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

Pennsylvania Project


Characterization of habitat for pheasant in wild pheasant recovery areas of Pennsylvania

May 2014 - November 2014


Personnel

Participating Agencies

  • Pennsylvania Game Commission

Currently 4 Wild Pheasant Recovery Areas (WPRAs), with 10 study areas for pheasant research and monitoring, have been established
in Pennsylvania to investigate if the trap and transfer of wild pheasants from mid-west and western states can establish sustainable,
huntable populations of wild pheasants in Pennsylvania. The PGC has collected detailed habitat patch data that can be compared to
pheasant population densities to build a Predictive Pheasant Habitat Model (PPHM). However, the habitat patch data is not in a GIS
data base. The conversion of the habitat patch maps to a GIS, digital data base will allow robust and spatial analysis of the habitat data.
A more effective and predictive Pheasant Habitat Model can then be developed and applied across Pennsylvania. This will allow the
identification of potentially suitable pheasant habitat and identify the amount and location of habitat restoration needed to produce
sustainable and huntable pheasant populations. Project Deliverables: 1. A raster or polygon layer of habitats for each of the 160 buffered
circles with associated metadata to include latitude-longitude of sampling point, habitat category for each habitat patch to Anderson
Level IV codes or equivalent, and hectares for each habitat patch. 2. A KML file and ARC GIS Shape file for all habitat patches and
habitat circles. 3. Summary of habitat categories for all buffered circles included in the PGC Pheasant Model (developed land, cropland,
forest land, and hayland and pasture) for the 3 WPRAs provided by field operations.

Research Publications Publication Date
Williamson, L. T., W. David Walter, S. R. Klinger, and D. R. Diefenbach. 2018. Incorporating detection probability to estimate pheasant density. Journal of Wildlife Management. 82(8):1680–1688; DOI: 10.1002/jwmg.21545 | Download September 2018
Presentations Presentation Date
Williamson, L. T., D. R. Diefenbach, W. D. Walter. 2016. Modeling potential habitat for pheasant population restoration in Pennsylvania. Pennsylvania Chapter of The Wildlife Society Annual Meeting, State College, PA. April 2016
Williamson, L. T., D. R. Diefenbach, W. D. Walter. 2016. Modeling potential habitat for pheasant population restoration in Pennsylvania. The Pennsylvania Chapter of The Wildlife Society Annual Meeting, Raystown Lake, PA. April 2017
Williamson, L. T., D. R. Diefenbach, W. D. Walter. 2016. Modeling potential habitat for pheasant population restoration in Pennsylvania. The Wildlife Society Annual Meeting, Raleigh, NC. October 2016
Williamson, L. T., S. R. Klinger, D. R. Diefenbach, W. D. Walter. 2017. Density Estimation and Habitat Modeling for Pheasant Population Restoration in Pennsylvania. The Wildlife Society Annual Meeting, Albuquerque, NM. September 2017
Theses and Dissertations Publication Date
Williamson, L. T. 2017. Monitoring wild ring-necked pheasant population restoration in Pennsylvania. M.S. Thesis, Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA, USA. December 2017