Water For Wildlife, Quail Forever style…
California’s giant Mojave Desert is unique upland bird habitat. It has everything needed to support Valley quail, Gambel’s quail and chukar, except water. High Desert Quail Forever focus is to Protect, Maintain and Enhance the habitat for Upland Game birds as well as other wildlife indigenous to the geographical area in Southern California known as the High Desert and as the East and West Mojave. These activities are coordinated and approved by California Fish and Game, Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and Quail Forever National Headquarters and accomplished with man power from volunteers and funded by donations from Individuals, Businesses, Quail Forever National Headquarters, Local and Federal Government Agencies.
What all that means is that Quail Forever needs people to help provide suitable habitat and water sources for upland game in an arid environment. Our chapter does a number of things, including repairing and maintaining water sources for upland birds in the desert. We work monthly during the non-hunting season on projects which benefit all upland birds and many species of desert wildlife. Artificial water sources, known as “guzzlers” were first built in the desert in the years following WWII, and some construction of new guzzlers continues today. Here is an abstract report of what we have accomplished over the past 8 years.
These artificial water sources used to be maintained by the California Department of Fish & Game, but in recent years, budget concerns have eliminated much of this work. Quail Forever and other conservation organizations have picked up the mission of maintaining water in the desert for all forms of wildlife. High Desert Quail Forever works in cooperation with other groups such as the Society for the Conservation of Bighorn Sheep to achieve this.
We repair and maintain the existing network of guzzlers across the Mojave – a group of water sources estimated to be in excess of 1,000. We also maintain, repair and enhance natural springs in the desert to make sure they continue to provide water for wildlife. Our Water For Wildlife program is the key to the continued success of upland game birds in the desert and local mountains. We are also taking part in a on-going study of natural water sources within the Mojave National Preserve. Here is a list of projects scheduled and completed for the previous year and projects completed and underway for the current year.
We have two work groups, One is our Weekday Group, consisting mostly of retired persons, and self-employed people who can arrange their schedule to be able to work on water projects in the middle of the week and get initial work done on water sources, and our Saturday Group, which does the finish work on the Saturday following our Chapter meeting.
To fund our Water For Wildlife program, we host an annual Sporting Clays Fun Shoot each August, and a Snake Avoidance Clinic for dogs. We also will have a annual fund-raising banquet every winter.
If you are interested in improving the quality of upland game habitat and water sources, please join Quail Forever and become a member of one of the best working groups in the desert. For more information on how to be come involved, please attend one of our meetings, held at the Apple Valley Gun Club, third Tuesday of each month, 6:30 pm.
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- 8280 5th Ave Hesperia, CA 92345-4012