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A History of the Pheasant in the Okanagan Region of Southern British Columbia Spalding, D.J.
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Abstract: The ring-necked pheasant introduced in the Okanagan Valley about 1910, increased to a peak population in the mid 1940s. The population dropped drastically from about 1947 until the early 1950s; then slowly increased to 1961. From 1962 to the present the population has been decreasing. The population decline of the 1940s has never been adequately explained although the severe winters of 1948-49 and 1949-50 probably magnified the loss of the birds. The decline since 1962 resulted from rapid habitat changes occurring on agricultural land essential for pheasant survival. Nearly 50,000 ha of agricultural land have been lost, much going to housing developments, roads and industry created by the nearly 120,000 people living in the Okanagan. The loss of agricultural land has been amplified by a reduction in cereal and grain crops, an increase in hay and forage crops and intensive cultivation of the 14,000 ha of orchard. Pesticides, herbicides and sprinkler irrigation have placed further stresses upon the pheasant. Th
 
Spalding, D.J., Stoneberg, R.P.. 1981. A History of the Pheasant in the Okanagan Region of Southern British Columbia. Ministry of Environment. Report. R4
 
Topic: Conservation + Mgmt (Wildlife, Fish, Plant)
Keywords: habitat, , pesticides, herbicides, irrigation, agriculture, hunter harvest, Okanagan, Phasianus colchicus, population trends, ring-necked pheasant
ISSN: 0701-581X Scientific Name: 
ISBN: 0-7719-8849-4 English Name: 
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