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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 12-27-2013, 02:57 PM Thread Starter
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Habitat Question

I have what may be a dumb question to some. What is the correlation between pheasants and ponds/marshy land ? Why do the Land Managers go to such great lengths to ensure water bodies are available where the pheasants are ? Seems to me that we are no less likely to find birds around the water than out in the fields, except of course for when we pin them up against the water.....

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Re: Habitat Question

I don't see where they go out of their way to ensure stocking is near water bodies. I think it's more likely that gamelands & state parks all just typically have a significant water source as part of their makeup or design. Marshy areas and nearby meadows can make for good habitat too I think. All wildlife need a water source.

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Re: Habitat Question

I agree with Ryans comments. I think there just happens to be water there. Pheasants need little water and so it isn't necessary for them to have wetlands or streams nearby.

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I've seen it a lot, though. I can think of a particular Game Lands where about 15 years ago they built dams in two different fields where pheasants are stocked. They were in a place where there looked to be no running water. (They've since filled up and are ponds...) I asked the PGC guys doing the work back then and they stated that it was for habitat enhancement for pheasants. Something about the plants associated with marshy areas, etc.

I can't remember the details but I know they specifically put those ponds there for the pheasants. Wish I'd have asked more questions of them.

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Re: Habitat Question

Wetlands can provide good winter cover if it grows up in cattails. Adding water to any landscape is usually a positive for most wildlife.

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Good point Lynn. That may be what the guys I saw were getting at.

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Re: Habitat Question

It's been my experience that cattails, of course found in marshy areas, are a pheasant magnet. I know that's the case out west with wild pheasants and I'd suppose stocked birds would be drawn to them also.

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They are probably trying to grow cattails.

Cattails provide cover for many species of birds
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Re: Habitat Question

As some of you may know, We spend a great deal of time searching for some of the remaining populations of wild pheasants in Pa.and NJ.. More often than not, the ones we find are in or not far from wetlands.

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fragmite ...cattail of the slums for the high falootin...you can call it phragmite..now that's wild pheasant habitat!!

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