Commonly Asked Questions.

What is the symbolism associated with a dove?
Peace on earth, love, hope, joy comfort, faith, perseverance and strength, grace, purity, praise, goodwill to all, new beginning, unity, wealth, wisdom, honor, glory, fidelity. I'm sure there are other symbolisms associated with the doves. When you think of something perfect, a white dove comes to mind.

What will happen to the doves after they're released?
They will circle until they get their bearings and then they will fly back to their home in Alexandria. We don't release any bird that hasn't been trained to fly the distance home.

How do they know to return home?
Rock doves have been studied for many years. It is said they navigate by being able to sense the earth's magnetic field. They also have very good eyesight and can see for miles. The birds cannot do this alone, a professional handler needs to train the doves slowly to enhance their natural homing ability.

What happens to the doves if they get lost?
This is the most important question of all! We have ID bands on all of our doves. This makes it easier to locate us in case a bird goes down. We will come and pick up our bird and bring it home to safety.

How long will it take them to fly home?
The average time is 40 miles within an hour depending on the weather conditions. They usually fly nonstop until they get home.

Will you release the doves at night?
We have to allow them enough time to fly home safely before dark. The doves can't see very well at night and they are open to birds of prey such as owls.

Can I release a dove that I bought from a pet store?
NO! please don't try it. The small white ring neck doves make a great pet, but they don't have the homing instinct. Releasing them would be cruel. They will fly to the nearest bush or tree and will stay there until they are rescued or fall prey to predators.

What if it rains the day of my event?
You can still have the beauty of doves for your event or we will give you a full refund. We don't release the doves in bad weather; a sprinkle is OK, but not a heavy downpour.
We offer a full refund if the weather conditions are unsafe for the release.
We don't release the doves near or after dark. Please check the sunrise, sunset calendar before planning your event.