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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - March 6, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta 8 timbRIDCE HERALD fu.sdoy, Marck 1973- Habitat deterioriation threatens pheasants By the Fish and Wildlife Division, department of lands and forests Pheasant hunters would do well to remember and appreci- ate the tradition and splendor that this great bird brings to AJberta. Generally speaking, tlie fam- ily tree of most populations of N'orth American pheasants can be traced back to include Mon- golian, Japanese, and English pheasants, but most important of all, the Cliineje ringnecks. Since their successful intro- duction into North America late in the loth century, pheasants have prospered and provided recreation for sportsmen and nature lovers alike in areas whore other birds such as quail, passenger pigeons, prairie grouse, and in places even waterfowl, were fading from the scene. The important point is that pheasants, imlikc many of their feathered friends, had learned not only to survive, but to prosper under certain types of agricultural practices. In Alberta, pheasants have become established in the south- ern and central zones of the province since their introduc- tion in 1908. However, despite an apparent unqualified success story, wildlife managers in Al- berta are becoming concerned over the future welfare of the ringneck. The cause of their concern can be summed up deterioration. Pheasants havu prospered primarily in areas where there is a mixture of cultivated farm land, available water and es- cape cover. Such a combina- tion has traditionally been IERN COUTTS HWY., LETHBRIDGE Phone 328-9671 -CUSTOM SEMEN COUECTION, PROCESSING, FREEZING AND DISTRIBUTION -WE CONDUCT A.I. SCHOOLS invile you to loor our facifities and view our bulls firsf hand our stud near tethbridge. available througliout the irriga- tion districts in Alberta and in some of the parkland. Unfovlioatcly, however, snow depth lias been a limit- ing factor in preventing the es- tablishment of: good 'pheasant populations in most of the park- land areas. Other good habitat types (hnt house more than their share of pheasants are rivei- bottoms and brushy coulees in much of central and Southern Alberta; these areas arc particularly good when found adjiiwril co groinfields. Dscfecise An analysis of pheasant pop- ulations in Alberta indicates a downward trend in what has traditionally been our blue chip phcssntt areas in the south. One of the ways habitat is be- ing lost is simply in the creation of larger farms; this has pro- duced serious problems by re- ducing tl'c edge effect so com- mon around small, mixed farm- ing operations. C'cnsoiuratly, there are few- er fence rows, fewer brer.ks, and larger areas of monoculture. A syndrome that has hernmc known as "clean farming" has come to plague pheasants throughout much of Ihcir range in the midwest. Clean funning involves cul- tivating right up to or including road allowances, removing 5n- patches of brush, ami drainmg wetlands. PROPANE Camping Kit Complete For 69 98 PROPANE CAMPING STARTER KIT 746 This quality kit equips the weekend camper with ihe basic appliances la which you con add on laler It consists of: 2069 2 burner Slave 1-No. 2150 tantorn (equal to o 1OOW electric bulb) 8i55 Dual oullet Lamp Post 1-No. 2012 Refillable Propone Cylinder. All in a fitted carlon. Size of carlon: t, 13" H, D, 20 Ibs. Call Joe Parsons at Suburban Propane 2810-5th AVE. N., IETHBRIDGE PH. 328-6667 Spraying vegetation along Ir-ed to continue as they rigatlon canals and roadsides Bood farming technique, bit utt- with herbicides also falls .bad mw this category and reduces nest-agcmenf- is not to ing and in some cases winterpromote farming but rath- cover, drastically, ifany of these practices can be expect- Continued on Page 14 Loss of halntat Comparative photographs of Southern Alberta farm- land taken in 1955 (lap picture) and 1969. Note the dra- matic loss of pheasant habilal over 14 years as a result of brush control. IS THE TIME FOR YOU TO ORDER REPAIR REPLACE YOUR CAMPER, CAMPERETTE or INDUSTRIAL CAB Call the professionals of M.I.-Industrie 5 Phone 328-0923 LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA I ;