with an objective to improve wildlife populations can spend
hours and thousands of dollars improving vegetation.Food and cover are two sides of the habitat triangle.The third side of the triangle is water.
Without available water, the best food
and cover will not support wildlife.
Supplemental water can entice wildlife
to use new areas and be used to more evenly distribute
animals across landscapes.During drought, areas that provided natural water may
dry up and will not be used by wildlife. Land managers can
protect their wildlife habitat investment by providing
supplemental water designed to mimic or augment natural
Some of those folks that think surface water doesn't help
quail - don't believe that quail and turkeys get their
feathers wet and go back to their nests.....maybe because
they have never seen them do it. :)) You bet! If it's
available, they surely will. When it's dry and native
foods have low moisture content especially.
We installed about 20 concrete dish quail waterings with
dripping faucets on about 3,000 acres of prime quail
habitat at San Pedro Ranch in Dimmit County in the spring of
1987. That was a boom quail year. By August it was dry...and
getting dryer. Late pm in August it was not unusual to
find 2-4 coveys at each watering. Blues will drink too if
water is available.
Mule Deer at drinker
Bobcat leaving drinker
All photos taken by various brands of Game Cameras.
Will you share this water hole with me?
Bear taking a bath!
I always wondered what the New Mexico Habitat Stamp fees
were used for. Now I know. The funds are
actually used to develop and improve wildlife habitat.
Thank you, New Mexico!