[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 15 (Tuesday, January 24, 2012)]
[Pages 3490-3491]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2012-1323]



Fish and Wildlife Service

[FWS-R9-MB-2012-N017; FXMB12310900APM4]

Information Collection Request Sent to the Office of Management 
and Budget (OMB) for Approval; Mourning Dove Call Count Survey

AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.

ACTION: Notice; request for comments.


SUMMARY: We (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service) have sent an Information 
Collection Request (ICR) to OMB for review and approval. We summarize 
the ICR below and describe the nature of the collection and the 
estimated burden and

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cost. This information collection is scheduled to expire on January 31, 
2012. 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. However, under OMB regulations, we may 
continue to conduct or sponsor this information collection while it is 
pending at OMB.

DATES: You must submit comments on or before February 23, 2012.

ADDRESSES: Send your comments and suggestions on this information 
collection to the Desk Officer for the Department of the Interior at 
OMB-OIRA at (202) 395-5806 (fax) or OIRA_DOCKET@OMB.eop.gov (email). 
Please provide a copy of your comments to the Service Information 
Collection Clearance Officer, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, MS 2042-
PDM, 4401 North Fairfax Drive, Arlington, VA 22203 (mail), or 
INFOCOL@fws.gov (email). Please include ``1018-0010'' in the subject 
line of your comments.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: To request additional information 
about this ICR, contact Hope Grey at INFOCOL@fws.gov (email) or (703) 
358-2482 (telephone). You may review the ICR online at http://www.reginfo.gov. Follow the instructions to review Department of the 
Interior collections under review by OMB.

    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.
    Description of Respondents: State, local, and tribal employees.
    Respondent's Obligation: Voluntary.
    Frequency of Collection: Annually.
    Estimated Annual Number of Responses: 936.
    Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 3,417 hours. We believe 90 
percent of the respondents will enter data electronically, with an 
average reporting burden of 3 hours and 40 minutes per respondent. For 
all others, we estimate the reporting burden to be 3.5 hours per 
    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:
     Wise management of migratory bird populations frequenting 
the United States, and
     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 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 properly determine the population 
status of mourning doves prior to setting regulations. The Service and 
the States use the survey results to:
     Develop annual regulations for hunting mourning doves,
     Plan and evaluate dove management programs, and
     Provide specific information necessary for dove research.
    Comments: On June 29, 2011, we published in the Federal Register 
(76 FR 3802) a notice of our intent to request that OMB renew approval 
for this information collection. In that notice, we solicited comments 
for 60 days, ending on August 29, 2011. We did not receive any 
    We again invite comments concerning this information collection on:
     Whether or not the collection of information is necessary, 
including whether or not the information will have practical utility;
     The accuracy of our estimate of the burden for this 
collection of information;
     Ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the 
information to be collected; and
     Ways to minimize the burden of the collection of 
information on respondents.
    Comments that you submit in response to this notice are a matter of 
public record. Before including your address, phone number, email 
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 OMB in your comment to withhold your personal 
identifying information from public review, we cannot guarantee that it 
will be done.

    Dated: January 18, 2012.
Tina A. Campbell,
Chief, Division of Policy and Directives Management, U.S. Fish and 
Wildlife Service.
[FR Doc. 2012-1323 Filed 1-23-12; 8:45 am]