2014 Ring-necked Pheasant Release
Ring-necked Pheasants were originally introduced to Prince Edward Island prior to the 1950's, but the species has only been able to maintain a relatively small population after an initial peak. In the winter of 2013, the SAB received multiple reports of pheasants and partridge struggling to find food during the winter, and encouraged area residents to help out. On February 22nd, the SAB partnered with the PEI Chapter of Pheasants Forever Canada, and the Governments of PEI and Nova Scotia in the release of 10 Ring-necked Pheasants into our management area to help establish a stronger population base. These birds were live-trapped in the Elmsdale and Windsor areas of Nova Scotia, where populations are much healthier. Wild birds are more well equipped to survive the harsh winter conditions of our region and are less susceptible to predation, so it is hoped that survival will be high. All birds were banded prior to their release, so if you see a banded individual please Contact Us!
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