The Origin of the Lake Plains Waterfowl Association 
The following story is taken from the LPWA 25th Anniversary Banquet Booklet:

In the fall of 1951, a banded mallard drake made the mistake of circling over Herb Haddleton's decoys in the woods on the south shore of Cranberry Pond northwest of Rochester, N.Y.   That band was put on the bird by the Northeast Waterfowl Club of Watertown, N.Y., which subsequently replied to Herb's inquiry and challenged him with a $5.00 bill to " ... get a club going in your area".   That unique set of circumstances led to the formation of the Lake Plains Waterfowl Association, which celebrates its 25th anniversary in 1977.


footnote:  LPWA still has the duck band that started it all.  LPWA will be celibrated it's 50th Anniversary in 2002. 
LPWA Members Raising Mallards in the late 1950's

(Left to Right) Dave Beadling, Gary VanNoy, George VanNoy (dec), Herbert Naber (dec), Bill Zimmerli (dec), Ed Engle (dec)
LPWA Members Releasing Banded Mallards in the 
late 1950's in the marshes of the Braddock Bay area

(Left to Right) Herbert Naber(dec.), Bill Zimmerli (dec.), Ed Engle (dec),
Gary VanNoy, Dave Beadling, George VanNoy (dec)
AND STILL CARRYING ON OUR WORK IN THE NEW MILLENIUM
LPWA's CONSERVATION EFFORTS IN THE 1950's
Tom Flaherty Performing Winter Inspection/Cleaning  on a LPWA Wood Duck Nesting Box - March 2004
Bill Morrison Performing Winter Inspection on a LPWA Wood Duck Nesting Box - March 2004
What did you find Bill?
Why Bill, that's not a wood duck!  That's an owl!

Now here is a hen wood duck in a happy home!