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Birds know spring will arrive soon

March 16, 2013
By GARRY BRANDENBURG , Times-Republican

PHEASANTS are far from going away. These hardy birds can take a lot of abuse from man or adverse weather. They do have limits however, in the form of prolonged cold wet rainy spring weather, a late winter ice storm (versus just plain snow), and a lack of upland grasses for nesting. Several of the upland areas managed by the Marshall County Conservation Board have a mix of native vegetation for permanent wildlife cover. Such sites tend to work very well for long term habitat for lots of critters including pheasants. Guidelines for planting native grasses that will stay standing throughout a winter include at least 20 percent (or more) of the mix to be switchgrass. The stems of this plant hold up well to winter's varied assaults. Beneath the leafy cover closer to the ground, wind proof hiding areas are created that are perfect for pheasants. Pheasants can easily retain body heat if they can find spots to rest that are out of the way of severe cold winds.

 
 

 

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