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RE: E-M:/ RE: / Response to Dove Rally



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Enviro-Mich message from "Julie Metty Bennett" <jmettybennett@pscinc.com>
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>From MUCC's Website (www.mucc.org)

Q&A About a Mourning Dove Season for Michigan 

Q - Aren't doves songbirds? 

A - No. There are about 30 orders of birds in the world representing
over 10,000 species. Songbirds, or passerines, belong to the order
passeriformes. This group includes many families of birds including, but
not limited to, swallows, warblers, wrens, finches, larks, nuthatches,
thrushes and blackbirds. Mourning doves belong to the order
columbiformes. This group of birds includes dove and pigeon species.
Comparing the mourning dove to a songbird is like saying a whitetail
deer is a rodent. Both examples are completely different groups of
animals with many distinct characteristics and traits. 
 
 

-----Original Message-----
From: Rane Curl [mailto:ranecurl@engin.umich.edu]
Sent: Thursday, October 30, 2003 3:18 PM
To: enviro-mich
Subject: RE: E-M:/ RE: / Response to Dove Rally


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Enviro-Mich message from Rane Curl <ranecurl@engin.umich.edu>
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On Thu, 30 Oct 2003, Wil Cwikiel wrote:

...snip...
> From my perspective (i.e., focus on protecting the environment), dove
> hunting would have no adverse impacts on populations or ecosystems.
> Accordingly, I've always had a problem with understanding the
opposition
> to a dove season in Michigan.  So please educate me.

It is really very simple. The mourning dove is a songbird, and people do
not think songbirds should be gamebirds. If you understand why songbirds
are protected, you have the answer to your question.

--Rane L Curl




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