The Flyway Federation is a non-profit, grassroots organization representing avid sportsmen and conservationists with a mission to encourage natural migration habits of migrating waterfowl throughout North America’s four major flyways.
FLYWAY FEDERATION GOAL
The Flyway Federation’s goal is to ensure future generations of sportsmen and conservationists are afforded the privilege and opportunity to witness natural fall, winter, and spring migrations of North America’s abundant natural resource of migrating waterfowl by encouraging natural feeding habits and fair chase hunting practices throughout the four major flyways.
FLYWAY FEDERATION STRATEGY
Currently, the Migratory Bird Treaty Act (“MBTA”) and regulations adopted by the United States Fish and Wildlife Service (“USFWS”), under the authority of the MBTA, allow individuals and entities to plant, grow, and leave unharvested, commodity crops on large numbers of acres throughout the United States, under the guise of following a “normal” agricultural practice, but with the sole intent of attracting and concentrating large numbers of migratory waterfowl. The consequences of these unnatural practices have resulted in migratory waterfowl exhibiting unnatural migration habits, including delayed migration as well as historically shortened migration routes.
Therefore, the Flyway Federation is eager to work with individuals at the local, state, and federal levels, including conservation organizations, biologists, legislators, and the USFWS, to amend the MBTA and current USFWS regulations, along with other necessary laws and regulations, to prevent unnatural agricultural practices from having an adverse effect on the natural migration routes of migratory waterfowl.
WHAT FLYWAY FEDERATION IS:
An organization with a mission to ensure the next generation of waterfowl hunters enjoy the same opportunity to witness natural spring, fall, and winter migrations of North American waterfowl.
An organization promoting fair chase hunting practices of North America’s migratory waterfowl.
An organization that supports American farmers, conservation organizations, and federal and state agencies working together through conservation programs aimed at restoring habitat for migratory waterfowl and other wildlife.
An organization with a mission to more clearly define what constitutes normal agricultural practices under U.S. baiting laws and regulations.
An organization opposed to commercial, hunting establishments producing commodity crops, leaving unharvested, under the guise of a normal agricultural operations, for the sole purpose of attracting and concentrating large numbers of migratory waterfowl for paying customers.