wildlife habitat http://hppr.org en Feathers ruffled by Fed plan to save prairie chicken http://hppr.org/post/feathers-ruffled-fed-plan-save-prairie-chicken <p>It's prairie chicken mating season!</p><p>Still, it's tough being a lesser prairie chicken these days. This type of grouse once spanned an enormous area, though now they survive mainly in pockets of Oklahoma and Kansas. Their numbers are plummeting; in 2012, the population dropped by half.</p><p> Mon, 28 Apr 2014 05:00:00 +0000 Frank Morris 31061 at http://hppr.org Feathers ruffled by Fed plan to save prairie chicken Pheasants losing habitat to farmland http://hppr.org/post/pheasants-losing-habitat-farmland <p></p><p>As farmers across the Midwest have simplified the landscape and plowed up grassland to grow more corn and soybeans, habitat for pheasants, quail and other grassland birds has become increasingly scarce and their numbers are falling.</p><p>In Nebraska, wild pheasant concentrations have fallen 86 percent since their peak in the 1960s. The pheasant harvest during hunting season in Iowa is off 63 percent from the highs reached in the 1970s. In areas that used to be overrun, you’ll struggle to find a pheasant now.</p> Fri, 29 Nov 2013 06:00:59 +0000 Grant Gerlock 24838 at http://hppr.org Pheasants losing habitat to farmland Grassland Bird: Swainson's Hawk http://hppr.org/post/grassland-bird-swainsons-hawk <p></p><p>This raptor migrates from its winter home in Argentina into western North America and breeds as far north as Canada. It's fate is tied to the amount of open rangeland left in the western prairie, and lots of habitat has been lost in the 20th Century after range land was broken out and farmed. The bird helps producers by eating insects, mammals and reptiles considered by producers to be pests. Conservation Reserve Program-enrolled land provides the type of habitat the bird can thrive in. Tue, 13 Aug 2013 05:01:00 +0000 Dale Bolton 19779 at http://hppr.org Grassland Bird: Swainson's Hawk