Dove Field Day Set for Aug. 20 in Alexandria

John Barry Crain, Reed, Donald P., Chaney, John A.  |  8/9/2005 6:45:54 PM

News Release Distributed 08/04/05

The LSU AgCenter will host a field day on managing mourning doves in Louisiana on Aug. 20 at the Dean Lee Research & Extension Center near Alexandria.

“This is an opportunity for hunters, farmers, landowners and others to learn about land management and laws regulating food plots,” said LSU AgCenter forestry and wildlife specialist Dr. Don Reed.

Reed said participants will rotate through concurrent sessions covering the status of doves in Louisiana, managing plantings of grain and grasses, legal issues of planting and manipulating crops to attract doves, and the establishment and management of native grasses to maintain dove populations.

“The unique combination of row crop diversity and pasture grasses at Dean Lee Research Station attracts doves to the station,” said LSU AgCenter area forestry and wildlife agent Barry Crain. “Plantings of millet, grain sorghum, sunflower and native grasses provide a diverse food source to attract and maintain dove populations.”

In addition to Reed and Crain, presenters will include Roy Vidrine with the LSU AgCenter, Mike Olinde and Lt. Colonel Keith LaCaze with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, Philip Siragusa with the U.S. Department of Interior, Fish and Wildlife Service and John Pitre and Scott Edwards with the Natural Resource Conservation Service.

The field day will begin with registration at 8 a.m. and conclude with lunch at 11:30 a.m.

Registration for the field day is $15 if paid by Aug. 19 or $25 on the day of the event.

For more information on the field day, contact Barry Crain at (318) 767-3968 or bcrain@agcenter.lsu.edu.

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Contacts:
Barry Crain at (318) 767-3968 or bcrain@agcenter.lsu.edu
Don Reed at (225) 683-5848 or dreed@agcenter.lsu.edu
Writer:
John Chaney at (318) 473-6589 or jchaney@agcenter.lsu.edu

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