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CWA eNews
June 26, 2002

Welcome to eNews, CWA's waterfowl conservation newsletter. If you are into California's ducks, their habitats, and hunting, CWA is
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In this edition:

CDFG/CWA WATERFOWL BROOD POND PROGRAM
CWA CONTINUES TO BATTLE AMMO TAX
DONATE YOUR ALL-TERRAIN VEHICLE TO CWA, SAVE $$$
CWA STAFF INITIATE DUCK PRODUCTION STUDY
DID YOU KNOW?
CWA WEB POLL
UPCOMING EVENTS

****CDFG/CWA WATERFOWL BROOD POND PROGRAM****

Privately managed wetlands enrolled in the CDFG/CWA Waterfowl Brood Pond Program are required to be flooded April through July each year primarily to support the breeding effort of a myriad of waterfowl and other waterbird species.  In fact, evaluations conducted during 1998 =AD 2000 revealed over 100 bird species using spring/summer wetlands enrolled in the CDFG/CWA Waterfowl Brood Pond program.  A total of 13 brood ponds, located in Glenn, Butte, Colusa, Sutter,Yolo, and Yuba Counties are currently enrolled in the program.  This spring, CWA waterfowl biologist Jim Laughlin is monitoring theponds, obtaining general information on wetland structure, and measuring water level at each project site.  This year marks the 5th and final year incentive payments will be made to program participants.  We are optimistic that landowners, encouraged by the tremendous success of the program, will continue managing spring/summer wetlands on their property.

****CWA CONTINUES TO BATTLE AMMO TAX****

On Friday, June 21st, CWA hosted a sporting clays shoot at Coon Creek Trap and Skeet in Lincoln, CA for State Legislators and their staff.  Remington Arms was gracious enough to donate shells and provide gun safety information.  A catered lunch was also provided to all participants.

State lawmakers will be considering Senate Constitutional Amendment (SCA) 12--a measure that would impose a five-cent per shell tax on all ammunition in order to fund hospitals and trauma centers--in the upcoming weeks. Although the measure passed its first policy committee hearing, CWA believes that, with continuing legislative outreach efforts, lawmakers will ultimately agree with us that law-abiding sportsmen should not be held financially responsible for the illegal or irresponsible gun use of others. CWA hopes that last Friday's event, which included a 100-round, 10-station sporting clays course, also helped shed light on the significant, long-term costs of SCA 12 to hunters and other shooting enthusiasts.

The next hearing on SCA 12 is scheduled for Tuesday, July 2nd at 1:30 pm in room 3191 of the State Capitol.  Although CWA will provide testimony at the hearing, we strongly encourage interested individuals to provide their own input to the Senate Revenue and Taxation Committee, which will consider the bill.  The Committee may be reached at 916-445-3808.

****DONATE YOUR ALL-TERRAIN VEHICLE TO CWA, SAVE $$$****

CWA waterfowl and wetland program staff are in desperate need of all-terrain vehicles in order to keep our field programs going strong. More ATVs are needed to continue important projects such as nest searching, duck banding, radio telemetry, and waterfowl surveys. Don't sell your old ATV; donate it to CWA and receive a tax write-off for fair market value. If you have an ATV, or pick-up truck,sport utility vehicle, etc., in good operating condition that you can contribute, please contact CWA at 916-648-1406. Also consider a cash donation to help support our program needs.

****CWA STAFF INITIATE DUCK PRODUCTION STUDY****

CWA staff biologists are currently evaluating breeding duck use of upland habitats within Sacramento valley project sites using nest searching and pair survey techniques.  A mix of upland habitat types, including planted native grass plots, winter wheat, rice stubble, set-aside fields with volunteer grasses and forbs, and set- aside fields planted with vetch/clover/grass are being evaluated to determine waterfowl nest density, nest success and differences in use among the various habitats.  Project sites are located primarily in the Colusa, American, and Yolo Basins and are properties recently enrolled in the newly created Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP).  By early June, a total of 144 duck nests had been discovered within approximately 400 acres of searched uplands. Mallards comprised almost 90 percent of total nests found. Other duck species located during searches included gadwall (9 nests), and cinnamon teal (8 nests). Excellent mallard nesting effort has been observed in set-aside fields on the Conaway Ranch in the Yolo Basin and set-aside fields just southwest of the town of Princeton in the Colusa Basin. These two project sites have accounted for over 50% of mallard nests located to date.

CREP is a USDA program that provides financial incentives to farmers who plant a portion of their land to upland cover. If you are interested in the program, contact CREP Coordinator Ed Burns at the CWA office, (916) 648-1406.

DID YOU KNOW?

CWA is currently helping to secure new hunting opportunities for public hunters throughout California, including the Klamath Basin NWR, Stone Lakes NWR, and the San Francisco Bay NWR.

CWA WEB POLL

Don't forget CWA's Web Poll, located at http://www.calwaterfowl.org.

This week's question:"How many individual pieces of ammunition do you BUY per year?"

The previous poll asked, "If the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service shortens the 2002-03 waterfowl hunting season, which would you prefer: An early season, A late season, A split season, closed in the middle?"

A late season =AD 56%
A split season, closed in the middle =AD 40%
An early season =AD 2%

UPCOMING EVENTS

JUNE

27      Eureka CWA Dinner. Tim Davanis, (916) 648-1406.

29-30   Pacific Flyway Decoy Association Wildfowl Art Festival at the Doubletree Hotel in         Sacramento.

JULY

11      South Bay CWA Dinner.

13      Redding CWA Dinner.

14      Marin-Sonoma Pig Feed. Rick Timmer, (415) 892-6120.

14-19   CWA K.I.D.S. Camps in Red Bluff. For more information or to register, contact Debbie         Pfanner at (916) 791-5535.

For more information about a particular event, email cwafund@calwaterfowl.org or visit http://www.calwaterfowl.org.
Thank you for supporting California Waterfowl Association.




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