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
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!
Great 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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’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.
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.