Date of Award:


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Master of Science (MS)


Wildland Resources

Department name when degree awarded

Wildlife Biology


Jessop B. Low


The importance of surface water to chukar partridges (Alectoris graeca) and the feasibility of rain-catchment devices for improving chukar habitat were studied on the Thomas and Dugway Mountain Ranges in western Utah during 1969 and 1970.

Sources of surface water were removed from one mountain rang~ and chukar populations on that range were compared with populations on an adjacent range with permanent sources of water.

Providing drinking water did not improve chukar productivity, survival, or availability to hunters. Although most birds concentrated around water supplies in the summer, some chukars appeared to live completely independent of any permanent sources of surface water. Food habits of chukars near water did not differ from those in waterless areas.

It was concluded that in habitats comparable to those studied, installation of rain-catchment devices is not a feasible technique for improving chukar habitat.


This work made publicly available electronically on January 28, 2013.