I would have liked to taken some pictures, but these birds would not let us get any where near them.Even the chicks would hide in less than a couple of inches of mowed grass,as soon as we stopped!
This property was no where near the WPRA,that's pretty neat!
I am seeing some birds around my place which is about 3 miles from the WPRA boundary and about six miles from any release site. They are gradually spreading out but are still most populated at the areas of first release. In the spring the roosters set up crowing areas and this disperses the roosters across the landscape. They then call hens to them which spreads out the nesting hens. They will continue to expand into available habitat. Habitat being the limiting factor. While predators play a role in the expansion process, good habitat reduces the predator effect. The better the habitat and volume of habitat, the better the predation issue will be reduced.
One of the farmers biggest concern was that I would post where his farm is,so I can't and wouldn't do that.One of the things that we found very interesting was that between this farm and the WPRA the land was mostly forested,meaning the birds had to travel through some not so ideal habitat.
Yep,I think everyone should be excited!I wish more people could understand that they can make a difference.Can you imagine if we had the number of people involved of let's say Minn..That state turned it's pheasant hunting around with the will of the people,Pa. can do the same thing.
I got another email ths week from someone who lives about 3 miles outside the WPRA. He saw 2 broods this year and he sees birds in his CREP regularly. We have no good way of tracking this but reports like this show us it is happening.
That is a question that has been asked about Pike Run for a long time. A lot of habitat work was done in the area but knowing whne you have enough can be difficult. Sometimes you have to let the birds tell you. I know that the most important part of the puzzle here is CREP lands. these are great nesting areas and Pike Run has little or no CREP. The Pike Run project was very important to the whole pheasant reintroduction program. Without the work at Pike Run, there would be no wild pheasant program in PA today. Pike Run is still being monitored and additional hens are to be radio collared this winter to learn more of their survival info. The birds are spreading out and will hopefully find areas to thrive. We are still learning but we are gaining ground.