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

Screen Shot 2015-01-28 at 1.33.25 PMCheck 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.

Check out the American Birdhunter Facebook page or learn more about American Birdhunter and other shows featured on the Outdoor Channel.

Thanks to American Birdhunter for the great footage!

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Screen Shot 2014-12-04 at 10.26.59 AMInterested 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 our Communications Manager, Greg Dunn.



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.



Long Point Waterfowl will no longer be posting Migration Forecasts for the 2013/14 season. Please stay tuned as we update and refine our migration models for the 2015-2016 season which may be available at this web page or elsewhere. To view archives from previous years please
click here.

Thank you for your support and we hope you have a safe and successful 2014-2015 waterfowl season!



Matt and Shane with NODU 10Great relationship built between Long Point Waterfowl and the model hunters and conservationists of the crew from the American Birdhunter television show.
On opening day of the regular waterfowl season, crew members from American Birdhunter were filming in the historic marshes of Lake St. Clair, Ontario. While filming a morning hunt, everyone was treated to a great surprise when one of their trusty retrievers recovered a harvested Mallard with some extra hardware….a GPS backpack transmitter! One of Long Point Waterfowl’s Mallard Tracker ducks had been harvested. Visit our Returned Transmitter page to learn the whole story.
If you happen to harvest one of our Mallard Tracker birds, please contact Matt Palumbo at mpalumb7@uwo.ca.




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.



Lake St. Clair Mallard Research Update:

All 20 adult hens have been successfully equipped with GPS telemetry units to track their movements, habitat selection and survival!  To learn more about this exciting research and see what these ducks are getting up to, check out our Mallard Tracker program or read an article from the Wallaceburg Courier Press.

From the Lake St. Clair region? Make sure to attend our first Lake St. Clair Inaugural Dinner this fall at the Bradley Convention Centre in Chatham. The dinner is on Saturday, October 25th and will include a live and silent auction. All funds raised at this dinner will be put toward our Lake St. Clair Initiative research conducted by PhD student Matt Palumbo.



Long Point Waterfowl is proud to acknowledge the promotion of PhD Student, Everett Hanna, to the position of Sessional Professor of Applied Wildlife Science at Sir Sandford Fleming College (SSFC).  Everett has been studying the migratory and foraging ecology of Sandhill Cranes on Manitoulin Island with Long Point Waterfowl since 2009 and is now in the final stages of his degree at the University of Western Ontario in London. In fall 2014, Everett is teaching Field Ornithology, Wildlife Technologies and Vertebrate Biology.  All three second year courses are offered as part of the Fish and Wildlife program at SSFC’s Frost campus in Lindsay, Ontario. To learn more visit our Staff and Student Involvement Page.



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.




Check out Long Point Waterfowl’s 2013 Newsletter.

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


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John Sawhill : Nature Conservancy

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