Minnesota DNR Wildlife researchers are in the process of gathering data and studying nesting habits of ring-necked pheasants in southwest Minnesota to find out what makes a successful hatch.
Southern region farmland wildlife population group researcher Lindsey Messinger says the study can help state land managers plant grass and flower mixes that help more than just pheasants.
“It has implications for other wildlife as well. So if we have good pheasant reproduction, we have good pheasant numbers in an area, the opportunity for hunters is there as well.”
Researchers are using radio collars to locate nesting pheasant hens and study the surrounding habitat.
The DNR says they hope the study will also benefit waterfowl, songbirds, pollinators and hundreds of grassland-dependent species.