Long Point Waterfowl hosted our 2nd Annual Fundraising Dinner on Saturday, April 27th at The Greens at Renton.
The dinner was a tremendous success; completely sold out, with over 180 people in attendance! The evening included a gourmet meal, open bar, special raffles, and live and silent auctions featuring original art and carvings, exclusive hunts and safaris, photo tours, eco-adventures and fishing packages.
Long Point Waterfowl is committed to studying the ecology and requirements of waterfowl throughout the lower Great lakes. We conduct science-based research and education to help sustain healthy wetlands, waterfowl populations and our hunting heritage. All funds raised from the dinner will be used by Long Point Waterfowl to support our research, conservation, education and outdoor heritage programs in southern Ontario.
We have set Saturday, May 3, 2014 as the tentative date for our 3rd Annual Fundraising Dinner. Thanks again to all involved, we hope to see you out again next year!
6th North American Duck Symposium/Ecology and Conservation of North American Waterfowl Conference
Long Point Waterfowl students and staff recently attended the 6th North American Duck Symposium in Memphis, Tennessee, USA, 27 January – 1 February 2013. The symposium featured experts addressing the (1) state of our understanding of the ecology and conservation of waterfowl, and (2) future needs to sustain waterfowl populations, their habitats, and hunting. In total, Long Point Waterfowl had a substantial presence at this gathering of North America’s premier waterfowl scientists and managers with involvement in 15 presentations and posters. Long Point Waterfowl staff and students networked with colleagues throughout the week, strengthened and developed new research and conservation partnerships, advanced the Long Point Waterfowl mission, and helped ensure the future of North America’s waterfowl and wetland resources and heritage for future generations. Please click here to see a list of presentations given by Long Point Waterfowl staff and students.
Second Annual Duck Day
Long Point Waterfowl’s 2012 Duck Day was a booming success with over 500 attendees, plus 50 local conservation organizations and dedicated volunteers. During this years Duck Day approximately 250 children left with arms full of self painted decoys, duck cut outs, waterfowl identification keys, duck calls and much more. Conservation groups in attendance included local Conservation Areas, Ducks Unlimited, OFAH, and National Wild Turkey Federation; you could also find local art and activities such as pottery, boating, decoy carving and fishing around the property. The day was filled with events such as raptor displays, dog trials, nature walks, indoor hunting trials and an entire Kids Zone. Attendees were also able to munch on free hotdogs and sausages as you wandered throughout the property. If you are interested in attending our 2013 Duck Day or setting up a display please contact Greg Dunn, our Communications Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org. To see more photos from the event please visit our Picture Gallery.
Long Point Waterfowl’s First Annual Fundraiser Dinner
Long Point Waterfowl hosted our Inaugural Fundraising Dinner on Saturday, April 28th at The Greens at Renton.
The dinner was a tremendous success; completely sold out, with over 180 people in attendance! The evening included a gourmet meal, live auction, silent auction, special raffles and several gifts for participants.
Long Point Waterfowl is committed to studying the ecology and requirements of waterfowl throughout the lower Great Lakes. We conduct science-based research and education to help sustain healthy wetlands, waterfowl populations and our hunting heritage. All funds raised from the dinner will be used by Long Point Waterfowl to support our research, conservation, education and outdoor heritage programs in southern Ontario.
We have set Saturday, April 27th 2013 as the date for our 2nd Annual Fundraising Dinner.
Waterfowl and Wetlands Research, Management and Conservation in the Lower Great Lakes: “Partners Forum 2012”
Long Point Waterfowl hosted this three day meeting at their Research & Education Centre on May 22-24. Over 50 waterfowl/wetland biologists, scientists and stakeholders attended the forum, including representatives from Michigan and Ohio DNR, Ducks Unlimited Inc. and DU Canada, Ontario MNR, Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Long Point Waterfowl, Winous Point Marsh Conservancy, Illinois Natural History (Bellrose Lab), the Ontario Phragmites Control Working Group, Long Point Waterfowler’s Association, Bradley’s Marsh and the Upper Mississippi/Great Lakes Joint Venture. Graduate students from Long Point Waterfowl, Michigan State University, Minnesota State University and Ohio State University also participated.
