The California Waterfowl Association is a statewide nonprofit organization whose principal objectives are to conserve California’s waterfowl, wetlands and hunting heritage.
In order to fulfill that mission, CWA has carefully thought out the following goals:
California Waterfowl Association was founded in 1945, originally named Duck Hunters Association of California, and formed to influence hunting regulations and government activities that affected waterfowl in California.
In the early 1980s California Waterfowl recognized that the challenges faced by our founders had greatly expanded. In 1985, the association initiated waterfowl studies in partnership with the California Department of Fish and Game to determine the factors that limited waterfowl populations in California and the Pacific Flyway. By 1991, California Waterfowl had begun introducing youngsters to hunting and the outdoors through educational outreach.
CWA believes hunters have been the most important force for conserving waterfowl and wetlands. At CWA, volunteers and staff work together with dedication to further CWA’s mission: Conserving California's waterfowl, wetlands and hunting heritage.
California Waterfowl has established (1) Hunting Heritage, (2) Waterfowl and Wetlands and (3) Public Policy and Government Affairs as its core action areas. Each program area incorporates various aspects of public policy, waterfowl management, habitat enhancement, and education.
Hunting Heritage efforts focus on both hunting protection and promotion with an emphasis on youth education. Waterfowl and Wetlands efforts focus on supporting sustainable populations of waterfowl; the Mallard Legacy Program, Pintail Program and California Wood Duck Program deliver the full range of habitat requirements for all waterfowl and more than 200 other species of wildlife.
Legislative Affairs and Public Policy efforts focus on political and regulatory issues affecting waterfowl conservation and hunting, including state and federal legislation, hunting seasons and bag limits, public hunt programs, waterfowl habitat programs funding and wetland water issues.