How the Alabama Waterfowl Association Works

Mission of the Alabama Waterfowl Association

The Ala­bama Waterfowl Association's (AWA) aim is to replenish waterfowl populations. It accomplishes this through various activities, programs and projects aimed at enhancing or maintaining Alabama's resources.

­According to the AWA, the association acts as a "a state voice" for Alabama waterfowl hunting, concerning the hunting season and the federal migratory bird regulations that affect the state. It networks with other state waterfowl associations, which are all a part of the North American Waterfowl Federation (NAWF), to benefit wetland conservation. It also works with private landowners, farmers, industry, hunting clubs, state and federal agencies -- all to help to conserve and enhance Alabama's watersheds, coastal regions, wetland functions and waterfowl resources [source: AWA].

Jerry Davis, CEO of the AWA, has won many grants that have brought necessary financial support to Alabama's conservation programs. Some of these grants include:

  • $250,000 -- Tennessee Valley Authority "Environmental Initiative Grant" for Phillip's Project at Mud Creek in Jackson County
  • $62,000 -- Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs and Department of Transportation Grant for the Recreational Trails Program Sacred Tears Monument at Spring Park in Tuscumbia, Alabama
  • $35,000 -- National Fish and Wildlife Grant for a wetlands project in Marshall County
  • $5,000 -- Legacy Grant Reintroduction of the Bald Cypress Tree into the Tennessee Valley of Alabama [source: AWA]

The AWA is one of many waterfowl associations located across the United States. If you're considering joining the AWA, whether you're a resident of Alabama or not, read on.