Dove banding underway to monitor populations

Special to The Highlander From June to August each year, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) staff place leg bands on thousands of mourning and whitewinged doves to monitor the factors that influence populations. Information from hunter-reported bands, or “recoveries”, provide estimates of harvest and survival rates, which are used with data from the Harvest Information Program, Parts Collection Survey and other harvest surveys to help manage populations and set annual hunting regulations. …

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