Shark tacos, guzzler installations & pint nights
The California Chapter and BHA Pendleton AFI Club have been busy
Last month BHA Pendleton Armed Forces Initiative Club and the California Chapter combined forces demonstrating the interoperability between the Chapter and AFI Club to requisition and install four wildlife water guzzlers aboard Marine Corps Camp Pendleton. The base had lost several guzzlers over the years to various wild fires and with the continued drought forecasted, Pendleton AFI made replacing the lost guzzlers a priority. Every guzzler aboard base receives visitors and the loss of them has had an impact on wildlife, causing them to travel further in search of water during the dry season.
Through donations from members and corporate sponsors, BHA was able to purchase the guzzlers. Members of both the AFI Club and State Chapter came together to dig in and install all four guzzlers in one day. The Game Wardens added trail cameras to the guzzlers as a way to monitor effectiveness of the guzzler, but also to gather scientific data about the wildlife aboard the base. It was analysis of trail camera footage that led game wardens to deduce that Camp Pendleton's mule deer herd comprises both the Southern and California subspecies. Initial trail camera footage has shown all of the newly installed guzzlers are already receiving visits from target species.
AFI "Intro to Spearfishing" Skills Camp
Attendees were provided all necessary equipment and spent the early morning hours learning about free diving and how to employ their equipment safely and effectively. Participants were also given an extensive run-down on local fishing regulations, conservation issues surrounding particular species and how to identify target fish underwater. A huge emphasis was placed on safe diving techniques, shallow water black outs and the importance of diving with a buddy.