California Department of Fish and Wildlife

Mourning Dove Banding Program - Volunteer Requirements

Mourning Dove Banding Program

In order to participate in the Mourning Dove Banding Program volunteers must:

  • Be comfortable and confident handling live birds.
  • Attend an annual, mandatory training between March 1 and June 1 (contact volunteer coordinator for times and locations).
  • Pass a skills evaluation exam.
  • Be able to dedicate a substantial amount of time to maintain trapping sites and to trap doves (June 1 - August 20).
  • Be willing to work in a group at a designated location.

References for Volunteers