Spring habitat work

remy3424

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A week ago we burned 50 acres of CRP, this Saturday I fertilized around 1500 trees and shrubs.

Saw one strange thing, while fertilizing a row of wild plums, I noticed a pheasant egg laying in the open. It was fresh. I am thinking that maybe with the wild early temp swings we have had, maybe some of the hens' cycles are off...not sure if that is activated by temps or hours of daylight. Seems just a little early for NW Iowa.

I rarely run across unhatched eggs in nests, but see many "hatched" nests.

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Golden Hour

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Hens actually dump an egg a day for a week or two leading up the making their legitimate nest. I'd guess you found one of those.

Kudos on working on your projects. I've got some trees to plant and was just thinking its about that time of year!!
 
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Prairie Drifter

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I've only gotten 2 burns done so far this spring. It's either been high winds or low humidity this spring. I have also missed about 3 good burn days because I could not get help. I got the east end of the lake dam planted to native grass where we took the trees and brush off of it. I still have a marsh dike and 2 stretches of spoils from cleaning out 2 canals that I will need to plant. One of those has Reed Canary on it, so I will spray it first. I still have about 6-8 burns I wanted to do, but may shove more of those into the summer or push them back a year. Had the lake dam inspection Monday. Passed it with flying colors! I've been trying to hire seasonal help for 3 months. No luck there. We will start preparing summer fire breaks soon and we are cutting trees (elms, locust, cedars) when we can work it in. I expect we will start treating multi-flora rose, Johnson grass, and Sericea Lespedeza soon as well. I have the contract tree cutter in trying to eliminate some elm seed sources. I also have the heavy equipment crew working getting some rip rap on marsh dikes and pond dams where Mr. beaver has been naughty! I have about 3 miles of fence to build and a bunch of barricade posts to set to keep folks off of the dam. I'll wait until after July 1 to start upgrading some roads! I have gotten the marshes mostly dewatered as far as we can get them. Could use some rain!!!!
 

remy3424

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PD, you are a busy beaver yourself!!! I need to replace a few spruce trees that the deer have mistreated, should have done it already, think I will just use ditch cedars as the deer don't seem to mess with them as much.
 

McFarmer

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I haven’t been able to find anyone to burn our CRP. Seems everyone wants to do nice 80s or quarters surrounded by crop land rather than the hard to burn places.

Cant blame them, the money is the same.
 

McFarmer

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Are you a PF guy? They would likely get a crew out to help. Where are you located?
NW Iowa. The first outfit I contacted looked at it and said no thanks. The local fire department does burns but they won’t after May first and they were booked solid up until then.

I‘ll get on their list next year. The big problem is both pieces butt up against state land and are cattails, no way to mow around them. Last time I burned the DNR burned theirs with me.
 

Prairie Drifter

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PD, you are a busy beaver yourself!!! I need to replace a few spruce trees that the deer have mistreated, should have done it already, think I will just use ditch cedars as the deer don't seem to mess with them as much.
The list never seems to get shorter. You get one thing done and driving home think up 5 more things that need done. Supposed to find out soon if we were accepted for a NAWCA grant. If we get that, I'll get busy in a whole new direction.
 

Prairie Drifter

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Here are a few thousand words! Seeding the dam, the dike repair, some new members of the goose lodge, a mink I flushed on one of the marsh dikes, and white-faced ibis enjoying the dewatering marsh! There is also one of the respect the area gets from some of the locals! Dam Seeding.jpgDike repair.jpgGoslings.jpgMink.jpgRespect.jpgWhite Faced Ibis.jpg
 
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