Number 143)]
[Page 43254]
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Fish and Wildlife Service

[FWS-R9-MB-2008-N0176] [91200-1231-00AP-M4]

Proposed Information Collection; OMB Control Number 1018-0010; 
Mourning Dove Call Count Survey

AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.

ACTION: Notice; request for comments.


SUMMARY: We (Fish and Wildlife Service, Service) will ask the Office of 
Management and Budget (OMB) to approve the information collection (IC) 
described below. As required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 and 
as part of our continuing efforts to reduce paperwork and respondent 
burden, we invite the general public and other Federal agencies to take 
this opportunity to comment on this IC. This IC is scheduled to expire 
on December 31, 2008. We may not conduct or sponsor and a person is not 
required to respond to a collection of information unless it displays a 
currently valid OMB control number.

DATES: You must send your comments on or before September 22, 2008.

ADDRESSES: Send your comments on the IC to Hope Grey, Information 
Collection Clearance Officer, Fish and Wildlife Service, MS 222-ARLSQ, 
4401 North Fairfax Drive, Arlington, VA 22203 (mail) or hope_
grey@fws.gov (e-mail).

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: To request additional information 
about this IC, contact Hope Grey by mail or e-mail (see ADDRESSES), or 
by telephone at (703) 358-2482.

I. Abstract
    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 primary 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 
    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 and 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. If this survey were not 
conducted, we would not be able to determine the population status of 
mourning doves prior to setting regulations. 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.
II. Data
    OMB Control Number: 1018-0010.
    Title: Mourning Dove Call Count Survey.
    Service Form Number(s): 3-159.
    Type of Request: Extension of currently approved collection.
    Affected Public: State, local, and tribal employees.
    Respondent's Obligation: Voluntary.
    Frequency of Collection: Annually.
    Estimated Annual Number of Responses: 1,062.
    Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 2,799 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 others, 
we estimate the reporting burden to be 2.5 hours per respondent.
III. Request for Comments
    We invite comments concerning this IC on:
    (1) whether or not the collection of information is necessary, 
including whether or not the information will have practical utility;
    (2) the accuracy of our estimate of the burden for this collection 
of information;
    (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 
    Comments that you submit in response to this notice are a matter of 
public record. We will include and/or summarize each comment in our 
request to OMB to approve this IC. Before including your address, phone 
number, e-mail address, or other personal identifying information in 
your comment, you should be aware that your entire comment, including 
your personal identifying information, may be made publicly available 
at any time. While you can ask us in your comment to withhold your 
personal identifying information from public review, we cannot 
guarantee that we will be able to do so.

    Dated: June 26, 2008
Hope Grey,
Information Collection Clearance Officer, Fish and Wildlife Service.
[FR Doc. E8-16899 Filed 7-23-08; 8:45 am]

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