Photography courtesy of Lowell Washburn, all rights reserved.
The results of the 2013 Mourning Dove Call Count have been released. The annual dove report is compiled by personnel with the Iowa DNR’s Upland Game Program in cooperation with the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service’s Office of Migratory Bird Management. This year, surveyors reported a 0.9 percent decrease in the number of doves heard; and a 0.4 percent decrease in the number of birds observed. The less than one percent decreases are, of course, statistically insignificant — Iowa’s dove population has remained stable during 2013. Depending on developing weather conditions, Iowans should be looking forward to another year of fast gunning and exquisite dining.