Sevilleta Drinker 2016

(After several recent trail projects, I have decided to start documenting them on my hiking blog, to help my poor brain remember what I worked on.)

The New Mexico Volunteers for the Outdoors (NMVFO), joined by the Mule Deer Foundation, assisted staff from the vast 230,000 acre Sevilleta Wildlife Refuge to build a wildlife drinker on May 7, 2016 near the Pino Mountains along the western boundary of the wilderness.

About 18 volunteers mixed concrete in wheelbarrows and spread 3 inches thick on a plastic pond barrier, then inset flat natural rocks in the concrete, and finished the rim by stacking more loose flat rocks around the edge.

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The drinker is designed to be wide enough to allow bats to skim along the surface and drink while in flight. One imagines that bears will enjoy a good soak during summer months.

If you ever have a chance to schedule a tour during the annual fall open house of the Refuge, do not miss the opportunity.  I have gone the past couple of years, and the guided tours are excellent.

 

Author: Jim, Sagebrush

Jim (trail-name Sagebrush) codes audio software for Windows, Linux, Android, and embedded systems. When not working at sagebrush.com, he enjoys backpacking, which this blog is about.