CRP/Habitat loss-Options?

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CRP/Habitat loss-Options?

Postby duckp » Sun Apr 06, 2008 8:32 am

I live in waterfowl heaven-in the middle of the Coteau plateau.The waterfowl factory of N America.A 'factory'in trouble because of CRP/habitat loss.
If you're into waterfowl,really into it,there's nothing like watching the spectacle of the spring migration.So this morning,with most of the snows north of me,I sleep in a bit but eventually get going and decide to pour a jug of coffee and take a ride to gaze at the mass migration.Even before leaving my driveway the scene starts unfolding.Every puddle,every ice free slough edge,etc full of all kinds of waterfowl-almost in the yard.I head east and an 80 of my CRP running along the road has a number of mallard pairs buzzing it looking for,anxious to start,nesting.
However,all to often in this one hour ride I'm going past plowed up CRP,fields were no nesting will take place anymore.Then I start noticing other things,the remaining CRP not only has mallards circling,gliding,and buzzing it,it has hawks doing the same.Natural,nothing new,except as you drive you notice lots of hawks over CRP and then it slowly dawns on you,of course,there are more hawks,not totally but certainly 'more'in the sense they also are concentrated.Undeniably to the detriment of nesting waterfowl.
I could go on and on about my ride and what I saw but perhaps we should discuss this part of the problem of habitat loss-predation.We all know and have read about the benefit of large grasslands(CRP)dispersing predators.We may have followed with interest the tension between certain Orgs re 'predation'reduction as a goal and solution,but now,I believe,its time to really look at this issue again.
My view is we have options here.Options we should explore and pursue.My view is we need predator reduction programs more than ever.Perhaps we can't solve the CRP loss(see my other thread though on that)but by God we can implement predation reduction programs on the remaining CRP AND on State and Federal lands if we have the WILL to do so.How about engaging private trappers?Good for them,waterfowl,and the economy overall.
Please think about this and consider contacting your friends,reps,whoever in the various Orgs and governments.Time is ticking away.Lets not keep fiddling.
Creative minds can hopefully 'see'other solutions as well.I want future generations to be able to pour a cup and get out and enjoy this spring miracle.
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Postby duckp » Mon Sep 22, 2008 8:40 am

Well no responses to this so I'll add something.
If you live here,and have had some time now to 'see' the problem.you'd appreciate it.
Hawks,skunks,coons,fox,coyotes,name it,is getting concentrated rapidly to the detriment of waterfowl and upland game.
Action will be needed.Sooner than later.As to hawks,owls,etc I doubt there ever will be the 'will' to reduce numbers but there still are things that can be done.For instance,urge a stopping of planting tall trees(ambush/blinds for birds of prey)in riparian buffers,CP 37 or 33 and so on.Just crazy to facilitate predation in programs designed,in part,to aid wildlife.
If planting yourself,at least think about it.
AND it is and will continue to worsen as more CRP goes out.Goes out BIG TIME this coming year.The answer that predators will 'eat themselves'into self control is absurd from a wildlife standpoint and please don't buy into it.Inherent in that argument is a major reduction in waterfowl and upland birds.
Verbally kick ass on Org or Dept officials any chance you get on this issue. :help: THANKS.
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Postby verg » Mon Sep 22, 2008 11:24 am

Maybe we need to give our support more to Delta Waterfowl. I used to be a member. That group is focused on predator reduction.
I see what you see too. I'm worried my son will not enjoy what I have for the past many years.
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Postby duckp » Mon Sep 22, 2008 2:15 pm

Yes Verg,I rejoined this year.They are still at it with their 'predator blocks'in NE NoDak I guess.In their last magazine I see they have a study going on 'compensatory predation'.I guess thats the theory that if you reduce mammal predators,hawks,owls etc pick up the slack and losses aren't enhanced as much or some such idea.I question that for many reasons(climbing a few trees in areas where there aren't many to check bird nests for duck remains is far fetched at best)but at least they are still on the main theme.Here ON THE LAND DAILY,EVERY DAY,we know.We see.
I wish like hell I could have videoed what we witnessed the other morning from our layout blinds in a stubble field.Two hawks patrolling a relatively small block of cover adjacent to the field.Fly,dive and then a bunch of young pheasants fly/scatter about 20 yds.Then soaring,then diving,one at a time,eventually only individual pheasants flying up,AND,the inevitable,both hawks soon nailing a young one.
You are right,we must act if your son is going to have what we did.
Take care!
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