Presentation on theme: "Wild Pheasant Reintroduction Into Central Pennsylvania CREP Why try to reintroduce wild pheasants in PA? Why in Central PA? Why now?"— Presentation transcript:
Wild Pheasant Reintroduction Into Central Pennsylvania CREP Why try to reintroduce wild pheasants in PA? Why in Central PA? Why now?
Why Wild Pheasants? Why spend thousands of dollars to bring in wild pheasants from South Dakota? Hasn’t the Game Commission been releasing pheasants for years?
Wild Pheasants Vs. Game Farm SD biologist Tony Leif’s hen study in SD week old young pheasants produced per 100 hens Game Farm Hens -16 Wild Hens- 169
Why Central PA? Montour County Acres in soil bank 1964= 6,819 Acres in CREP and CRP 2008= 7,609
Historical Class 1 Pheasant Range In Red
CREP Harvested Corn Dilution Is The Solution
Wild Pheasant Releases Over 900 wild pheasants from Montana and South Dakota have been released in the reintroduction area. The average rooster to hen ratio is about 1:5.
Results from the First Two Years We are using flushing surveys and spring crowing counts to monitor survival. Early results cause us to be optimistic. Flushing Surveys birds total birds total Spring Crowing Count Route Through Release Area 2006 – 1 Rooster (before start of program) Roosters Roosters Roosters These surveys and crowing route only measure a part of the release area.
Why Now? CREP is a 10 or 15 year agricultural conservation program that started in 2000 providing thousands of acres of nesting cover. Success of this wild pheasant program can be used to renew current contracts and expand additional CREP programs. Many other threatened or endangered grassland wildlife benefits from this program. It is imperative that these CREP programs be continued or the plan will fail in the future.
What Do We Expect To Get Out Of All This? MORE!