Pheasants Forever Nebraska

Shortgrass: Nesting Cover

$71.00 per acre

Nesting cover consists of open habitats with dense, herbaceous vegetation (grasses, legumes, and forbs) providing residual cover (last year’s growth) and ground litter. This nesting cover mix, designed for the shortgrass prairie region, features warm and cool-season grasses, in addition to 21 forb and legume species. Hens select nest sites with vegetative and structural diversity (i.e., greater forb cover and vertical density). Nesting cover must be at least 8 to 12 inches tall to provide concealment from predators and remain undisturbed during the nesting season.

*Please note that the species composition and price are subject to change depending on availability. Species substitutions may be needed at time of order. Seed mix updated 4/4/2019.


GRASSES 50% (12.823 PLS/ft2)
Blue Grama, Bad River Prairie Junegrass
Canada Wildrye Prairie Sandreed
Green Needlegrass Sand Lovegrass
Indiangrass, NEB 54 Western Wheatgrass, Barton
Little Bluestem, Camper
WILDFLOWERS 50% (12.577 PLS/ft2)
Alfalfa Rocky Mountain Bee Plant
Annual or Common Sunflower Scarlet Globemallow
Baldwin’s Ironweed Shell-leaf Penstemon
Black-eyed Susan Showy Partridgepea
Common Evening Primrose Stiff Goldenrod
Cudweed Sagewort Stiff Sunflower
Fringed Sagewort Sweetclover (yellow)
Hoary Vervain Upright Coneflower
Maximilian Sunflower Western Yarrow
Mexican Hat Wild Bergamot
Purple Prairie Clover
TOTAL: 25.400 PLS/ft2

Wildlife Cover Requirements

Cover is critical because pheasants and quail depend on a variety of cover types (nesting, brood-rearing, winter) for population growth and survival. Ideally, a mix of warm-season bunchgrasses (e.g., big bluestem, little bluestem), forbs (broadleaf plants), and legumes (clover, alfalfa) provide nest­ing and brood-rearing cover. Landowners seeking to maintain or increase pheasant and quail populations should ensure that all of the essential habitat needs (food, cover, water, space) are available and easily-accessible in close proximity. Throughout the pheasant range, nesting cover is the single most important limiting factor for populations. Thankfully, it remains one of the few factors we can directly impact through habitat management and improvements. To learn more, visit the Habitat Essentials page.

The Habitat Organization

Pheasants Forever is dedicated to the conservation of pheasants, quail and other wildlife through habitat improvements, public awareness, education, and land management policies and programs.