Waterfowl Program

The Waterfowl Program is a small unit within the Wildlife Branch that is responsible for conservation and management of waterfowl. California hosts about 39 different species and subspecies of waterfowl and provides vital winter habitat for about 60 percent (annually estimated to be between 4 - 6 million birds) of the wa­­­terfowl population in the Pacific Flyway(opens in new tab) The Waterfowl Program works cooperatively with other states and federal agencies by participating in the Pacific Flyway Council. Activities of the Waterfowl Program include population assessments, developing management plans, cooperating with researchers, developing hunting recommendations to the Fish and Game Commission, and managing the State Duck Stamp Account.