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Subscribe to our bi-monthly digital newsletter for information about the organization, great craft improvement articles, upcoming events and awards, and links to stories about travel and the outdoors by OWAC members. 

EVENTS AND AWARDS PROGRAMS

California Newt in Napa County. Photo Heather Bird

Watchable Wildlife

The California Watchable Wildlife Project celebrates the state’s wildlife and diverse habitats by acknowledging and elevating the value of wildlife viewing to benefit individuals, families, communities, and industries while fostering awareness and support for conservation and protection of wildlife and habitats.

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This program designed to recognize excellence in the field of outdoor journalism and media communications by media professionals on topics related to the outdoors. Given annually by OWAC, these awards represent the best achievements in 15 categories as established by the OWAC Board of Directors.

This awards program sees three big changes this year.

  • We’ve streamlined the program by reducing the number of categories to 15.
  • We are giving cash awards to top places in each category.
  • We are running the program on a digital platform.
Cocktails at Spring Conference in Siskiyou County. Photo: Gigi de Jong

Annual Conference

The annual OWAC conference, usually held in Spring each year, was cancelled in 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Plans for 2021 are on hold until travel and social interaction is deemed safe again. This means that we may not hold our Spring conference this year. But we’re a nimble organization and we have venues interested in hosting our next conference. So we might yet pull it off. Please subscribe to our newsletter for an announcement and other great information. 

Latest News and stories

Exploring Butte County with California Watchable Wildlife

Throughout Butte County, a wide array of feathered friends, mammals, reptiles, insects, and fish are full-time residents, making it an ideal California Watchable Wildlife (CAWW) destination. Discover red-tailed hawks, Swainson’s hawks, falcons, river otters, owls, Mexican free-tailed bats—and too many more animals to list—at Butte County’s urban parks, neighborhoods, and rivers. With its myriad of...

by Barbara Steinberg

News from OWAC President

Now that spring is in full bloom, and most people are vaccinated, and the world is sort of getting back to (the new) normal, I am heading for the hills to enjoy some hiking, fishing and lots of nature photography. And I hope all of you will be out enjoying the outdoors doing what makes...

by Carrie Wilson

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A great benefit for OWAC members is the ability to submit stories to the Blog page of our website. Send in your article via the submit form below for review and approval by the webmaster. All submissions must be your own work and, if previously published elsewhere, permission given by the publisher to post here. 

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