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The Finger Lakes and Western New York Waterfowl Association (FL&WNYWA) is a not-for-profit organization comprised of dedicated waterfowl hunters from the western 24 counties of New York State. FL&WNYWA is committed to waterfowl conservation activities, education of the public regarding waterfowl and waterfowl hunting, and the dissemination of accurate data regarding waterfowl populations and migratory trends. FL&WNYWA meetings typically serve as open discussion forums for waterfowl-related issues and a source for accurate data regarding waterfowl numbers and hunting success in Western New York. Club members are certified waterfowl hunter education instructors for the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC), serve on several sportsman and NYSDEC committees/task forces regarding waterfowl, and have served as bird banders for the US Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS).

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In recent years, the organization's primary focus has been the Fran Finnick Memorial Project, a conservation program featuring the construction, installation, and maintenance of artificial duck nesting structures on the Tonawanda and Oak Orchard Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs), the Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge, and the Montezuma Wetlands Complex. From a modest beginning of 40 structures in 1991, the Project has expanded to over 200 structures in 2005. Annually, club members volunteer over 300 man-hours on this project which has successfully hatched over 6000 ducklings since 1991. On three separate occasions, the Erie County Federation of Sportsman's Clubs has honored the Project by awarding individual club members their "Conservationist of the Year" award.