The Alabama Waterfowl Association (AWA) has been involved with some of the most recognized conservation programs in the state of Alabama. In 1999, the AWA was given the Governors Award for Conservation Organization of the Year. Since that time, the organization has continued to grow and use public and private donations to further its work in wetland restoration, conservation and waterfowl protection [source: AWA].
For example, for one project, AWA CEO Jerry Davis joined up with the director of the Alabama Indian Affairs Committee. The two researched and obtained historical documentation to pass legislation that would add the following to the National Park Service National Historic Trails brochure: the Alabama Trail of Tears Corridor of North America connecting Ross' Landing in Chattanooga, Tennessee to Waterloo, Alabama [source: AWA].
The AWA has also:
- Worked on and supported conservation language drafted into the 1996 Farm Bill.
- Worked to restore the Bald Cypress tree back into Alabama by planting over 1,500 new cypress trees.
- Created and placed Wood Duck nesting boxes and works with groups to create additional Wood Duck habitats.
- Banded and released more than 35,000 mallards.
- Created a 37-acre (15-hectare) wetland habitat to be used as an educational area and youth hunting and training area.
- Relocated more than 2,500 Canadian Geese.
- Distributed food plot seed in Alabama and across the nation.
- Worked with legislature to pass the January 31 framework, which extends the hunting season in southern states to the end of January [source: AWA].
Every organization usually has goals and a mission. Let's find out what drives the AWA.