Since being declared the national bird of Grenada in 1991, the Grenada dove has increasingly become a focus of local attention, involving environmental education in schools and ecotourism (2). The campaign is further promoted by local artists and musicians, who have made the Grenada dove the subject of songs, colourful paintings and billboards with the intention of encouraging local participation in the protection of the dove (3). The Grenada dove also features on Grenadian stamps, reinforcing the dove’s significance as a national symbol (2).
Conservation measures for the Grenada dove have been focused on protecting the two strongholds on Grenada which this species inhabits. In 1996 a section of the Mt. Hartman Estate was made a National Park, and the Perseverance Estate became a protected area. In 1998 a recovery plan for the species was drawn up, and a four-year Dry Forest Biodiversity Conservation Project took place between 2001 and 2006. An updated ten-year recovery plan was drafted in 2008 to increase the wild population and restore the Grenada dove’s habitat (2).
A predator control programme has also been designed to protect the Grenada dove, and is monitored by the government of Grenada. The government has also announced that another national park will be made on the island for this species (2).
In order to save the extremely rare Grenada dove from extinction, more action must be taken to minimise further habitat loss, essentially by protecting the Mt. Hartman and Perseverance reserves. It would also be beneficial to restore habitat at other sites on the island, to help establish new subpopulations of the Grenada dove (2).