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Klamath's bone-dry wetland
Driving down the highway that straddles the California-Oregon border on opening day of duck season last fall, hunters were horrified to find the Lower Klamath National Wildlife Refuge bone dry on both sides of Route 161, something veteran waterfowlers there had never seen. A survey found only 29,000 ducks and 120,000 geese using the limited water on the refuge, where usually there would have been 450,000 ducks and even more geese.

To learn why this is happening and what CWA is doing about it, click here.
Pair of grants approved for wildlife area work
The California Wildlife Conservation Board last month approved two grants worth $893,000 for CWA projects in the Suisun Marsh and the Grasslands, that will improve water use on wetland habitat at state wildlife areas.

These grants come on the heels of a $950,000 grant from the WCB for CWA work on the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area approved in March and will help continue our mission to improve wetland habitat and hunting opportunities across California.

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Suisun Marsh Field Day
The Suisun Marsh Field Day is always one of our favorite events. Good food, good weather, awesome hand-carved decoys, plenty of activities for the kids and, of course, great friends. What more could you ask for?

Even though the marsh won't be the same without Frank Johnson and Bill Brush we know their spirits will live on when we spend time together in our wetlands.

Click here for great photos and a recap of the event.
Camp Sprig summer camps
Need a summer activity for your 10- to 17-year-old? Look no further than our five-day Camp Sprig events, but don’t wait – they fill up fast! CWA summer camps are broken into three types – Level 1, Level 2, and Level 3. Level 1 camps include California Hunter Education certification. Level 2-3 camps assume a certain level of hunting knowledge and are designed for campers who have hunted at least one season.

Click here for more information and to get your youth registered today! Our first camp (Level 1) starts THIS Sunday!

We have scholarships available. Click here for more information.
2019 State Banquet - a celebration of volunteers
Get your tickets NOW for the 2019 State Banquet at the Holiday Inn in Sacramento on August 3.

Some of our planned activities include:

Friday, August 2
• 7 p.m. Casino Night & Welcome Reception in the Sierra Ballroom on the 16th floor. FREE

Saturday, August 3rd
• 9 a.m. – 11 a.m. Meeting of the Members & Board Meeting Free (coffee & pastries)
• 6 p.m. State Banquet in Grand Ballroom, space is limited to 350.

Click here  to get tickets today!

For more information contact Penny Perkins at (916) 648-1406 ext. 111 or via email at  pperkins@calwaterfowl.org
The 2019 CWA Super Raffle is HERE!
CWA's 2019 Super Raffle is here! We've got TWO grand prize options: A Benelli Sportsman’s Package or a St. Thomas Villa vacation! We've also got hunt packages, the latest and greatest gear and, oh yeah, did we mention 17 FIREARMS?!
 
Tickets are only $25 apiece, six for $100, 14 for $200 and 24 for $300. Get a chance to win some AWESOME prizes while supporting California Waterfowl. Drawing will be held at our 2019 State Banquet on August 3 in Sacramento. Need not be present to win. 

Download a printable ticket order form  here.
Summer issue of California Waterfowl
The Summer issue of California Waterfowl magazine, graced with a gorgeous cover shot of a gadwall courtship flight by  David Stimac, has started landing in members’ mailboxes, and we’ve got some great stories for our readers! Not a member? If you join now by clicking here, then email Editor Holly Heyser at hheyser@calwaterfowl.org, she’ll mail you a copy of this issue.

Read more about what's inside by clicking here.
Check out this AWESOME Mallard Nest Searching Video!
CWA's egg salvage crew teamed up with  Lundberg Family Farms  recently to search 87 acres of cover crops for nesting ducks before the fields were due to be worked. Our biologists found 14 mallard nests, rescuing more than 120 eggs that will be hatched and reared at our partner Rancho Esquon Hatchery before being released into the wild.

CWA will be hosting tours of the hatcheries this summer. These events are a great way to get kids involved and learn about waterfowl and wildlife habitat. Click here to find an upcoming tour.

Worst gun control bills die in committee
The two worst gun control bills, AB 688 and AB 18, died in the Appropriations Committee at the end of May. AB 688 would have required that long guns in automobiles be stored similarly to handguns, in locked cases out of sight. In addition, the cases would have to be secured to the frame of the car or truck with a cable or chain. AB 18 would impose a $25 excise tax on the purchase of a firearm. This would be on top of the many taxes and fees that already make up the bulk of the cost of a new firearm.

Neither bill will move forward this year, but both will probably re-emerge in years to come. There are still a handful of gun control bills that California Waterfowl opposes and will continue to work to defeat.
Featured event
Come support our Veteran Hunt Program at the Lake Arrowhead America's Freedom Fighters Banquet on June 29.

The event is being held at the fabulous Lake Arrowhead Resort   – why not make a weekend of it?

Get tickets here.
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California Waterfowl is a 501c3 organization whose mission is to grow California’s waterfowl populations, wetlands and hunter-conservationist communities.

Our vision is a California with thriving waterfowl populations, vibrant wetland ecosystems and respected hunting communities.
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