Long Point Waterfowl is dedicated primarily to the study and conservation of waterfowl and wetlands throughout the Great Lakes region. We are committed to supervising and supporting graduate students (M.Sc. and Ph.D.) as they conduct research on waterfowl and wetland related projects. We also provide a diversity of educational opportunities for undergraduate students through classroom training, field courses, employment, volunteering and honours projects. We also
have a Youth Hunting and Conservation Course which provides top-notch training to youth and mentors them in the appreciation of our natural resources. We are administered through Bird Studies Canada which is a registered charitable corporation.
Long Point Waterfowl Highlights
Dennis Raveling Scholarship
Matt Palumbo, PhD student with Long Point Waterfowl and Western University, was the 2nd place recipient of the California Waterfowl Association’s “Dennis Raveling Scholarship.” The Dennis Raveling Scholarship for Waterfowl Research is awarded annually to a student(s) with a desire to pursue a career in waterfowl or wetlands ecology. Awards are based on the candidate’s resolve, high academic achievement, and project merit. The California Waterfowl Association is a statewide nonprofit organization whose principal objective is the conservation of the state’s waterfowl, wetlands, and hunting heritage. CWA believes hunters have been the most important force in conserving waterfowl and wetlands. http://www.calwaterfowl.org/
Ankney & Johnson Waterfowl and Wetlands Graduate Research Scholarship Award Winners
The Dave Ankney & Sandi Johnson Waterfowl and Wetlands Graduate Research Scholarship (The Ankney Award) was established in 2013 to honour the memory of Dave and his incredible contributions to waterfowl and wetland research, and to recognize the unending support of his wife Sandi. To read more about the Ankney Award please click here. The 2015 awards were recently presented to Adam Janke (PhD student) and Megan Ross (MSc student). Please click here to read about Adam and Megan’s research projects.
Everett Hanna, a PhD candidate with Long Point Waterfowl and Western University, was chosen as the recipient of Fleming College’s 2015 Vic-President Academic’s Contract Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching. This award was presented to Everett in recognition of his consistent commitment to student learning and success, his innovative use of stimulating learning methods and opportunities, his outstanding communication and motivation skills, and his contribution to a positive learning culture and the core values of Fleming College, as a role model for students and colleagues.
Matt Palumbo, a PhD candidate with Long Point Waterfowl and Western University, was recently awarded the OFAH/Dave Ankney/Sandi Johnson Award for Avian Ecology for his study investigating habitat selection and survival of female Mallards in the Lake St. Clair region during autumn and winter. Matt was also a recipient of the California Waterfowl Association’s Dennis Raveling Scholarship, which is awarded annually to a student(s) with a desire to pursue a career in waterfowl or wetlands ecology. The award was based on Matt’s resolve, high academic achievement, and project merit. In addition, Matt received the Western University Faculty of Science Graduate Student Teaching Award in recognition of his diligence and contributions to the Wildlife Ecology and Management class at Western.
Long Point Waterfowl Students Receive Prestigious Awards for Teaching!
Matt Palumbo, PhD Candidate, was awarded the Faculty of Science Graduate Student Teaching Award from the University of Western Ontario. Matt received this award for his diligence and contributions to the Wildlife Ecology and Management course taught by Long Point Waterfowl at Western.
Everett Hanna, PhD Candidate, was awarded the Vice-President Academic’s Contract Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching from Fleming College. Everett received this award during his first full year teaching at Fleming College which is an excellent achievement. The award went to Everett for his accomplishments in teaching in the Fish and Wildlife Program in the School of Environment and Natural Resource Sciences.
Please join us in congratulating their success!
Long Point Waterfowl and the Long Point Waterfowlers’ Association Youth Hunt will be hosted Saturday, September 19th! After the creation of a Waterfowl Heritage Day throughout Ontario in 2012, Long Point Waterfowl and The Long Point Waterfowlers’ Association have sponsored a Heritage Hunt at Long Point in September for the past 4 years. The purpose of the event is to allow young hunters and apprentices between the ages of 12-17 a chance to get out hunting with experienced individuals in a safe setting.
Our 2014/15 Newsletter is now available online for viewing! Check out what Long Point Waterfowl has been up to by visiting our eNews and Yearly Newsletters page or click here to go directly to the 2014/15 Newsletter.
Check out the episode posted below from the Outdoor Channel’s American Birdhunter featuring our Mallard Tracker program (timestamp 5:50 – 9:50). While hunting with Nate Salisbury of Blackdog Guide Service in Ontario, the crew of American Birdhunter shot one of our banded hen Mallards that had a GPS unit attached to it. This hen was part of our Mallard Tracker program and this episode of American Birdhunter features the crews response to this exciting surprise!
Our Mallard Tracker program allows you to follow 20 Mallards marked with GPS telemetry units during the non breeding period. Each week we post maps of the birds daily movements, back-dated by two weeks to ensure their safety. Interested in obtaining real-time data where you can log-on and find the location of your bird? Become a sponsor in the Mallard Tracker program and receive Google Earth location fixes! To learn more about sponsoring one of our Mallard Tracker birds please contact our PhD student conducting the research, Matt Palumbo.
For more information check out our Mallard Tracker page.
Thanks to American Birdhunter for the great footage!
Interested in learning more about research done by Long Point Waterfowl and partners? Check out this video on a Mallard Nesting Program on the Flyway Foundation’s website. This video features research completed by a past LPW student, Jeremy Stempka, during his MSc. See the situation for Jeremy’s work below.
Stempka, J. J. 2009. Factors influencing utilization of artificial nesting cylinders by Mallards and Wood Ducks in Northwest Pennsylvania and Southern Ontario. M.Sc. Thesis. University of Western Ontario. London, Ontario. PDF
Mallard Tracker Update:
This week’s updated maps show our very first Mallard migrating out of the Lake St. Clair region! This exciting development, along with the movements of our other Mallard Tracker birds, can be viewed by visiting our Mallard Tracker page.
To learn more about our program or to become a sponsor please contact the project lead, Matt Palumbo.
Report on Waterfowl in Ontario’s Boreal Region was recently published by one of LPW’s Scientific Advisory Committee members, Dr. Ken Abraham.
Dr. Abraham is an Emeritus Research Scientist with the OMNR Wildlife Research and Monitoring Section and an Adjunct Professor at Trent University. His recent report completed for Duck Unlimited Canada examines the relationship between waterfowl and wetlands in the Hudson and James Bay.
In celebration of our 25th Anniversary, Long Point Waterfowl hosted two new and exciting events this fall. Our Sponsor’s Dinner was held on Friday, October 3rd at Burning Kiln Winery. This chic event included an evening of wine and food pairings, silent and live auctions, and a special raffle for a Beretta A400 12 gauge shotgun. Our Inaugural St. Clair Fundraiser Dinner was held on Saturday, October 25th at the Bradley Convention Centre in Chatham. This grass roots event was a big hit in a region with such strong ties to waterfowling and research.