Who we are

The Pacific Flyway Decoy Association is a non-profit art association dedicated to the preservation of wildfowl art through education.  Decoy carving is an original American art form beginning with the hunting decoy.  What started out as functional art has evolved to include all birds of the world.  The carvings and fine art have evolved to an artistic level where the bird appears alive.  There are carving associations all along the eastern coast of the United States but there are only three associations on the west coast…. Ours being the PFDA Classic held annually in Sacramento.  The show includes fine art from the top wildfowl artists from the west coast.   Other parts of the show include traditional decoy carving, as well as, decorative life size sculptures and miniature carvings.  Antique decoys make up the third component of the show.

The Pacific Flyway Decoy Association began in 1971 after a couple of years as a swap meet for hunters who were carving their own decoys.  A couple of “get-togethers” were in parking lots in the town of Martinez and then the 1971 event in Berkeley became the origin of our competitive show.  The founders of our event are affectionately known as the “Tule Rats”.  This quickly became an annual show, slowly leaving the hunter behind and making way for the artists.  The association moved its show to Santa Rosa for about eight years, then moved to Sacramento, in 1982, where it continues to this day.   Profits raised by the association help support the California Federal Junior Duck Stamp competition, and the CWA Art Camp.  Aside from supporting these programs we provide museum displays, seminars for beginners and advanced carvers, and “artist in action” programs.  Our major objectives as a nonprofit are to host an annual art show in the Sacramento area emphasizing the beauty of our native bird population, and to educate the public about an original American art form…. decoy carving.

In 1999, U.S. Congressman Mike Thompson selected the Pacific Flyway Decoy Association as a “Legacy Project”.  These projects were snapshots of “Americana” at the end of the century.  Our project consisted of a club history focusing on the spin-off art shows and other competitions along the west coast that can be attributed to the Pacific Flyway Decoy Association.  Our club history is now in the archives of the Library of Congress.

In 2005, the association was approved as a 501 C 3 non-profit educational organization.

What We Do

As a 501c3 non-profit, with an education platform, the PFDA provides a multitude of opportunities to educate its members, and the public about an original American art form, the hand carved decoy.  The PFDA annually staffs “booth days” at bird festivals and other art related events.  This gives us an opportunity to promote the organization, the annual show, and demonstrate bird carving and painting.  Starting each November and ending in May, the PFDA teaches one day and two day carving seminars for beginners. 

Annually, the PFDA produces three newsletters featuring information about carving, painting, and collecting.  All of our instructional effort culminates each July at the annual show held at the Double Tree Hotel in Sacramento.  The show features carving and painting competitions, and advanced seminars presented by master carvers.  With our efforts, we can continue to enjoy an American heritage that began with the hand carved decoy.

Recent News

2016 PFDA Wildfowl Art Festival Date Announcement

If you were unable to attend the show this year, plan on attending next year.
46th Wildlife Art Festival will be held on
July 9 and July 10, 2016
at the Double Tree Hotel
Sacramento, California

Select the following link to view the latest edition of the PFDA Newsletter: 2015 Spring PFDA Newsletter

2015 Pacific Flyway Decoy Association Show Results

Upcoming Events

18th Chesapeake Wildfowl Expo
Ocean City, Maryland
October 10, 2015

Sandhill Crane Festival
Lodi, CA
November 6-8, 2015

Easton Waterfowl Festival
Easton, Maryland
November 13-15, 2015

Central Valley Birding Symposium
Stockton, California
Nov 21-24, 2015

Snow Goose Festival
Chico, California
January 20-24, 2016

PSWA California Open
San Diego, California
February 13-14, 2016

Yolo Bypass Duck Days
Davis, California
February 2016

21st Godwit Days
Arcata, California
April 13-19, 2016

46th Ward World Championship
Ocean City, Maryland
April 22-24, 2016

46th PFDA Wildfowl Art Festival
Sacramento, CA
July 9-10, 2016