Dr. C. Davison Ankney - University of Western Ontario (retired) – Chair
Before he retired, Dave was a Professor of Zoology at the University of Western Ontario where he taught Ecological Adaptations of Birds and Wildlife Ecology and Management. He and his graduate and honours students have published about 150 peer-reviewed papers on birds, primarily waterfowl.
Dave is a Fellow of the American Ornithologist’s Union, Past-President of the Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunter’s, former member of the Long Point Biosphere Board, and currently chairs the Scientific Advisory Committee of Long Point Waterfowl. He was instrumental in the successful reintroduction of Wild Turkeys to Ontario and a driving force behind attempts to deal with the problem of over-abundant white goose populations in North America, the latter resulting in him receiving the Ducks Unlimited “Wetland Conservation Achievement Award” in 1997.
Dave, his wife Sandi, and their Labrador Retrievers live on Long Point, but spend the winter in Rockport, TX, where they enjoy duck hunting, birding, and fishing and where, several years ago, he was proud to add the 500th bird (Snowy Plover) to his Life List.
Dr. Ken Abraham - Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources
Ken is wildlife research scientist with the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources based in Peterborough, Ontario, and has represented Ministry of Natural Resources on the Long Point Waterfowl Science Advisory Committee since 1994. His research focuses primarily on waterfowl, shorebirds and other wetland birds; reproductive ecology, habitat ecology, and abundance with a special emphasis on Hudson Bay Lowland ecosystem in Ontario’s Far North.
Dr. Shannon Badzinski - Canadian Wildlife Service
Shannon received his B.Sc. in Wildlife Biology with an emphasis in Waterfowl and Wetland Ecology from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point in 1995. He then came to Canada to attend the University of Western Ontario where he received his M.Sc. in 1998 after studying the growth and development of Canada Geese and Lesser Snow Geese on Akimiski Island, Nunavut. Shannon remained at the University of Western Ontario and began his doctoral research in 1998, which involved studying staging ecology and behaviour of Tundra Swans. His dissertation specifically evaluated the influences that Tundra Swans had on aquatic vegetation and other staging waterfowl at Long Point, and received his Ph.D. in 2003. From 2003 to 2010, he was employed at Bird Studies Canada as Long Point Waterfowl’s Scientist. Currently, Shannon is a Waterfowl Biologist in Ontario Region with Environment Canada / Canadian Wildlife Service specializing in Great Lakes-related waterfowl issues where he is a member of the Sea Duck Joint Venture Continental Technical Team and Ontario Waterfowl Advisory Committee and associate of the Environment Canada Waterfowl Technical Committee. Shannon’s professional and research interests include behavioural ecology and staging/wintering ecology of waterfowl and other waterbirds.
Dr. Rod Brook - Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources
Rod Brook is a wildlife biologist with over 15 years of experience working across the Northwest Territories, Nunavut and the Hudson Bay Lowlands. He has studied arctic breeding goose and duck populations in the north and has interests in their population dynamics and in community ecology of arctic and northern boreal ecosystems. Rod is currently working in the Wildlife Research and Development Section for the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources.
Mr. Darrell Dennis - Canadian Wildlife Service (retired)
Darrell was born in 1940 and grew up on a farm near St Thomas Ontario. He graduated from University of Toronto in 1963 With a BSA in Honors Chemistry and from the University of Guelph in 1965 with an MSc in Wildlife Management specializing in cover type selection by Ruffed Grouse as it relates to Microclimate.
Darrell became employed with the Canadian Wildlife Service in 1965 and retired in 1995. While employed by the Canadian Wildlife Service Darrel was involved with the purchase of national wildlife areas such as Big Creek, the transfer of the Long Point property, aerial surveys to document the importance of Great Lakes shoreline wetlands to waterfowl, spring waterfowl breeding surveys, introduced Canada Goose management especially along the Toronto waterfront, the influence of Mallards on the decline of Black ducks, Waterfowl banding programs as well as a variety of other activities. It was his suggestion that caused the Canadian Wildlife Service to initiate the Long Point waterfowl and wetlands fund.
Since retirement Darrell has been involved with farming and a lumber business specializing in Black Walnut as well as a variety of volunteer activities. As well he still does some contract work for the Canadian Wildlife Service.
Mr. Jim Devries - Ducks Unlimited Research Biologist
Jim is a Regional Research Biologist with Ducks Unlimited Canada’s Institute for Wetland and Waterfowl Research based out of their national office at Oak Hammock Marsh, Manitoba. Jim is originally from Calgary, Alberta but spent much of his youth on a farm in Saskatchewan. Jim received his B.Sc. in Wildlife Biology at the University of Montana, his M.Sc. at Oregon State University, and has been with Ducks Unlimited Canada for 18 years. Much of Jim’s work at Ducks Unlimited focuses on designing and conducting research to evaluate the effectiveness of Ducks Unlimited/North American Waterfowl Management Plan’s habitat programs in Prairie Canada, constructing biological models to aid in program planning, and communicating the results of research to Ducks Unlimited staff and the broader scientific community.
Dr. George Finney - Bird Studies Canada
George was born and raised in the Niagara Region in southwestern Ontario. He completed his undergraduate and graduate studies at Queen’s University. George graduated from Queen’s with a Doctorate in Ornithology having worked with Snow Geese for his Ph.D. After completion of his degrees, George worked for 28 years with the Canadian Wildlife Service, during which he worked as Regional Director in Atlantic Canada for 19 years. George joined Bird Studies Canada in 2004 and has been President of Bird Studies Canada for the past seven years.
Mr. Shawn Meyer - Canadian Wildlife Service
Shawn received a B.Sc. from the University of Guelph in 1998 and completed a M.Sc. with Long Point Waterfowl and the University of Western Ontario in 2003. His thesis focused on the use of Phragmites Australis by migratory birds, amphibians and small mammals at Long Point, Ontario. Currently, Shawn is a waterfowl biologist with the Canadian Wildlife Service, Ontario Region. He is a member of the Black Duck Joint Venture, Ontario Eastern Habitat Joint Venture, and Environment Canada Waterfowl Technical Steering Committees. Shawn’s professional and research interests include Black Duck ecology, marsh birds, and wetland management.