Wisconsin State Symbol of Peace - The Mourning Dove (Zenaidura macroura corolinensis linnaus) - Various individuals and organizations concerned with conservation and wildlife long sought a protected status for the dove. Concluding an effort that stretched over a decade, the mourning dove was added as Wisconsin's official symbol of peace and removed from the statutory definition of game birds in 1971 by Wisconsin Laws, Chapter 129. However, an increase in the mourning dove population led to its reinstatement as a game bird in 2001 and loss of its protected status.
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Above: Mourning Dove song "coo call" sounds.
Above: Courtship Dance of the Mourning Doves.
Above: Mourning Dove Family - Part 1 (Nesting, laying and egg care).
Above: Mourning Dove Family - Part 2 (Hatching and raising young).