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
LPW has a great showing at the North American Duck Symposium
Staff and students from Long Point Waterfowl attended the 7th North American Duck Symposium in early February 2016. This symposium draws together researchers, government, non-government conservation organizations, and industry representatives to address shared priorities for waterfowl and wetland conservation and management. We had 4 oral and 2 poster presentations with LPW affiliations at the symposium. Of which Matt Dyson (Western University) won 2nd place for the best MSc oral presentation and Elyse Iemola (SUNY ESF) won the best undergraduate poster award. With 430 attendees and many of them students, this was a huge accomplishment, the competition was abundant.
Robin Churchill, MSc, defends thesis at Western University
Robin Churchill successfully defended his Masters thesis entitled “Seasonal and long-term (1995-2009) changes in distribution and abundance of submerged aquatic vegetation and Dreissenid mussels in Inner Long Point Bay, Lake Erie.”
Invasion by Dreissenid (zebra) mussels can cause rapid increases in the abundance of submerged aquatic vegetation (SAV) by increasing water clarity and altering nutrient cycling, but rapid expansion of the mussel population is often followed by a decline until a new regional carrying capacity is reached. I sampled Long Point Bay (LPB), Lake Erie, in 2009 to quantify changes in SAV communities and densities of zebra mussels since the peak of the latter in the early 1990s, and modeled influences of year, water depth, and substrate type on the probability of SAV detection. Robin detected that carrying capacity of LPB for waterfowl and other fish and wildlife that use and eat SAV and mussels increased during the mid-1990s, but has since decreased.
Robin is employed as a Biologist at Predator Bird Services where he clears wildlife dangers at airports and landfills using trained birds of prey.
Sponsoring Hens with Mallard Tracker
Do you enjoy following Mallard Tracker this fall and looking for a way to get more involved? Consider sponsoring one of our GPS equipped Mallards for exclusive access to movement and survival information on your duck and other sponsored birds through our Mallard Tracker Sponsors Program. Sponsoring a Mallard will not only mean a featured biography of you or your sponsored group on our Mallard Tracker page and access to follow the birds daily movements in Google Earth, but it will also include receiving a tax receipt for your donation to Long Point Waterfowl’s research.
By following the hens in Google Earth, you can see every individual movement tracked for each sponsored bird that our GPS units record. Location data will be posted with a one-week delay to ensure the safety of our birds. These Google Earth maps
are interactive and allow users to zoom in/out and click each point to determine information such as time of day, date and follow these movements to the bird’s next location. To give you an idea of the information available, we have included a screenshot of the Google Earth maps available to sponsors in this post. This specific map is of NODU26 named Joy, Joy is sponsored by the Southwest Outdoors Club, who are also featured in the photo at the beginning of this article.
Interested in learning more? Visit our Mallard Tracker page and email Matt Palumbo at firstname.lastname@example.org and get your exclusive access today!
Dr. Michael Schummer to serve as Interim Scientist for Long Point Waterfowl
Long Point Waterfowl has named Dr. Michael Schummer as Interim Scientist to sustain the organizations strong tradition of delivering waterfowl and wetlands science in the Great Lakes region and towards training the next generation of waterfowl and wetlands scientists. The Honourable Warren Winkler, Chair of the Long Point Waterfowl Board of Directors and former Chief Justice of Ontario, says, “Of utmost importance is re-affirming Long Point Waterfowl’s dedication to science in the Great Lakes region and continuing to promote university-based investigation of emerging conservation issues wherever Long Point birds go.” Dr. Schummer was among the original cohort of graduate students at Long Point Waterfowl where he studied the ecology of sea ducks and diving ducks wintering at Lake Ontario. He went on to become one of the most published students funded by Long Point Waterfowl. Since completion of his doctoral degree, he has authored or co-authored over 50% of Long Point Waterfowl’s peer-reviewed publications, served as the Waterfowl Biologist for the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife 2005-2007, served as Maine’s representative on the Atlantic Flyway Technical Section 2005-2007, was a Research and Teaching Associate for Mississippi State University 2007-2010, and he again worked alongside the Long Point Waterfowl community 2010-2013. “Quality science and the education of the next generation of scientists are paramount to refining our conservation actions for waterfowl, wetlands, and people” Schummer said. Since inception, Long Point Waterfowl has been a strong contributor towards applied science for waterfowl and wetlands in eastern North America. Long Point Waterfowl is currently funding and/or providing guidance for 4 ongoing graduate research projects and developing manuscripts and technical documents from a diversity of completed projects. Current LPW students also continue to be supervised by Scott Petrie, Adjunct Professor at Western University. Among others, former students and employees of Long Point Waterfowl can be found working for the Canadian Wildlife Service, Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources, Ducks Unlimited Canada, Ducks Unlimited Inc., California Waterfowl Association, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, Pennsylvania Game Commission, a diversity of Canadian and US universities, and private environmental consulting and laboratory businesses. Dr. Schummer ends with “Waterfowl and wetlands in eastern North America have benefited from Long Point Waterfowl’s science-presence in the Great Lakes region”. Science products by Long Point Waterfowl are complimented by the substantial contributions of private and public affiliates in Canada and the US that do exceptionally well to raise funds aimed at on-the-ground conservation, restoration, and management of wetland habitat. Dr. Schummer is a Visiting Professor of Zoology at SUNY Oswego, Adjunct Professor at the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, and Adjunct Professor at the University of Western Ontario. He lives with his wife on their farm in Jordan, NY in the middle of the Finger Lakes region with their two retrievers…a Chesapeake and a Labrador.
To contact Mike, email at email@example.com
New LPW Publication: Waterfowl and Wetlands of the Lake St. Clair Region
Long Point Waterfowl has recently released their newest publication entitled Waterfowl and Wetlands of the Lake St. Clair Region: present conditions and future options for research and conservation. The goal of this document was to summarize research related to waterfowl and wetlands at Lake St. Clair, one of the most important wetland complexes to waterfowl in the Great Lakes. Much of the landscape within the Lake St. Clair region has been drastically altered through wetland drainage, conservation to agricultural lads, recreational disturbance, urbanization, and industrial development. By consolidating the most recent information on the Lake St. Clair region, we hope to increase awareness of the current issues affecting conservation and to attract further research and conservation to the region.
To read this document, please click here. To purchase the book of this document, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Mallard Tracker is Back!!
Mallard Tracker is part of a research initiative to gather information about mallard hen movements and habitat selection within the Lake St. Clair region as part of Matt Palumbo’s PhD research. This year you can visit our website to follow movements from 45 mallards from September – January (40 mallards marked with GPS transmitters by Long Point Waterfowl and another 5 hens marked by Winous Point Marsh Conservancy).
Interested individuals or groups can sponsor a hen Mallard equipped with a GPS transmitter for $1,000. Sponsors will receive exclusive updates to track movements and survival of their duck and other sponsored birds in addition to personally naming their duck and receiving a tax receipt. If you are interested in sponsoring one of our hens check out the attached flyer and please email Matt Palumbo at email@example.com.
New LPW Publication Released Early Online
Long Point Waterfowl’s PhD student Everett Hanna recently published a paper in the Journal of Fish and Wildlife Management based upon methods from his research on cranes at Manitoulin Island. The paper is titled “Evaluation of a vacuum technique to estimate abundance of waste barley” and addresses the blower vacuum collection technique used at Manitoulin Island to estimate food abundance for sandhill cranes. To view this paper and others published by Long Point Waterfowl please visit our paper publications page.
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!
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!