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August / September 2017 issue page 16


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Missouri
MDC BIOLOGISTS TRAP AND BAND MOURNING DOVES IN ST. LOUIS COUNTY TO AID MANAGEMENT
Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) wildlife biologists are adorning mourning doves (Zenaida macroura) with new jewelry this month in north St. Louis County.  In exchange for the glittering gifts, the birds are providing MDC with valuable information that biologists can use to help monitor their populations.
Mourning doves are easy to identify from their rounded heads, thin, pointed beaks, smooth breasts and grey-brown plumage marked by black spots along their wings. Their gentile, plaintive cooing is a common sound in the places statewide they call home—from open fields to suburban backyards.
The birds are also popular among hunters during dove hunting season, which runs from Sept. 1 to Nov. 29 in Missouri.
But on this morning in early July their only pursuers were the MDC biologists conducting annual trapping and banding.  According to MDC Wildlife Biologist Jessi Tapp, the month of July is good timing because the birds begin congregating this time of year, making

 

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