Enchant Project – Strong Farmlands. Thriving Habitat.
We have a long-term working relationship with a modern farm to evaluate approaches for reestablishing vibrant upland game bird densities while maintaining a profitable farming operation. We also monitor a range of non-target species to assess how these treatments impact biodiversity (amphibians and songbirds). We trial enhancements that focus on improving habitat features important for nesting, brood rearing, and winter survival of pheasants and grey partridge. This includes approaches within the crop, the juxtaposition of crops types and rotation, harvest method, field edge improvements, water management and wetlands, and trialling seed mixes important for chick survival. In 2019, we trialled a perennial seed blend that is designed to be self-sustaining, provide vertical structure, and flowering plants. We planted Roundup Ready Corn to provide escape and thermal cover but to also help control unwanted weeds. The landowner planted 8.5 km of additional shrub rows (8,525 shrubs) to increase territorial space on the farm. We seeded approximately 2,000 willow stakes around wetlands and 800 giant wild rye plugs in patches. Winter was unseasonably cold in February with a prolonged period of freezing temperatures below -20oC. The density of partridge pairs decreased slightly on the farm from 133 pairs in spring 2018 (22.4 pairs/km2) to 113 (19.0 pairs/km2) in spring 2019. Autumn partridge totals also had a slight decrease from 315 in October 2018 to 288 in 2019. Pheasant numbers increased almost threefold in 2019.
Alberta Environment and Parks, Haggins Family, Stamp Farms
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|Demonstration Farm Project – Enchant Farm Upland Restoration||2014-2015||2|
|Demonstration Farm Project - Enchant Farm Upland||2015-2016||2|
|Enchant Project – Strong Farmlands. Thriving Habitat.||2016-2017||2|
|Enchant Project – Strong Farmlands. Thriving Habitat.||2017-2018||2|
|Enchant Project – Strong Farmlands. Thriving Habitat||2018-2019||2|
|Enchant Project – Strong Farmlands. Thriving Habitat.||2019-2020||2|