The Missouri Department of Conservation is offering the public a chance to participate in research on mourning dove populations.
Each summer conservation employees trap doves and affix small identification bands. The doves are released back into the wild and band information returned by hunters and birders helps biologists monitor dove populations and migrations in Missouri and other states.
Biologists will trap and band doves at the James A. Reed Memorial Wildlife Area Monday through Friday, July 28 to Aug. 1. The trapping and banding sessions will be at 5:30 and 7:30 p.m. each day.
Space is limited to six people per session. Participants must register in advance by calling 816-622-0900. Rick Bredesen, Reed Area manager, said the sessions will give participants a chance to work closely with doves and see science-based wildlife management in action.