Kids Wood Duck Coloring Contest

Calling all kids! We have kicked off our Kids Coloring Contest! Bring your creativity and dive into our contest where we are honoring our 1 millionth wood duck hatching this year. Sherrie Russell Meline is the artist behind the coloring picture and it has been used as our recent magazine cover!
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Construction has started with the removal of salt cedar and water control structures at the Imperial Wildlife Area Wister Unit 312 A-C

CWA’s efforts will help to improve habitat conditions for fall and into the future with better management capabilities, all funded by the Wildlife Conservation Board.

A closer look at California Forever

Should a new city of 400,000 residents be built on the western edge of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta?
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2024 CWA End of Season Survey

Welcome to the 2024 CWA End of Season Survey. You may notice that we reduced the number of questions significantly for this year’s survey to focus only on waterfowl seasons and bag limit issues
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Dennis Raveling winners named

It is official! We have the Dennis Raveling winners named. First place is Lindsay Carlson with the $4,000 prize and second place is Shannon Stemaly with the $2,000 prize. Congratulations to you both!
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2023 Waterfowler's Hall of Fame

These are the leaders in biology, conservation, lawmaking and art the California Fish and Game Commission honored in 2023.
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Spring issue on its way to members

March 1, 2024 — The Spring issue of California Waterfowl has begun landing in members’ mailboxes.
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Jake Messerli named CEO of California Waterfowl Association

With a passion for conservation and expertise in fundraising, strategic partnerships, and operational leadership, Messerli brings the right skillset to grow the organization. California Waterfowl Association (CWA) is pleased to announce the appointment of Jake Messerli as the organization's new chief executive officer. Messerli will be succeeding John Carlson Jr., who is retiring in August after nearly 14 years of dedicated service to the organization.
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Turkey & Pig Hunt opportunities coming mid-February

Cal Waterfowl's hunt program will be offering a bunch of new hunting opportunities for the spring. Mid-February is when these hunts will drop. All hunting application deadlines are 2 weeks prior to the hunt date.
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Who Gets Grandma’s Yellow Pie Plate? – or Grandpa’s watch or shotguns? Transferring non-titled property.

Thankfully, there are positive ways to transfer non-titled property. Non-titled property includes dishes, artwork, tools, books, collections, fly rods, guns, jewelry, etc. The owner is not identified with a written document.
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CWA on location at 2024 SHOT Show

CWA representatives were on hand for the 2024 SHOT Show to meet with corporate partners, meet with prospective new brands, and to represent CWA's Veteran Hunt Program with Realtree™
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Governor Appoints New Member to California Fish and Game Commission

Amongst many other responsibilities, the 5-member Commission approves annual waterfowl seasons and bag limits, other hunting regulations and the allowable uses for the Department of Fish and Wildlife’s State Wildlife Areas.
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Special Youth Hunt days were a huge success!

While duck season was not a great season for most hunters this 2023-2024 season, the youth hunt was quite the opposite.
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CWA Wetlands team started a 500 acre project adjacent to the Colorado River near Blyth California

California Waterfowl through funding by the WIldlife Conservation Board started construction just after the first of the year on a 500 acre project that will be improving 60 acres of seasonal wetland habitat and 440 acres of irrigated food plot habitat adjacent to the Colorado River near Blyth California. 
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Groundwater Pumping Exemption Bill for Wetlands Clears Assembly

In January, Assembly Bill 828 (Connolly), which would provide a 3-year exemption for managed wetlands from much of the implementation of the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA), passed the floor of the State Assembly and will next be heard in the State Senate. 
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Recent Work at Grizzly Island Wildlife Area Update

Summer and Fall work were quite productive at Grizzly Island Wildlife Area. Interior and exterior levee repair was a focus as well as replacing and repairing multiple drain pumps facilitating increased circulation and faster drainage which is imperative to management in brackish marshes
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CWA Advocacy update - H.R. 6854 Introduced

California Waterfowl has joined with our partners at Delta Waterfowl and Ducks Unlimited to support federal legislation that would provide critical breeding habitat for waterfowl both in California and the Prairie Pothole Region of the Upper Midwest.
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CWA traveled this week to San Diego for the CA Fish and Game Commission meeting

CWA went to San Diego and spoke with CA Fish and Game on a number of key advocacy focused initiatives and programs. Topics discussed on site ranged from securing additional support for water rights for Klamath to adding a new Wildlife Area in El Dorado County and much more.

California rice producer teams up with CWA to save ducks

Read about Lundberg Family Farms' commitment to regenerative organic farming practices that help save ducks in fields.

2023 Camp Sprig is in the books

This past November CWA hosted another very successful Camp Sprig at the incredible Bird Haven Ranch! We hosted 13 happy newer hunters out into the marsh.
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9th Annual Owens River Clean Up

The 9th Annual Owens River Clean Up hosted by California Waterfowl Association was another big success. Clear skies and warm weather brought out dozens and dozens of volunteers from far and near to help clean up the Owens Valley. It was a great morning of networking
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Winter issue on its way to members

December 1, 2023 — The Winter issue of California Waterfowl has begun landing in members’ mailboxes.
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Advocacy: DFW lands regulations package, hunt ban petition, AB 28 update and request for more hunts at San Joaquin

Here’s how we’ve been fighting for wetlands, waterfowl and hunting.