For over fifty years we have undertaken many activities. We assist in setting the framework for waterfowl hunting season dates through representation on the season setting task forces in the upstate New York hunting zones.
We work with County, State, and Federal stewards to create better and additional habitats for migratory birds. We provide money and manpower to various agencies for wetland improvement projects.
We participate in educating the public, especially students, through the creation of displays, distribution of wildlife management films and literature and lecture/seminars. In conjunction with the SUNY of Environmental Science and Forestry, our membership has conducted waterfowl identification courses for more than 30 years and has served more than 3,000 waterfowl hunters and enthusiasts with this program.
We have purchased several wetland properties in the Central New York area, donating them to the New York State DEC for public access administration and management. We funded work that enabled channeling Hamlin Marsh which is also managed by the State. We were one of the early promoters of the NYS Migratory Bird Stamp legislation. By paying back real estate taxes on the land, we assisted in the acquisition of waterfowl habitat on Big Bay on the north shore of Oneida Lake, which led to the establishment of the Three Mile Bay Wildlife Management Area.
Through our Memorial Scholarship Fund, we fund research projects through Cornell University, SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, and the Delta Waterfowl Research Association. We sponsor four boys' and girls' attendance at the NYSDEC Conservation education camps during the summer.