except on beaches or nearby mudflats,
From the editors: Please accept our apologies,
PROBLEMS OF THE WHITE-WINGED DOVE, PART;,3
by Hank Robison
A quote from Project No, S-1599, Texas Agricultursl Experiment Station: "Thus an abundance
of birds, long season, and more generous )sag limit (25 per week, when enforced), coupled
with the exBitement of a foreign hunt, numerous favorable newspaper and magazine articles,
and advertisements by both Mexican governmental agencies and American hunt organizers
have resulted in an increasing number of U.S. citizens hunting in Mexico. In 1968, there
were more band recoveries from the Mexico Valley than from the Texas side. Out of a total
of 115 Mexican Valley recoveries, 111 were reported by hunters with U.S. addresses or by
American hunt organizers.
Wildlife Biologists believe that the White-winged Dove is in danger,
wings do we need to insure its continued existence?
How many White-
The threshold of survival of a species is not really determinable. At best we can only
estimate (guess) because of widely varying conditions,
A close relative of the White-winged Dove is no longer with us. Back in 1914 Whitmer
Stone wrote about the Passenger Pigeon in "AUK"s
"The reduction of this once abundant bird to absolute extermination by man's greed should
be a lesson to us all and stifle all opposition to the efforts now being made by national
and state governments in behalf of the conservation of other birds threatened with like
fate. What is a little loss of sport to us compared with the extinction of a wild speoies
—-something that the hand of man can never replace,"
With last years White-winged Dove season cut in half,
on the U.S. side of the Rio Grande river.
only 100,000 Whitewings were killed
The reduction of the hunting season was a commendable action on the part of the Texas
Parks and Wildlife Department, and indicates that they too, are concerned about this bird.
However, the Whitewing's bad luck continued to follow it, U.S. hunters crossed over to
the Mexico side of the Rio Grande Valley to take advantage of the Mexican liberal bag
limits, long hunting season, and not too much enforcement of game laws.
Large U.S, companies used their planes to ferry in hunting parties. Commercial organizers
staged hunts on private ranches. Carloads of hunters crossed the border to get their birds.
As the Whitewings made their flights back and forth to feeding areas across the river,
destruction was waiting for theml
We cannot depend on Mexico to provide food or nesting habitat for the Whitewing. Nor
can we hope that Mexico will protect it with strict game laws and their enforcement.
IT IS UP TO US, If the White-winged Dove is to survive, WE will have to see to it.
On a bluff overlooking the confluence of the Mississippi and Wisconsin rivers, the Wisconsin Society for Ornithology erected a nomument. The words on the attached bronze
plate ares "Dedicated to the last Wisconsin Passenger Pigeon. Shot at Babcock, Sept.
1899. This speeies became extinct through the avarice and^thoughtlessness of man."
Ladies and Gentlemen a questions
last Whit_v„in__d Dove?
Where shall we build our monument—dedicated to the
ZOO-RAISED FULVOUS TREE DUCK RECOVERED IN VERA CRUZ, MEXiqO from Edward L„ Flickinger,
Wildlife Research Biologist
Last July and September about 100 zoo-raised fulvous tree ducks were marked and released
in Texas in hopes that they would join and move with wild birds. Most apparently did,
though one joined a flock of chickens near the release point in Wharton Co. and another
joined some captive tree ducks near Lafayette, Louisiana, One band recovery was from a
bird released in September in Wharton County and shot near Katy in Waller County, Texas
on November 21. Another released at the same time was Recovered October 21 near Lerdo
de Tejada, Vera Cruz, Mexico. These recoveries indicate the release of zoo-raised tree
ducks is paying off. We are aware of only 2 other banded.fulvous tree ducks being recovered on the Gulf Coast. One of these was banded in California and recovered the following year in Texass the other was banded in Texas (Jefferson County) and recovered near