A Shared Vision
More then thirty-five years ago on the wide open plains of Wyoming a shared vision was born – how to preserve, protect and benefit the pronghorn antelope. The answer was, Water.
Since the inception of Water for Wildlife on May 1, 1975, the scope of the original vision has expanded to provide the most vital resource to animal species inhabiting the areas from Kansas to California. Each water project is uniquely designed to take maximum advantage of location, conditions and topography!Sustaining Species and Habitats
Across the west, native species and their habitats have been adversely affected by years of drought conditions and the vast nature of these environments. By providing permanent supplemental water sources to specific areas, Water for Wildlife works to preserve the diversity and health of these important wild species and habitats. While Water for Wildlife has successfully improved the distribution of antelope herds and all-important fawn survival rates, various projects have also benefited elk, mule deer, wild horses, grouse, raptors, songbirds and many other native species.A Cooperative Mission of Conservation
Close cooperation with State Game & Fish Departments, Bureau of Land Management and other state and federal agencies ensure placements for Water for Wildlife projects. These agencies with the help of wildlife biologists and other professionals have assisted Water for Wildlife develop over 400 supplemental watersources throughout the west. Through the careful placement, management and upkeep of guzzlers, Water for Wildlife has helped hundreds of wild species survive and improve theirnatural habitats. Water, or the lack of it, is the limiting resource in much of the arid West. The amount, availability and the presence of potable water may increase the carrying capacity of land simply by allowing wildlife to use previously uninhabitable areas. Water is also necessary for wetlands and riparian communities which support the greatest variety of wildlife in the West.
The Water for Wildlife Program includes in its funding, research projects such as the current studies on the endangered Sonoran Pronghorn Antelope in Arizona and BYU Guidelines for Effective Placement and Use of Wildlife Water Developments by Randy Larsen.
How Projects are Developed
- Projects can be developed from many different water sources:
- Wells to be developed, already drilled and capped by B.L.M.
- Improving natural springs or artesian wells through the construction of underground storage facilities.
- Construction of Guzzlers to trap and store available water shed from snow melts and rain.
- Restore Slough and Marshland habitats.
- Windmill Stock Tank Overflow Pond Construction or Reconstruction.
- Improving wildlife vegetation around pre-existing water sources.
- Water discovered by energy companies while drilling for resources.