Dearl Sanders, Reed, Donald P., Morgan, Johnny W. | 4/19/2005 10:29:00 PM
The LSU AgCenter will host a workshop on managing of mourning doves in Louisiana Aug. 28.
Sponsored in cooperation with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, the field day/workshop will be held at the LSU AgCenter’s Idlewild Research Station located just south of Clinton on Highway 67.
Dr. Dearl Sanders, resident director at the Idlewild Research Station, said this is an opportunity for hunters and others to learn about land management and laws concerning feed plots.
"Mourning doves are such common birds in many agricultural areas that it’s easy to assume they are abundant everywhere," Sanders said, explaining, however, that like all wildlife, their success is tied directly to land management activities that favor their needs.
LSU AgCenter wildlife expert and associate professor Dr. Don Reed said some of the presentations during the field day will include a report on the status of doves in Louisiana from Dr. Mike Olinde, biologist and program manager with the state Department of Wildlife and Fisheries; information on managing small grain plantings and native grass plantings from Sanders and Reed; and details about the legality of planting and manipulating crops where dove hunting is involved from Phillip Siragusa of the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Fish and Wildlife Service and Major Keith LaCaze of the state Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.
The half-day workshop will begin with registration at 8 a.m. and a welcome at 8:30. It will conclude with lunch at 11:30 a.m.
There is no fee for participating in the field day or for lunch, but participants are asked to pre-register, so meal plans can be made. To obtain additional information or to pre-register, phone the Idlewild Research Station at (225) 683-5848.
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