US Fish & Wildlife Service


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Dolton, D.D. and G.W. Smith. 2000. Mourning dove breeding population status, 2000. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Laurel, Maryland. 29 pp.


This report includes Mourning Dove Call-count Survey information gathered over the last 35 years within the conterminous United States. Trends were calculated for the most recent 2- and 10-year intervals and for the entire 35-year period. Between 1999 and 2000, the average number of doves heard per route did not change significantly in the Eastern and Western Management Units. A significant decrease was detected in the Central Unit. Additionally, significant declines were indicated for doves heard over the 10 and 35-year periods in all 3 Units. In contrast, for doves seen, no trends were indicated over the 10- and 35-year periods for the Eastern and Central Units. A decline was found for both time periods in the Western Management Unit.