Ringnecks invade the U.S.
I didn't want to sway another open thread, so I'll start this'n.
The Interweb states Ringnecks were imported to the U.S. from China, in 1881. They landed in, or were shipped to, Oregon. SIXTY ONE (61) of them, not 10's of thousands.
It also states that some were purchased from English gamekeepers, and released in Pennsylvania, in Lehigh and Northampton counties, in the 1890's ?
So, how did Pheasants seem to proliferate in the early 1900's, yet can't now ? I'm talking about here in SW PA, also. Not just the vast and wide large Amish farms of SE PA. I would think much of Western, PA was sylvan back then, with farmsteads being dotted a bit here and there. And I'm sure there wasn't Switchgrass, and Big Bluestem varieties being planted, etc... So, what was the key yo getting them established ? I mean, by the 60's/70's/80/s, all birds here were established via PGC game farms. So, what was the difference ? Farmers and/or hunters readily killed avian predators ? The fact that the game farms (PGC), actually disperse the birds widely, stocking them on many farmsteads, instead of just Gameland settings ?
The PGC site states that Pheasants were distributed heavily, to cooperators, from the 1930's, until the program was discontinued in the 70's ? Could it be that the coop program had much to do with the success and proliferation of farm raised Pheasants ?
I mean, these birds succeeded in western, PA, and established wild populations on their own, and it all stemmed from farm raised stocked birds. The habitat here in western, pa hasn't changed all that much for the worse, when it comes to bird habitat. I'm seriously thinking that the wide dispersal of the birds from the coop program, may have had an enormous positive impact on them being able to thrive....... along with more control over avian preds of course.