Pheasants Forever Nebraska

Tallgrass: Nesting Cover

$80.00 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 tallgrass prairie region, features warm and cool-season grasses, in addition to 23 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 46% (9.160 PLS/ft2)
Big Bluestem, Pawnee Prairie Junegrass
Indiangrass, NEB 54 Sideoats Grama, Butte
Little Bluestem, Aldous Switchgrass, Blackwell
Prairie Dropseed Western Wheatgrass, Barton
WILDFLOWERS 54% (10.865 PLS/ft2)
Alfalfa Illinois Bundleflower
Alsike Clover Mexican Hat
Black-eyed Susan Purple Coneflower
Blanketflower (Indian Blanket) Purple Prairie Clover
Butterfly Milkweed Roundhead Lespedeza
Canada Milkvetch Shell-leaf Penstemon
Common Evening Primrose Showy Partridgepea
Common Milkweed Stiff Goldenrod
Cudweed Sagewort Upright Coneflower
Grayhead Coneflower Western Yarrow
Heath Aster Wild Bergamot
Hoary Vervain
TOTAL: 20.024 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.