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 also 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

Long Point Waterfowl’s staff and volunteers have decided that we will continue to host our very popular Duck Day Celebration, but that we will change it from an annual event to a bi-annual event, beginning in 2015.

The date for our next improved and expanded Duck Day Celebration has been set for Sunday, September 20, 2015. Information about the event will be posted on our website and social media sites and distributed through our eNews by June 2015.

To read about Duck Day 2013, and see some photos from the event, please click here.


Long Point Waterfowl and The Long Point Waterfowlers’ Association’s sponsored Heritage Hunt will be hosted on Saturday, September 20th! This event includes a BBQ dinner for youth and mentors Friday, overnight accommodation, a presentation about our research and hunting programs, instructions on firearm safety and rules and regulations, a demonstration on goose calling and decoy placement, and of course a mentored hunt within the Long Point Waterfowl Management Unit.

Want to join other Youth Hunts in the area? Check out the Middlesex, Perth and Elgin Stewardship Council’s Youth Hunting Days.


Interested in learning more about Long Point Waterfowl? Check out this 60 minute podcast by Angler and Hunter Radio focusing on our Youth Hunting and Conservation Course, our Research and Education Centre, and some of the ongoing research conducted by Long Point Waterfowl.


Long Point Waterfowl is pleased to announce the establishment of a Lake St. Clair Chapter of Long Point Waterfowl. This team of volunteers will work together to host our first Lake St. Clair Inaugural Dinner this fall at the Bradley Convention Centre in Chatham. All funds raised at this dinner will be put toward our Lake St. Clair Initiative research conducted by PhD student Matt Palumbo. Matt will be placing GPS telemetry units on mallards this fall, to help support this research please check out our Mallard Tracker program!



Wood Duck tracking is going great with 40 hens implanted with radio transmitters. Several hens have completed their 30-day post hatch monitoring process and you can find out all about their breeding season by visiting our Adopt-A-Hen page!
Please consider supporting this important and exciting research by participating in our Adopt-A-Hen promotion where you receive weekly updates, pictures and much more!


Thanks to those who helped celebrate our 25th Anniversary and the many contributions of Long Point Waterfowl’s research at this years Annual Fundraising Dinner. The dinner was a smashing success thanks to our many volunteers, staff, students and supporters!

To check out pictures from the event or to read more about our dinner visit our Facebook page or see our Past Events page.



Check out a recent technical report by LPW PhD Candidate Everett Hanna et al. entitled “Migratory chronology, autumn recruitment, and population size of Eastern Population Sandhill Cranes (Grus canadensis) from the North Shore Region of Lake Huron, Ontario, Canada.


Long Point Waterfowl makes an impressive showing at the 2014 Ontario Federations of Anglers and Hunters Annual Conference with three of our graduate students receiving scholarship awards and our Executive Director Dr. Scott Petrie being honoured with a prestigious conservation leadership award. Moreover, our Biologist Ted Barney demonstrated to youth from the Get Outdoors group on waterfowl decoying and hunting. Visit our Staff and Student Involvement page to learn more.



CTV News Report: Frozen Great Lakes deadly for ducks, conservationists say. On Sunday, March 23rd, Dr. Scott Petrie and Ted Barney discussed the impacts of the harsh 2013/14 winter on waterfowl on CTV News.
Ted Barney, a biologist with Long Point Waterfowl, said many of the dead birds had relied on their own body mass to stay alive. ”And they get to a point where there is no more muscle mass left for them to use as energy,” Barney told CTV Kitchener.
Click here to read the article and watch the news clip.



Check out Long Point Waterfowl’s 2013 Newsletter.

Check out Long Point Waterfowl’s Avian Energetics Lab and Research and Education Centre.


“A Society is defined not only by what it creates, but what it refuses to destroy”
John Sawhill : Nature Conservancy

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