Re: Wild Birds in Franklin WPRA
The radio collars are a certain death sentence for those hens.
Hopefully, the PGC will publish, in a timely manner, the data on how long the radio collared hens live. It may astonish those interested in the restoration project how quickly the radio collared hens die without getting the opportunity to nest.
I recall in the CS WPRA, the % of hens that survived 4 months, after release, was very poor. Only a very few hens wearing collars lived to nest.
Five point four (5.4) chicks was the last data, from the CS WPRA, I had seen on the number of chicks in a clutch with the hen. So, for every radio collared hen, the agency is eliminating the potential of 5.4 chicks.
If 1 male pheasant can breed 6 hens, it seems that trying to keep as many egg producing hens, in the flock, will increase the pheasant numbers much quicker than eliminating these very valuable egg producers.
The more chicks equal more pheasants at the flushing survey and crowing count. Better pheasant numbers will allow the Franklin WPRA to achieve it goal.
Eliminating radio collaring hens would allow more hens available to nest.