Ducks Unlimited recently completed project work at the Overton Wildlife Management Area (WMA) located in the Moapa Valley of Nevada. Overton WMA is part of the Lake Mead National Recreational Area owned in part by the federal government and managed by the Nevada Department of Wildlife (NDOW).
NDOW financially supported DU’s work on two hunt units through state Duck Stamp and Pittman-Robertson funds to enhance approximately 128 acres of wetlands on Overton WMA. Work completed in both the Wilson and Pintail Ponds included wetland bottom recontouring, constructing habitat islands, improving levees, and installing water control structures. This work has resulted in more uniform pond bottoms to support more, shallowly flooded conditions which is ideal for various waterfowl species and hunters. Improvements in water control structures have enhanced water delivery and drainage thereby increasing habitat management capabilities.
These improvements will allow NDOW staff to more readily conduct moist-soil management in these units to increase waterfowl food production. Overton WMA is an oasis within in the Mojave Desert, and as such supports numerous wet meadows and wetlands that provide critical habitat to waterfowl and other wetland dependent species. Waterfowl usage of the area is concentrated from fall through spring with the most common species being Northern Pintail, Green-winged Teal, Northern Shoveler, Mallard, and Gadwall.