One man’s science project is another man’s duck l’orange…

The National FFA Organization (FFA), and the National Rifle Association (NRA), are proud to announce Joe Luis Alves, Jr. of Los Banos, CA, as the winner of FFA’s Proficiency Award in Wildlife Production and Management – Placement.

Alves, a member of the Los Banos FFA Chapter, became eligible for the national award after winning the California state FFA competition earlier this year. Working with the California Waterfowl Association, Alves took part in a grassland duck banding project. A 2001 graduate of Los Banos High School, Alves is now a biological assistant with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Hunters, who then proceeded to kill all the banded ducks, are requested to return the bands to NRA headquarters for in exchange for stylish T-shirts, novelty salt & pepper shakers, and children’s hot cocoa mugs.

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