Wetlands benefit far more than ducks
Ducks aren’t the only feathered friends benefitting from conservation partnerships in Alberta.
Recent collaborative efforts between Pheasants Forever Calgary and Ducks Unlimited Canada (DUC) are resulting in the continuation of the conservation of pheasant habitat which is also home to waterfowl and other wildlife in southeastern Alberta.
Southeastern Alberta is home to several DUC projects built in the 1950s and ’60s when the organization worked with irrigation districts to drought-proof the prairies by putting water on the land. Many of these projects now require extensive work to be maintained and operated.
In the last year, Pheasants Forever Calgary and DUC cost-shared the re-construction of three of the segments of the Circle E project, located 15 miles southwest of Bow City, Alta. This project, originally constructed in 1954, includes 32 wetland basins or 2,000 acres of wetlands situated on more than 10,000 acres of native grasslands that are surrounded by intensive irrigated cropland.
DUC and Pheasants Forever Calgary will continue to work together in 2015 to ensure these projects continue to provide productive habitant for pheasants as well as for waterfowl, wildlife and residents of southeastern Alberta.