Can't be replicated in Pennsylvania, on any large scale. Sorry I was not clear
I still must disagree with you. When we started the trap and transfer program, the area we released the birds in had as much acres in CREP as it had in the set aside years of the 60s. The main reason it did not do as well as hoped is because the grass mixture used on the CREP acres did not provide the necessary winter cover. PA had 260,000 acres of CREP and a couple of places there was a good amount of it. Ag programs come and go under different administrations.
"The wildlife and it's habitat cannot speak for itself. So we must and we will." Teddy Roosevelt
Not sure of any studies that would support that Avian Flu affected pheasants. Water fowl yes.
Mid west US birds would have been hit equally decimated.
I may be wrong and would like to see the supporting documentation.