Dakota Uplander: Rain Needed for Brood Forage, Cover


May 24, 2021

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Dry conditions may hinder insect populations, which serve as a primary food source for upland bird chicks, like these young pheasants following their mother. Light to moderate rains over the next few weeks would help increase the insect forage necessary for better survival after the hatch.

North Dakota's upland bird populations came out of the mild winter relatively well. With above average temperatures from December to March, and below average snowfall, sharptailed grouse and ring-necked pheasants made it to spring with no significant mortality, according to RJ Gross, Upland Game Biologist with the North Dakota Game & Fish Department (NDG&F). However, the lack of meltwater...

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