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Good News For Pheasants

By Staff | Aug 3, 2010

“At the last legislative session, a law was passed that will be a great benefit for our ground nesting birds,” according to Darrin Adams, Palo Alto County Pheasants Forever President.

Mowing roadside vegetation on the rightis-of-way or medians on any primary highway, interstate highway, or secondary road prior to July 15 is prohibited, with a few exceptions for safety and weed control. After the July 15 date, mowingand haying will be allowed, with a newpermit system on state right-of-ways.

According to Adams, Iowa has about 770,000 acres of roadsides between the state and county. This is nearly twice as many acres as in all of the public hunting areas owned by the DNR.

The  most recent research in Palo Alto and Kossuth Counties has shown that 16-percent of pheasant nests are located in the rightis-of-way. By delaying mowing until after July 15, most pheasant and sone bird nests will have hatched and the young will be able to avoid the mowers.

“This mowing restriction should be a great boost to our pheasants andother ground nesting birds that have battled adverse weather in recent years,” said Adams.

Good News For Pheasants

By Staff | Aug 3, 2010

“At the last legislative session, a law was passed that will be a great benefit for our ground nesting birds,” according to Darrin Adams, Palo Alto County Pheasants Forever President.

Mowing roadside vegetation on the rightis-of-way or medians on any primary highway, interstate highway, or secondary road prior to July 15 is prohibited, with a few exceptions for safety and weed control. After the July 15 date, mowingand haying will be allowed, with a newpermit system on state right-of-ways.

According to Adams, Iowa has about 770,000 acres of roadsides between the state and county. This is nearly twice as many acres as in all of the public hunting areas owned by the DNR.

The  most recent research in Palo Alto and Kossuth Counties has shown that 16-percent of pheasant nests are located in the rightis-of-way. By delaying mowing until after July 15, most pheasant and sone bird nests will have hatched and the young will be able to avoid the mowers.

“This mowing restriction should be a great boost to our pheasants andother ground nesting birds that have battled adverse weather in recent years,” said Adams.