About Water for Wildlife
Water for Wildlife is a conservation program designed to benefit our nation’s wildlife. Our initial emphasis focuses on antelope preservation and management through the development of supplemental water resources in selected areas where both the habitat and wildlife are being impaired by lack of this vital resource.
The State Game and Fish Department and the Bureau of Land Management cooperate jointly with Water for Wildlife in the creation and development of this unique conservation program.
The antelope herds, as well as, other big game herds of the United States are dependent on their habitat for water, feed, and cover. This conservation project provides additional water sources for wildlife. With the help of generous donations, over 450 water facilities have already been developed and maintained in eleven states. In addition, the future for all non-game animals, songbirds, raptors and waterfowl, as well as, domestic livestock will be assured. Our goal is to benefit our wildlife and environment in arid regions of the West. We wish to create awareness for the public and private segments of our society.
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 water sources throughout the west. Through the careful placement, management and upkeep of guzzlers, Water for Wildlife has helped hundreds of wild species survive and improve their natural 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.
For more information on Water for Wildlife, please visit their website at https://www.waterforwildlife.org