What We Do

California Waterfowl is an award-winning 501(C)(3) nonprofit conservation organization with a mission to conserve the state’s waterfowl, wetlands, and hunting heritage. In the last 20+ years, we have completed more than 1,315 individual projects to protect, restore, and enhance more than 470,000 acres, providing habitat for millions of birds and animals. Our Wood Duck Program has hatched more than 716,000 ducklings, while our Banding Program has marked nearly 250,000 waterfowl. Our Youth and Education Programs have reached more than 300,000 children, young adults, and families to help to create a better understanding of biology, conservation, and outdoor heritage. All efforts are supported largely by donations and the work of over 1,500 dedicated and tireless volunteers.

2014 Program Highlights

Waterfowl and Wetlands

  • 14,500 acres of wetland, riparian, and grassland habitats conserved
  • 75 individual projects completed
  • $6 million spent on habitat in the Grasslands, Tulare Basin, Southern California, North Sacramento Valley, Suisun Marsh and Northeastern California
  • 1,700 acres of new wetland areas were created or restored
  • 1,000 acres of breeding habitats
  • 88 acres of riparian habitat
  • Over 50% of the acres benefited were on public hunting areas
  • Almost 7,000 waterfowl banded
  • Over 30,000 wood ducks hatched in 2014 for a cumulative total of more than 716,000 hatched since 1991
  • 5,530 nest boxes monitored on 180 projects by 440 volunteers and California Waterfowl staff
  • Annual breeding surveys were completed in partnership with DFW to monitor breeding waterfowl populations throughout California

Education and Heritage

California Waterfowl’s education and heritage programs seek to educate both young and old and ensure a place for all in the outdoors – today and into the future. Through efficient programming and dedicated partnerships, we are able to reach youth and adults across California and spread the word about the value of waterfowl, wetlands, and our hunting heritage.

California Waterfowl Hunt Program

  • The California Waterfowl Hunt Program continued to provide quality hunting opportunities on private lands to the general public.
  • Upwards of 1,275 hunters enjoyed hunts on almost 50,000 acres and 70 properties, including duck hunts on premier duck clubs as well as dove, turkey and big-game hunts.
  • The new Veteran Hunt Program hosted 57 veterans on ten different hunts.

More than 25,000 Youths and Families Reached

  • We demonstrated to more than 9,700 students the value of wildlife conservation and the critical role hunters play, through field trips, presentations, hands-on projects and more.
  • More than 1,700 people participated in quality programs to train and motivate the next generation of hunter-conservationists through hunter camps, shoots, clinics and other outdoor adventures that provide quality outdoor hunting and shooting experiences.
  • Families enjoyed exciting games and conservation exhibits at festivals and outdoor expos this year, reaching almost 20,000 people. 

Training Tomorrow’s Leaders

  • In addition to developing hunt skills, our camp program is making lifelong conservationists by modeling essential character qualities like stewardship and also encouraging community service.
  • College hunter camp provided an exciting opportunity to 15 UC Davis students destined to become wildlife managers who had no firsthand experience with hunting.
  • College students and recent graduates are getting their start at California Waterfowl through college chapter activities and internships, several in partnership with the Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Wildlife Refuge system.
  • The Banding with Youth Program provided hands-on waterfowl research and field experience to more than 50 youth.
  • High school students spent three days at Art Camp hosted at the Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge in partnership with Pacific Flyway Decoy Association studying waterfowl biology, the refuge system, Junior Duck Stamps, and learning from professionals about Photoshop, wildlife photography, field sketching, decoy carving, hunters as conservationists, duck calling, how to process a duck, and more.

Sharing a Love for Hunting

  • California Waterfowl Magazine and other publications keep members up-to-date on waterfowl and hunting issues as well as California Waterfowl programs.

Public Policy

Through political advocacy and building partnerships, California Waterfowl is producing results that help sustain waterfowl, wetlands and our hunting heritage:

  • Recently adopted by the USFWS, the Western Mallard Model used for setting hunt regulations follows nearly two decades of data gathering on the part of the DFW and California Waterfowl.
  • Our Partnering for Pintail Program is working to provide Pacific Flyway waterfowl managers with improved data and harvest models, supporting sound science and equitable hunter opportunity.
  • Analyzed the California Water Fix and Eco Restore, or "Twin Tunnels," plan and other water initiatives to protect water supplies for wetlands and other key waterfowl habitat.
  • We are increasing hunter opportunity through working cooperatively with DFW and USFWS on public land hunt programs, as well as initiatives such as the SHARE Program to provide public access to private lands.
  • Regulatory work with the F&G Commission to set appropriate waterfowl seasons and bag limits, protect waterfowl hunting on state lands and waters and ensure public land opportunities for field trials, hunt tests and hunting dog training.
  • State legislation is sponsored annually by California Waterfowl to protect hunting and/or support waterfowl habitat (2 separate CWA bills were signed into law in 2014), while other bills are opposed which threaten water for wetlands, hunting, the use of sporting arms and ammunition, DFW habitat and public hunt program budgets, etc. 

Fundraising Efforts

Donations directly support California Waterfowl’s mission and leverage government funding for habitat projects across California.

  • $15+ million in total revenue was raised during the last year.
  • Nearly 100 grassroots fundraising events. 
  • 1,500 volunteers helped ensure the organization's success. 


California Waterfowl works within a board-approved annual budget, and our audited financial statements are available upon request.

  • Program Expenses: 85%
  • Administrative Expenses: 3%
  • Fundraising Expenses: 12%


California Waterfowl members are part of the nation’s oldest and largest state waterfowl association. Dues help fund waterfowl conservation programs, wetland enhancement, youth education programs, and public policy efforts.

  • 20,000+ Members Strong.
  • 3,000+ Life Members and Major Donors making a big difference.
  • Membership magazine keeps members informed and motivated all year long.