According to a recent release by the U.S. Census Bureau, in 2006-2007
we were the 9th fastest growing community in the nation.
Chances are that not long ago the places where you live, shop, work and
play today were once home to one or more of the many animal and bird
species that call the Grand Valley area home. The wildlife habitat areas
that we manage are the direct results of a project to reduce the annual
salt load in the Colorado River. Although this project has been
successful and any lost or affected wildlife habitat has been replaced
we now face new challenges. The original wildlife habitat areas design
and annual budget is specific to the salinity project disturbance.
Therefore it did not include any estimates for future wildlife habitat
affected by the rapid growth we have been seeing and will continue to
see in this area for years to come. These wildlife habitat properties
are not mitigation for this new disturbance. However as a direct result
of this human expansion the properties are quickly becoming home to
additional wildlife. This in return is placing a serious strain on the
original designed resources.
This is why we need your help. Western Colorado Wildlife Habitat
Assn. manages over 1000 acres of wildlife habitat divided into four
properties. The DeBeque Wildlife Area is about 40 miles upstream from
the Grand Junction Wildlife Area. The Colorado River Wildlife Area and
the Orchard Mesa Wildlife Area lay in the middle. We only have two
employees and a limited budget to perform all necessary activities on
these four properties.
How can you help? We can use many talents, just to name a few
available options: Mowing with a small tractor, irrigation, build and
install bird nesting boxes, weed control, caging trees for beaver
protection, photographing and monitoring wildlife, vehicle and equipment
maintenance, volunteer for on the ground school programs and office
work. One of our biggest needs is someone (or a group) to make
informational contacts with businesses and individuals for donations and
Just tell us how you can help, we will find a place for you. As you can
see we (Western Colorado Wildlife Habitat Assn.) are working hard to
provide new and better habitat for the many displaced bird and animal
species here in the Grand Valley area. We ask you on their behalf;
please help us by volunteering, making a tax deductable donation or
simply telling others about us.
Any questions or comments? Please contact us. We are always
looking forward to opportunities to talk to you about the wildlife
Wildlife Area Manager
Western Colorado Wildlife Habitat Assn.