Who knew in 1988 when leaders in the Alabama Waterfowl Association, Inc. (AWA) decided to take on the project of raising 1,000 day old duckling to 4 weeks old, placing a band on the ducks and releasing most on Guntersville Lake and Wheeler Lake, that it would help make Alabama one of the most promising states for duck hunting?

AWA has released thousands of ducks and tended the band reports over the 31 year span, having band reports from 22 states and 3 providences of Canada. Many years AWA released and banded over 5,000 ducks per year. This year’s release was 2,500. This project has helped make Alabama a very well known waterfowl state for duck harvest, helping to bring in duck hunters and bird watchers to enjoy the resource. This helps tourism and brings economic benefits to our state.
AWA is happy with the Mississippi Flyway Committee decision to allow the southern states in the flyway to go all the way to January 31. Alabama Waterfowl Association with the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resource fought for this in 1999 along with Mississippi and the extension of the flyway framework was awarded to Alabama and Mississippi for two years. Then the other states wanted the framework so the flyway committee did a compromise and went to the last Sunday in January. Last year the majority of the mallards and many other duck did not show up south of the Mason Dixon Line until the last two days of duck season. Many southern states complained and the Mississippi Flyway Committee made the decision and extended the frame work back to January 31st.
The AWA is asking volunteers that want to participate in this conservation event to come to the Alabama Waterfowl Association mallard rearing facility located in Aspel at 1346 County Road 11, Scottsboro, Alabama 35768. Banding will begin around 8:30 a.m. Saturday, July 20, 2019. The AWA thanks all the volunteers that has helped this Alabama conservation project through the past 30 years.
“Last year we added to our facility with the addition of a 120’ x 30’ avian flying pen. This really gave the ducks more room and enhanced the rearing habitat,” said Jerry Davis.
Please report bands to the AWA’s new email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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