Klamath Refuges’ Habitat Conditions Somewhat Improved, But Uncertainty Remains

Latest reports from the Klamath Basin show better wetland habitat conditions from last year, but without additional water deliveries conditions could soon deteriorate.
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California Waterfowl announces corporate partnership with Kershaw Knives  

CWA welcomes its latest corporate partner, Kershaw Knives.


Rep. Mike Thompson (CA-04) has secured $2.8 million for the California Waterfowl Association to restore and enhance over 1,600 acres of wetlands and uplands in the Bay Area, benefiting many species of migratory birds across the Fourth District and surround areas. Special thanks to Robert Eddings for his excellent work in writing this successful grant proposal. This funding is part of $87 million secured by the Migratory Bird Conservation Commission for wetland conservation.

Join Us for a Hatchery Tour at Rancho Esquon!

Ever wondered what it would be like to tour a hatchery? Wonder no more! On July 20th from 9am to 11am, the doors at Rancho Esquon (1609 Adams Ranch Rd, Durham, CA) will be open for an exciting and educational hatchery tour.
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Promotion Announcement: Chadd Santerre, Director of Wetland Programs - NAWCA Coordinator

We are thrilled to announce the promotion of Chadd Santerre to the position of director of wetland programs - NAWCA coordinator at California Waterfowl. Chadd has been an integral part of our organization for over 25 years and is renowned as the nation's leading NAWCA grant recipient.
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The Migratory Bird Conservation Partnership is kicking off their BirdReturns Fall Wetland Incentive Program

Get paid to flood your wetlands! Applications opened on May 17th and go until June 9th. Check out the application link in the full story as well as all the major details and requirements.
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Birds banded in 2023

In 2023, we banded a total of 8,549 birds, including 17 different species, with the majority being mallards, northern pintails, and gadwalls.
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What happens to my Donor Advised Fund (DAF) when I’m gone?

Creating a succession plan for your DAF is an important decision to make. Are you one of the thoughtful and generous people who have discovered the power of a donor advised fund (DAF)? They are an excellent tool to streamline and simplify charitable giving.
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Breaking news - Option for 3 pintail bag limit approved for 2025-2026 season.

According to reports, a new harvest strategy for northern pintail has at last been approved by the Service Regulations Committee that will provide an opportunity for 3-bird bag beginning for the 2025-26 season.  It will also reportedly not significantly increase the likelihood of a closed pintail season.
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CWA Membership Survey

California Waterfowl wants to hear from you. This brief multiple-choice survey will help ensure CWA is communicating and operating at our best to support our members’ needs and values.
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Purina Extends its Sponsorship of California Waterfowl Association

Purina Extends its Sponsorship of California Waterfowl Association Roseville, CA - California Waterfowl Association is pleased to announce Purina has extended its support of the conservation and educational initiatives of the organization with its 2024/2025 Sponsorship.
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Advocacy Updates

Updates on firearm related bills AB 3067 and SB 1160. The CWA advocacy team worked with other partners to gut both harmful bills of responsible gun owners.
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Join us for the Suisun Marsh Field Day on Saturday June 1st

Mark your calendars! Join us for the Suisun Marsh Field Day on Saturday June 1st, from 9AM to 4PM at Grizzly Ranch. Admission is free, and it’s a day packed with fun for the entire family!
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Camp Sprig dates and booking information.

California Waterfowl hosts camps that teach aspiring hunters the nuts and bolts of waterfowl hunting and conservation. With some spots still available and four different dates to choose from, now is the time to register your child or grandchild.
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The final touches were put on Palo Verde Ecological Reserve

New gravel roads and a parking lot, along with seeding of the milo food plots, were done by DFW staff.
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Special announcement: #HearTheHunt for conservation CWA + Tetra

Having conservation at the heart of our mission, we're thrilled to share news of our partnership with Tetra Hearing!
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Exciting News: Promotion Announcement for Jeff Smith at California Waterfowl!

We are delighted to announce the well-deserved promotion of Jeff Smith to the position of Director of Hunting and Education Programs at California Waterfowl. Jeff has been an integral part of our organization for an impressive 16 years, demonstrating unwavering dedication and passion for educating the public on the vital role of hunting in conservation efforts.
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2024-25 Waterfowl Seasons and Bag Limits Finalized

The California Fish and Game Commission voted today to approve the seasons and bag limits for the 2024-25 waterfowl season.  California Waterfowl provided testimony at the hearing in San Jose.

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!