What is Waterfowl U.S.A.?
In January 1983, a group of conservationists, who were concerned about the dwindling waterfowl populations in America, formed the National Waterfowl Alliance, Waterfowl U.S.A. Limited as a national, non-profit, conservation organization. Since that time, the organization has become known simply as Waterfowl USA. Waterfowl U.S.A. is the only national, non-profit, conservation organization, dedicated to using funds in the areas in which they are raised for local and state waterfowl projects.
It was founded by biologists for the purpose of preserving and improving wintering and breeding habitat within the United States. There was, and still is, a tremendous need to fund waterfowl projects on the local level. Therefore, local and state fund-raising chapters are being organized to lead the way in restoring waterfowl enjoyment. Waterfowl U.S.A. was incorporated in Edgefield, South Carolina in January 1983 as a fully tax deductible, non-profit organization and approved under IRS statute 501 (C)(3). Since its founding, over 45,000 conservationists from all 50 states and many foreign countries have joined and supported Waterfowl U.S.A.
What are Waterfowl U.S.A.’s goals and objectives?
The long term goals and objectives of Waterfowl U.S.A. are: to create interest and organize local groups of concerned sportsmen and bird enthusiasts dedicated to preserving and improving the remaining wetland waterfowl habitat within the United States; to educate the public to the necessity of the preservation of waterfowl and waterfowl habitat in the United States; and to train our youth in good conservation practices.
What are some of Waterfowl U.S.A.’s projects?
- Building drawn-down impoundments in critical wintering areas
- Building additional wetlands
- Repairing broken dikes and water control structures
- Providing critical nesting habitat
- Planting feeding areas for waterfowl
- Developing educational youth programs
- Working with Boy Scouts to erect nesting boxes in a national wood duck box program
- Developing resident flocks of ducks and geese
- Funded waterfowl banding and radio telemetry projects
How will the chapter funds that are raised be used?
60% of the net profits from fund raising, not including Waterfowl USA memberships, will go into your local area and into your state, 20% will be used to develop additional chapters in your state and the remaining 20% will be allotted for National administration costs.
Who will control the funds raised?
A finance committee made up of members from your chapter will control the funds. They will delegate funds for projects from National Headquarters from the monies raised through events held by your chapter.
How will the projects be selected?
It will be entirely up to your chapter or state committee to determine the most worthwhile projects for which your net proceeds will be spent. The chapter will make their own decisions unless they request assistance from National, where by a representative will be available for help on any problem that might arise.