The Gratiot Conservation District (GCD) teamed up with the Ruffed Grouse Society Drummer Fund, the Michigan Dept. of Natural Resources (DNR), the American Woodcock Society, and the Andy Amman Chapter of Ruffed Grouse Society to provide funding for projects designed to revitalize the breeding habitat of American Woodcock at several site locations on GratiotSaginaw State Game Area (SGA). This project continues on previously-established sites where the (DNR) began clearing the land in 2013. The goal of the project was to increase woodcock reproduction rates by providing a large complex for optimum breeding habitat. American Woodcocks are migratory birds with restricted breeding habitat requirements to successfully reproduce. These include courtship, nesting, feeding, and roosting cover. The optimum time for work is during the winter when the ground freezes due to the wet soils inherent with woodcock habitat. The work that started in the summer of 2017 will continue as part of a larger DNR-funded Wildlife Habitat Restoration Grant and the GCD will continue applying for funding to further the work in years to come.
Pheasant Run 5K Trail Run/Walk in July 2015
The Gratiot Conservation District hosted the first annual Pheasant Run 5K Run at the Jailhouse Trail in McNabb Park in July. People came from all over the state to participate in this unique trail run to raise awareness for the Michigan Pheasant Restoration Initiative (MPRI). Look for the cool, blue shirts all over town!
Thank you to CHT Chip Timing for running the event, Hearthstone Oven Bakery and Ric’s Food Center for the refreshments, Alley-T’s for designing and printing the shirts, and thank you to all of our sponsors: Spartan Crop Insurance, Spicer Group, Sparks Pickle Company, Greater Gratiot Development, The Nature Conservancy, Alma College, Breckenridge Insurance, and Signs for the Times.
For more information, stop into the office in the USDA Service Center at 301 E. Commerce Drive in Ithaca. You can also call the office at 989-875-3900 Ext 115 or email us at GratiotConservationDistrict@gmail.com
Youth Pheasant Hunt - October 2015
On October 24, 2015 a Youth Pheasant Hunt was held as a combined effort of MPRI (Co-op), Saginaw Conservation District and with a generous $500.00 donation by Saginaw Pheasants Forever Chapter (with several other sponsors that were listed on the back of the special orange hoodies each youth received). Door Prizes were given out, there was hot cider, kids got to keep their birds and we all signed a commemorative photo board and kids wrote thank-you’s. Everybody loved it so much that we all agreed to put it on next year!! Check out pictures from the event and what Michigan United Conservation Club had to say!