Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Units Program: Kansas
Education, Research and Technical Assistance for Managing Our Natural Resources

Kansas Project


Ring-necked pheasant population and space use response to landscapes including spring cover crops.

September 2016 - June 2020


Personnel

Participating Agencies

  • KDWPT

Ring-necked pheasant populations are declining across the midwestern United States. Pheasant hunting is a critical contribution to economy of these areas. Developing alternative management strategies is important for management of pheasants. Use of spring cover crops can potentially benefit both pheasants and producers. This research is a collaborative effort among the Kansas Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit, Kansas Wildlife, Parks, and Tourism, and Star Seed Company.
Spring cover crops are used by pheasants, but only following the nesting season. Therefore, quality nesting cover must continue to provide if implementing this management strategy.

Presentations Presentation Date
Godar, A., A. Annis, D. Haukos, and J. Prendergast. 2018. Can you find pheasants in spring cover crops? Kansas Natural Resources Conference, Manhattan, Kansas. 2018-02-08
Godar, A., A. Annis, D. Haukos, and J. Prendergast. 2018. Cover crops: Altering an altered landscape to benefit wildlife? Annual Meeting of the Central Mountains and Plains Section of The Wildlife Society, Kearney, Nebraska. 2018-03-01
Godar, A., A. Annis, D. Haukos, and J. Prendergast. 2018. Do pheasants use spring cover crops? Midwest Fish and Wildlife Conference, Milwaukee, Wisconsin. 2018-01-30
Godar, A., A. Annis, D. Haukos, and J. Prendergast. 2018. Pheasant habitat selection: logical or mysterious. Annual Meeting of The Wildlife Society, Cleveland, Ohio. 2018-10-08
Godar, A., A. Annis, D. Haukos, and J. Prendergast. 2019. For the birds: modifying western Kansas using spring cover crops to manage for pheasants. Kansas Natural Resource Conference, Manhattan, Kansas. 2019-01-31
Godar, A., A. Annis, D. Haukos, and J. Prendergast. 2019. For the birds: modifying western Kansas using spring cover crops to manage for pheasants. Kansas Natural Resource Conference, Manhattan, Kansas. 2019-01-31
Godar, A., A. Annis, D. Haukos, and J. Prendergast. 2019. Grassland bird response to spring cover crops in an agricultural landscape. Annual Meeting of the American Ornithological Society, Anchorage, Alaska. 2019-06-14
Godar, A., A. Annis, D. Haukos, and J. Prendergast. 2019. Scale dependency: influencing pheasant populations using cover crops. Annual Meeting of The Wildlife Society, Reno, Nevada. 2019-09-30
Godar, A., A. Piernicky, D. Haukos, and J. Prendergast. 2020. Adding diversity to the landscape with spring cover crops. Kansas Natural Resource Conference, Manhattan, Kansas. 2020-01-31
Godar, A., A. Piernicky, D. Haukos, and J. Prendergast. 2020. Influence of spring cover crops on ring-necked pheasant populations in Kansas. Annual Meeting of The Wildlife Society, Louisville, Kentucky. 2020-09-30
Godar, A., A.C. Annis, D. Haukos, and J. Prendergast. 2017. Ring-necked pheasant use of spring cover crops in western Kansas. Annual conference of The Wildlife Society, Albuquerque, NM. 2017-09-21