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Posted: 20 May 2014 02:55 PM   [ Ignore ]
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Anyone know abot the DNR trying to get prairie chickens established here in Illinois? I think that would be a good thing.

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Posted: 20 May 2014 03:49 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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Quite a few upset taxpayers

http://www.effinghamdailynews.com/local/x1667055895/State-imports-prairie-chickens-to-Jasper-County

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Posted: 20 May 2014 04:20 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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Nothing against the chickens, but I think we need to work on restoring and taking care of what we have or what we have lost before they start another project.

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Posted: 20 May 2014 07:42 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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The prairie chicken disappeared when the prairie was plowed under.  Ringneck pheasants were introduced because it was believed that they could survive with less prairie/more cropland than the prairie chicken.  The pheasant flourished for a time, but now they are on the wane because of loss of habitat…and not an increase in prairie grasses.  What would make anyone think they could actually increase the small remnant population that IDNR has tried to protect in Jasper county?

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Posted: 20 May 2014 09:39 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]
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There was an article a couple of days ago in the Chicago tribune by John Kass questioning a $520,000 3 year program regarding introducing the prairie chicken back into Illinois.  they have supposedly flown in 100 chickens from Kansas and restocked them into Prairie Ridge State Park.  They say it costs about a $1000 bucks a bird just to fly them in.

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Posted: 20 May 2014 10:25 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 5 ]
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Posted: 20 May 2014 11:28 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 6 ]
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Don’t worry about the high priced diner, it’s going on Diners Club.

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I agree, it would be a good thing, if DNR had the money to spare.  I don’t know the particulars of the federal grants, or where the state money is coming from, but WE ARE BROKE!!!  I want to know where every penny is coming from.  Is it being taken from other wildlife funds?  BEFORE IDNR spends money trying to keep that prairie chicken sanctuary which, for over 30 years, has teetered at the brink of failure, how about hiring a turkey biologist?  How about hiring more district wildlife biologists?  At present, many district wildlife biologists are covering a dozen counties, or more!  Yet, they have the money to fly a bunch of prairie chickens to Newton, Il., and hire another over paid Chicago community organizer (read: useless political hack) as deputy director.

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Posted: 21 May 2014 10:42 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 7 ]
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Article says federal grant money was something like $330,000, Illinois kicked in $185,000 and Audobon Society kicked in $30,000.

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Posted: 21 May 2014 12:36 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 8 ]
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Thanks much, bigpond. 
OK, the state portion was $185,000.  Could that $185k have been spent elsewhere?  Improve upland habitat?  Buy some equipment for the upland program?  Hire and equip a couple of wildlife biologists?  To me, trying to rescue the prairie chicken project at Newton, to the tune of half a million dollars (or even the $185k state portion), is ludicrous when state government and IDNR are swimming in red ink.  If IDNR were not broke, broke, BROKE, I’d be a cheerleader for the project.

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Posted: 21 May 2014 01:13 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 9 ]
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So I guess these chickens are not tame birds pen raised they caught them in the wild and are releasing them that way I hope? I have released several Quail pen raised and it never works so I put more effort in making my habitat better for the wild birds.  Thx for the info love this web site.

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Posted: 21 May 2014 01:57 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 10 ]
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Yep they are wild birds caught. This spring they had 16 flights back and forth to Kansas to transport them, how many birds at a time they dont say.  they claim the reason for so many flights is that if they catch one in a breeding mode, they want to get them here ASAP.

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Posted: 21 May 2014 02:50 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 11 ]
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One of my best friends is born and raised bordering the PC ground In Jasper-2 years ago,  he drove me all around it- I asked him how many were in there- HE LAUGHED_ Said that would be Zero-But the Hawks and Owls looked healthy!

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Posted: 21 May 2014 02:54 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 12 ]
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PS: They had long ago cut down every tree and took out every fence post a predator bird could roost on!

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