Here is a brief look at some of the wildlife facilities that we work on while in the field. WSA would love to have you join us in our ventures here in North Central Washington. This is our way of giving back to the animals and their habitat.
Feeders CLICK HERE
Each year WSA Volunteers go in the field at the onset of winter to fill the supplemental upland bird feeders that are strategically placed.
In the spring WSA Volunteers do an inventory of the feed used from the winter, and document these findings. The information is used for the purchase of next year’s needs. As the snow comes off an area, WSA Volunteers close the feeders to force disbursement of the birds to start fending for themselves until the next winter.
Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife (WDFW) has two styles of feeders that are used. The traditional "A-Frame" feeder and/or the Turkey Friendly feeder…
. A-Frame Feeder
Turkey Friendly Feeder
Depending on need, feeders may have 51/2 or 11 bushels of feed.
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Springs & Catch Basins
Each spring after snow comes off and the roads dry out, WSA Volunteers go out and do maintenance on the springs to provide water to the wildlife. Each year we check the water source of each basin or spring, and make repairs if necessary.
Periodically, we will run into issues where nature has interrupted the flow of water to a catch basin and make the repair(s). There are also times that we run into damage to the piping, from the spring source to the catch basin (coyotes biting holes, larger animals crushing the water lines, or vandalism, etc.)
Each year WSA makes assessments of the facilities. If there is enough water output to an existing catch basin(s), we may add another basin into the system to generate more available water for the wildlife, which in turn may start a new young riparian area, which is huge to the habitat, and essential for all wildlife.
Spring sources can be found in the oddest places, or in the most expected. WSA will try to develop a new spring, if there is a need in the area of the new found spring source.
Some samples of what you may encounter while outdoors...
This Spring Box is the actual source of water.
It gets piped down hill to fill some type of Catch Basin.
The water leaves the source...
making its way down hill. It may travel for up to 1/2 mile before it finds it's first Catch Basin. WSA volunteers walks the lines each spring to make sure that everything is good & working to provide water for the wildlife.
Some of the water tanks drop water right into another half barrel Catch Basin so that even the smallest of wildlife have a chance at the precious water.
Quite often there is ample water to our Catch Basins so we are able to run another line further down the hill and create another water source for another group of wildlife.
You can see the importance of distributing water into multiple Catch Basins.
The new riparian areas created will benefit all the wildlife.
The Catch Basin(s) can be made of most anything that will contain water. Some of the basins are steel tanks left over from the "range days", stock tanks, and some are half barrels as illustrated above.
Note: The escapement boards are in the basins to allow even the smallest animals to utilize the water source and climb their way to safety. Most all of the larger basins have a half barrel close by to allowing water for all.
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Guzzlers CLICK HERE
Here is a unique feature… The Guzzler is a means for man to utilize nature’s moisture given to us, and contain (store) it through the dry months in an arid area. This unit will catch and store the snow that is dropped. As it starts to melt away in the spring, the melting water flows down the collectors, and then drops into an underground tank (approx 500 gal) and is stored there throughout the summer months. The lid assembly has a built-in ramp that allows small animals to follow the water level down, supplying water during the summer.
Some of the Guzzlers have a fence built around them, some do not. It depends on the area where the unit is located, whether it will be fenced. If the Guzzler is in an area that doesn’t have large animals, it’s not fenced. In an area where there are large animals, these units have fences built around them to keep the animals from breaking through the Guzzler lid and getting hurt, or even worse.
Here is an illustration of a non fenced guzzler
These are typical sights that you may encounter. If these units are clean and working (not leaking) they will serve as a water supply until the rain and snow returns to the area.
Here is an illustration of a fenced guzzler
Wenatchee Sportsmen’s Association works with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) to maintain all these different units that benefit all the wildlife, and enhance areas of habitat on the Chelan Wildlife Area and the Colockum Wildlife Area respectively.
Note: The wildlife cannot get into the tank (just the ramp) as they follow the water level down… by design.
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Wenatchee Sportsmen’s Association (WSA) works closely with the Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) with the conservation and habitat needs for the wildlife around the North Central Washington area.
The ongoing conservation work that WSA does for the fish and wildlife is largely due to the continual loss of their habitat. The supplemental feeding that takes place is done during the winter months when the snow cover has taken their feeding grounds. Once the snow is off, we close up the feeders as soon as we can, so it will encourage wildlife to disperse from the feeding areas trying to keep them from disease and easy prey for predators, prompting the wildlife to get back to their natural feeding methods and areas.
Water issues that WSA deal with… is just that. Here in North Central Washington water for the wildlife is quite a scarce commodity. We maintain the existing systems that are already established, and WSA develops new systems in areas that have no water containment available to the wildlife. The habitat work WSA does for the wildlife is in line with WDFW’s Chelan Wildlife Area and Colockum Wildlife Area wildlife management plans.
With the ever so shrinking habitat that the wildlife is faced with, WSA does what it can, in conjunction with WDFW to sustain and/or enhance what habitat is remaining.
If you would like to get out and experience the outdoors, and help us with the conservation projects for the fish and wildlife here in North Central Washington, WSA would welcome you. If you feel that you may have ideas that could help us out in our conservation and habitat projects, feel free to contact us and share your ideas.
Your interest and/or volunteering efforts are greatly appreciated…
By all the fish and wildlife
as well as
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