Alaska Waterfowl Assoc. has been actively involved in many local programs and projects where both waterfowl and hunters benefit. We remain committed to waterfowl management and promoting the hunting heritage.
AWA has many ideas to incorporate programs and share its members knowledge throughout the local communities and the State of Alaska. As we grow and develop more members, sponsors and partnerships throughout Alaska we will ensure the waterfowling tradition and hunting heritage is passed on. Our youth is our future. By getting Alaska’s youth involved through educational seminars, camps, youth hunts, and AWA projects and programs. Our members, sponsors, and partners will ensure that they have made a difference in securing the future of our sporting heritage in Alaska.
Hunter Access Kachemak Bay
AWA is currently working in collaboration with Alaska Dept. of Fish and Game, and the Alaska Outdoor Council regarding the interest of proposals being placed that would possibly limit waterfowl hunting, bag limits and access to public waters for waterfowl hunting in Kachemak Bay.
AWA will be updating its members soon regarding this situation. It's imperative that we continue to fight for your rights.
AWA is currently discussing with AF&G ways to improve this portage area from Jim Lake into McRoberts Creek. If you would like to help with this project to increase access, please let us know.
AWA donates funds to the Alaska YESS youth shooting organization.
Alaska SCTP-YESS is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to promoting youth shooting on a competitive and scholastic level throughout the State of Alaska. Their purpose is to provide funds, equipment, training and guidance to the youth shooting teams of Alaska, with the goal of developing self-confidence, self-esteem, self-reliance, respect, personal discipline, responsibility, citizenship, teamwork, and sportsmanship through regular competition at local, state, and national events.
To learn more about Alaska YESS visit their site at akyess.org
Duck Diet Education Signs
AWA will be placing signs in locations where ducks are being fed in the Matanuska Valley and eventually expanding to Anchorage and beyond. These signs will help educate the public about what are the proper things to feed ducks.
Have an idea for a location for one of these signs? Contact us and let us know.
AWA has provided support for black brant research on the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta in Alaska. This research and monitoring of black brant breeding populations is led by Dr. Mark Lindberg, University of Alaska Fairbanks. Other principal researchers involved are from University of Nevada, Colorado State University, and the USGS Alaska Science Center. Staff from the US Fish and Wildlife Service, Yukon Delta NWR will assist with banding. Data Collection at the Tutakoke River Colony (TRC) will be led by Cody Deane, a PhD student at University of Alaska Fairbanks, with assistance from 2-4 seasonal field technicians as funding permits.
AWA is very excited about having Jasmine Otis as an ambassador for AWA and the shooting sport! We will be following her and her quest toward making the Olympic Shooting Team.
Jasmine is from Alaska and has a very impressive resume regarding her accomplishments. It’s an honor for AWA to help her accomplish her dream.
We will be teaming up on more great events where everyone can come out and meet Jasmine and hear her story.
We hope she inspires many of our youth here in Alaska to pursue this sport if they so desire.
The Palmer Hayflats is a vast wetland environment used by a wide diversity of wildlife. Every spring thousands of waterfowl return north to nest in the Alaska’s vast wetlands and raise their brood. Nesting habitat for waterfowl and other shore birds is excellent in the Palmer Hayflats wetlands. This ecosystem provides a perfect balance for young brood to gain the much needed nutrition and balance diet to return south as the mother winter takes hold.
Our latest project was a joined effort between AF&G and AWA members. Alaska Fish and Game Dept’s local biologist realized there was a need to repair and clear out some local waterfowl nesting habitat that had fallen victim to alders, brush and trees over the last few years. Together AF&G and AWA’s members gathered resources, rallied their members and continued to promote and do their part in wetland restoration. Over 12 volunteers endured -13 degree temps and long hours as they cut, cleared and restored prime waterfowl nesting habitat.
AWA would like to thank all of its members and the AF&G staff that took part in this restoration project. This is just another example of how Alaska Waterfowl Assoc. continues to do their part in conserving Alaska’s waterfowl and wetlands.