Pheasant and Woodcock Habitats
In 2014, Taltree received $5,000 from BP Whiting Refinery to begin the restoration of a 30-acre parcel of land. This parcel is enrolled in the Federal Conservation Reserve Program (CRP)-part of the US Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service. Funding from BP was used to begin the restoration of a 2-acre parcel for an American Woodcock habitat and a 28-acre parcel for a Ring-Necked Pheasant habitat- both species facing severe habitat loss in northwest Indiana.
The process began in the fall of 2014 with the removal and controlled burning of invasive species such as Multiflora Rose, Autumn Olive, Asian Bittersweet, and Black Cherry. For the Woodcock habitat 1,000 trees and shrubs were planted over the 2-acre parcel including Gray & Flowering Dogwoods, Ninebark, River Birch, American Plum, Persimmon, and Serviceberry. The American Woodcock is typically found in the eastern half of North America and spends most of its time on the ground in young forest or successional habitats where they are well camouflaged.
The 28-acre Pheasant habitat was seeded with prairie grasses and plants. While strictly feeding on plant seeds, leaves, and invertebrates on the ground, Pheasants root up in the trees of the surrounding woodlands throughout the night.
This large initiative was completed by Taltree staff in partnership with Americorps National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC) members.
The entire East Property encompasses 114 acres and contains just over 2 miles of trails, all of which are now open to the public.
Taltree also received funding from the John W. Anderson Foundation to create a Children’s Map including the East Property.
Taltree’s Trumpeter Swans
Taltree’s largest birds are permanent residents. The mated pair are pinioned and cannot fly. They spend spring and summer in the wetland and winter near the Railway Garden Depot.
Taltree partnered with the Trumpeter Swan Society to assure the vitality and welfare of these great birds. For more information, visit the Trumpeter Swan Society website.