Day one of the Partners Forum started with a 3hr tour of Long Point wetlands and discussions about waterfowl habitat initiatives of the region. Dinner that night and throughout the Partners Forum was provided by local JP Mooney Barbeque Catering. Day two was filled with talks that included topics such as restoration of Great Lakes coastal wetlands, Phragmites and mute swan control measures, harvest derivation of mallards in the Great Lakes region, and habitat management for migrating and winter waterfowl in the Great Lakes. On the final day of the meeting the group discussed how collaboration might enable greater progress towards control of Phragmites and mute swans, as well as research and management partnerships that would strengthen our understanding of the needs of waterfowl in the Great Lakes region and provide science-based guidance to waterfowl conservation.
Long Point Waterfowl hosts first Duck Day on September 25, 2011
Duck Day was our first annual open house at the Research and Education Centre and it was a great success. There were over 500 people in attendance, 25 vendors and conservation organizations and a pavilion filled with kids games and events. Long Point Waterfowl wanted to host Duck Day in order to familiarize everyone with the research we are involved in as well as to show them what goes on at the Research and Education Centre. We find that everyone would recognize the sign or know us as the old Junior Rangers Camp and wanted to increase awareness of the great opportunities that lay in wait at the Research and Education Centre.
Events throughout the day included retriever demonstrations, nature walks for kids and adults, decoy carving demonstrations, a raptor display, and duck and turkey calling demonstrations. Long Point Waterfowl staff put on presentations about our research, the importance of the Great Lakes, improperly placed industrial wind turbines, and waterfowl identification. Dr. Scott Petrie also presented awards along with the mayor to a dedicated professional and volunteer who has contributed significantly to Long Point Waterfowl in the past year. Last but not least there were many kids events hosted during the day, which included decoy painting, a duck identification quiz, a scavenger hunt, and a touch table where they could learn about the local wildlife.
Duck Day is going to be an annual event hosted the fourth Sunday of September (day after the duck opener) every year. It is a great opportunity to learn about all of the different activities in the Norfolk region and the conservation work that is going on with Long Point Waterfowl and the many other groups in the region. We would like to thank everyone involved for such a successful day and hope to see you all out again next year! Please contact our REC Manager at email@example.com if you would like to be involved with Duck Day in the future.
It was a great opportunity for the Long Point Waterfowlers’ Association to showcase the hunting and conservation aspects of what we do.
I know these sorts of events take all sorts of planning, imagination and tons of hard work so again, congratulations to you all and please count the Long Point Waterfowlers’ Association in for 2012.”
Mr. Jim Malcom
President of the Long Point Waterfowlers’ Association
Long Point Waterfowl Co-hosts the 5th North American Duck Symposium – August 17th-21st 2009
The North American Duck Symposium and Workshop is a forum for scientists, biologists, managers, and students who are passionate about the conservation and management of ducks. Building on the success of four previous symposia, Long Point Waterfowl and the University of Guelph co-hosted the 5th North American Duck Symposium and Workshop (NADS 5) in Toronto, Ontario, from 17 – 21 August 2009.
NADS 5 was held in the Great Lakes Basin, one of North America’s premier waterfowl staging regions and, as we are now learning, an important wintering and breeding area, which makes it’s theme – “Duck Research and Management in a Changing World” – timely. Sitting poised on the threshold of the most significant revisions to the North American Waterfowl Management Plan since its inception almost 25 years ago, symposium participants heard about the “new frontier” of duck research and management in Canada’s boreal forest; “big picture” threats to, and opportunities for, foods for ducks; lessons learned from management-by-experiment; and new ideas for stakeholder input to coherent harvest and habitat management.
NADS 5 has reinforced that, today, perhaps as never before, waterfowl management faces significant challenges resulting from key scientific uncertainties about the effects of drivers of duck population change in fast-changing ecological and social arenas. We invite you to explore this website to see the exciting mix of workshops, invited plenary lectures, poster presentations, and papers that addressed the cutting edge conservation issues that contributed to the science content of NADS 5.
To view and dowload abstracts for all oral and poster presentations browse the various menus within the Science Program link, or view the condensed version of the week’s activities by downloading the NADS 5 Program. The NADS 5 Photo Archive contains several slideshow galleries of pictures taken by photographer Theodore Smith during the week of NADS 5 in 2009.
Be sure to also visit The NADS Archive to obtain symposium proceedings and other important information about previous NADS.
Long Point Waterfowl staff and graduate students are attending and presenting at the 6th North American Duck Symposium, to be held end of January 2013 in Tennessee.