Archive for August 15th, 2007

Dove Banding

Wednesday, August 15th, 2007

Passport to Texas from Texas Parks and Wildlife and the Wildlife Restoration Program

The mourning dove is the subject of a nationwide banding program. Small silver leg bands placed on the doves allow wildlife biologists in Texas, and elsewhere, track harvest rates of these ubiquitous birds.

We’ll also determine survival rates, where they go, when they get there, and when they leave. And all kinds of good information.

Jay Roberson is the leader of the webless migratory game bird program. The bands are packed with information.

And it has the toll free number on it that people can call. And a nine digit number and the office location of the bird banding lab in Laurel Maryland.

If you harvest a banded dove, call the number on the band.

All the work we put in on banding doves is for naught, if they’re not reported by hunters or people who find them. And, it’s very important that hunters check their birds that they bag – make sure that their birds are not banded. If they are, we ask they report the number to the toll-free number: 1-800-327-BAND.

Learn how to report a leg band at

Dove season opens September first in the North and Central Zones. Buy your license early to avoid long lines at the end of the month.

Our show receives support from the Wildlife Restoration Program…providing funding for the Private Lands and Public Hunting Programs.

For Texas Parks and Wildlife…I’m Cecilia Nasti.
Copy and paste the following link into your browser and go to the site where you can report the dove band: .