Mourning Doves

The mourning dove call count survey (CCS) was initiated in 1966. State and federal biologists from all ten Central Flyway states conducted surveys in the morning between 20 May and 5 June counting doves on 200 fixed routes in the Central Flyway. Each route was 20 miles long and observers stopped at one-mile intervals where they counted doves seen and heard. This data was combined by the USFWS to provide an annual index to population size for the Unit. Each year, a Mourning Dove Status Report was produced that compared the current data with that from historical counts. More information is available on this web site.