Gallinaceous Guzzlers. Section 5.4.1, US Army Corps of Engineers Wildlife Resources Management Manual.
ARMY ENGINEER WATERWAYS EXPERIMENT STATION VICKSBURG MS ENVIRONMENTAL LAB
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This report was prepared as a guide to assist Corps biologists and resource managers in developing and implementing artificial watering systems for wildlife where water supply is a limiting factor. The gallinaceous guzzler is a permanent self-filling watering device used to improve habitat conditions for wildlife in arid and semiarid regions. The technique is appropriate for habitat management programs for game birds such as California quail Callipepla californica, Gambels quail C. gambelii, scaled quail C. squamata, chukar Alectoris chukar, ring-necked pheasant Phasianus colchicus, and mourning dove Zenaida macroura, as well as game mammels and certain nongame species. The guzzler is used extensively by the Washington State Department of Game and the US Army Engineer District, Walla Walla, and consists basically of a fiberglass cistern and a galvanized metal collecting apron. Details are given on the design, construction, installation, and maintenance of the guzzler, and specification drawings and lists of materials required are provided. Guidelines are presented on the application of guzzlers as part of a broader habitat management program in which food, cover, and water conditions are improved and properly interspersed.
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