A message from the president
California Waterfowl entered its 75th year with some incredible achievements to celebrate: hundreds of thousands of acres of wetland habitat restored, a powerful advocacy program that is the leading force for hunters at the state Capitol, robust waterfowl programs that help local breeding mallards and wood ducks, a top-rated education program that helps people master a difficult sport, and a Hunt Program that has vastly expanded hunter access to private land in California.
All of this has been made possible by your support. Your donations get this important work done, fueling a passionate and dedicated staff that is second to none, and your name on our membership rolls adds to our clout and credibility.
But everything we have built together is in jeopardy as California Waterfowl faces an unprecedented crisis due to Covid-19. Our fundraising events shuddered to a halt in March and we have no idea when they’ll resume, but our best estimate is that we’re facing a $1.5 million shortfall.
In short, we need your help now, more than ever, just to survive.
If every member donated $75 today, that shortfall would disappear, and we could avoid dismantling the important programs we’ve built with your help. We know some of our members are hurting, and struggling to feed your families and survive, and to you we extend our heartfelt sympathies.
But if you are in any position to help, I would like to ask that you consider over the next few days how you might make a gift to our organization to help stave off an existential crisis for California Waterfowl – a threat to all the programs and critical advocacy that ducks and duck hunters have come to rely on. When the worst of this pandemic is past us, we want all our programs to be here for you, helping keep people and our hunting community connected to the outdoors and enjoying the natural world.
Can I count on you to come through for us in a BIG way?
Make a donation in any amount you can afford at calwaterfowl.org/donate.
I want you to know that your support is critical and appreciated, now more than ever, and I am sincerely grateful that you have spent the time to read this letter and consider my request. So, thank you for what you are doing in this time of need to ensure a strong future for waterfowl, wetlands and hunting in California.
Statement about shipping delays, March 27, 2020
Due to shelter-in-place restrictions and curbs on the physical staffing of non-essential businesses, shipments of product from our warehouse will be unfortunately delayed. Your support is vital to California Waterfowl and be assured shipments will continue when these restrictions have been lifted.
Thank you for your patience and support as we navigate this difficult and unprecedented situation. We are all eager for things to get back to normal.
If you have any questions or would like to discuss the situation, please call or email CWA President John Carlson, Jr. at 916-648-1406 ext. 140 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
A message from the president, March 24, 2020
Dear friends of California Waterfowl,
During this unprecedented and stressful time of the Covid-19 pandemic, I want to reach out and let you know my thoughts are with each and every one of you. I hope you and your families are staying safe, and are successfully navigating the strange new routines we all face.
It has been no small measure of relief to know that getting outdoors is generally allowed (with appropriate social distancing, of course) and even encouraged for our physical and mental well-being. Whether it’s a visit to a nearby marsh, a trip to the woods to chase gobblers or even just sitting on a porch and watching birds and other neighborhood critters, I hope you are able to maintain what is so important to all of us: our connection to nature.
Like most organizations and businesses, California Waterfowl has been deeply affected by the new restrictions on daily life. We have postponed fundraising events and camps, locked our main office in Roseville and dispersed the entire staff to work from their homes (and if you need to reach any of them, you’ll find their contact information here).
We are very fortunate in that some of the most important work we do – restoring and improving wetlands and waterfowl breeding habitat – can continue without jeopardizing the safety of our staff.
Our Waterfowl Programs team will continue with its efforts to support local breeding ducks: the California Wood Duck Program, egg salvage and a new incentive program spearheaded by Waterfowl Programs Supervisor Caroline Brady to delay wheat harvest so mallard nests have a chance to hatch.
And of course, the Hunt Program also goes on. By definition, hunting entails limited social contact, and more than ever, filling our freezers is critically important!
Adapting how we work
Our staff is working hard to adapt to the new work environment.
No schools are open for our education coordinator, Molly Maupin, to visit, so she gathered up the materials that she uses in her programs and made them available online to all the parents who now find themselves homeschooling, and she continues to make herself available to assist remotely. This exemplifies our staff’s commitment to our mission, and makes me proud to be part of this organization.
We are also working on plans to shift more fundraising to the digital sphere for the duration of shelter-in-place orders. It isn’t nearly as fun as getting together over a good meal at your local community center, but many of you have inquired about how you can support CWA during this time, so we are working on options.
Staying in touch
You can stay on top of Covid-related announcements here, and you can read other CWA news here, as well as on social media (Facebook, Instagram and Twitter). Social media has taken on even more importance in these times of isolation, and we hope to be an important part of your digital community.
Finally, like you, we can’t wait for this to be over. While we enjoy seeing our supporters at events during normal times, it’s going to be as exciting as opening day when we can finally gather together again. In the meantime, please don’t hesitate to shoot me an email or give me a call at 916-648-1406 ext. 140 to ask questions or share ideas for how we can move forward in these strange times. I always love hearing from you, and nothing we do would be possible without you.
Please stay safe and well!
John Carlson, Jr.
STATEMENT, March 17, 2020
At California Waterfowl, we are committed to the safety of our supporters, program participants, volunteers and staff. Accordingly, we are closely following developments with the Covid-19 pandemic and adhering to recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control and state and local health authorities, with respect to all gatherings.
Generally, we are postponing events scheduled to be held in the next eight weeks (primarily fundraising banquets but also some spring conservation and hunter education camps). We believe we will be able to reschedule all events once the public health threat has subsided. In some cases, we have already set new dates. We will update the status of all events on our website calendar.
We hope that our supporters will still be able to join us at these events on the rescheduled dates. If you do not believe you will be able to attend a rescheduled event, you may request a refund, or you may consider your registration fee or ticket to be a tax-deductible charitable contribution to CWA. For fundraising banquets, please contact local organizers, whose contact information is listed on their event page on our website, for information about refunds.
In addition to rescheduling events, we are also following recommendations with respect to our workplace, meaning as many employees as possible are currently telecommuting. This may result in delays responding to mail that has been sent to us, though we all have access to our email and voicemail. For our dear friends and supporters who enjoy visiting our Roseville office, please be advised that the people you’d like to see may not be there; if you need to conduct business in person, please call ahead.
Our limited on-site staffing may also result in delays shipping items, such as promotional items we are offering in conjunction with membership renewals, or items purchased in our online store. Please be assured that we DO have promised items in stock – we fully intend to fulfill orders.
Our staff remains 100% committed to our mission, and we will continue to do every bit of work possible under the circumstances to continue fighting for a strong future for waterfowl, wetlands and hunting in California. And we are sincerely looking forward to seeing all of you again, whether it’s at your local banquet, a camp or an educational event. Nothing we do would be possible without you.