Mallard Tracker

To sponsor a hen please contact Matt Palumbo, the project lead at mpalumb7@uwo.ca

Thank you for checking out Long Point Waterfowl’s Mallard Tracker program. Mallard Tracker is part of a research initiative by Long Point Waterfowl to gather information about mallard hen movements and habitat selection within the Lake St. Clair region as part of Matt Palumbo’s PhD research. To learn more about this research visit our About Mallard Tracker page or see a summary of Matt’s research here.

By visiting this page, you will be able to follow monthly updates of mallard hen movements from September 2015 – January 2016. This year we will have maps from 40 mallard hens with transmitters marked by Long Point Waterfowl (August and September 2015) and another 5 hens marked by Winous Point Marsh Conservancy (July and August 2015).  The mallards marked by LPW will be marked at Lake St. Clair and the hens marked by Winous Conservancy are marked at Winous Point, a marsh complex about 115 km south of the eastern shore of Lake St. Clair. Long Point Waterfowl and Winous Point Marsh Conservancy have collaborated in our mallard tracking research to address similar questions on mallard habitat selection and survival within the Great Lakes. In fact, one of Long Point Waterfowl’s marked hens spent time in a marsh at Winous Point during its southward migration! Make sure to keep checking back for updates throughout the season.

 

Sponsor a Hen

To help support our research on mallard habitat selection and survival within the Great Lakes, Long Point Waterfowl has developed the Mallard Tracker program. Interested individuals or groups can sponsor a hen Mallard equipped with a GPS transmitter for $1,000. Sponsors will receive exclusive updates to track movements and survival of their duck and other sponsored birds in addition to personally naming their duck and receiving a tax receipt. If you are interested in sponsoring one of our hens please email Matt Palumbo at mpalumb7@uwo.ca.

 

Returning Transmitters

If you happen to harvest one of our Mallard Tracker birds, please contact Matt Palumbo at mpalumb7@uwo.ca.  By returning the transmitter you will provide Long Point Waterfowl with valuable technology that can then be redeployed on another Mallard. We will provide replica transmitters to all hunters for their mounts.

Check out this story about the crew of American Bird Hunter TV harvesting and returning one of LPW’s Mallard Tracker ducks.

 

 

Mallard Movements 

Check out the maps at the bottom of the page for weekly updates of our Mallard movements. These maps will track all 45 Mallards fitted with GPS transmitters throughout their fall migration. Maps will be updated at the first of each month – be sure to keep an eye to see what they get up to!

All map updates will be delayed by 1 week to ensure the safety of our Mallards and to reduce potential disturbance. Feel free to scroll through each map section to see how the Mallards move throughout the season. To see a summary of movements from our 2014/15 birds please visit our Archived Data page.

 

Sponsors Page

Password protected access for interactive mapping of sponsored hen movements. Allows you to track movements in Google Earth, obtaining date and lat/long location of each Mallard’s movements.

Our 2015 Sponsored Birds

Rondeau RubySponsor: Rondeau Bay Waterfowlers Association
Hen Name: Rondeau Ruby
Capture Date: August 25, 2015
Sex: Female
Age: Adult
Weight: 1070 grams
GPS transmitter ID: NODU 57

Rondeau Bay Waterfowler’s Association, a not-for-profit organization, has enjoyed a strong relationship with LPW for many years, including support for the 2005 -07 scaup tracker program. Because of the migration relationship between Lake St Clair and Rondeau Bay, the Association was very pleased to participate in the Mallard Tracker Program as it supports our mandate of “conservation, recreation, and education” through waterfowling.

 

upland game bird clubSponsor: Mudcreek Club
Hen Name: Tuesday
Capture Date: August 28, 2015
Sex: Female
Age: Adult
Weight: 1000 grams
GPS transmitter ID: NODU 52

The Mud Creek Club has had a long history as a premier hunting club on northeast side of Lake St. Clair since King George III deeded 2000 acres to the local earl in 1877 to 1963 when automotive industrialist Henry Ford II took ownership and built their beautiful club house. Today the club and its member provide the opportunity for duck hunters to experience the very best of professional guides, retriever dogs, and friendly personalized service People interested in booking at hunt at Mud Creek Club please visit http://www.mudcreekclub.ca/ . We are very interested to track our sponsored duck and the very important conservation work being done in the region by Long Point Waterfowl.

 

Penny

Sponsor: Upland Game Bird Club
Hen Name: Irene
Capture Date: August 26, 2015
Sex: Female
Age: Adult
Weight: 1180 grams
GPS transmitter ID: NODU 37

Lambton Upland Game Bird club is a local group of conservationists that is a chapter of Pheasant Forever Canada. We work to conserve upland habitat and promote recruiting the next generation of hunters. In January at our Annual meeting our member Rob Buchanan explained his work with Long Point Waterfowl and how the purchase of a tagged Duck for $1,000.00 would assist with the collection of very interesting research.  The group eagerly agreed to the purchase as we realize that the statistics collected will benefit more species than just the duck population.

 

JoySponsor: Southwest Outdoors Club
Hen Name: Joy
Capture Date: September 4, 2015
Sex: Female
Age: Adult
Weight: 1070 grams
GPS transmitter ID: NODU 26

The Southwest Outdoors Club consists of like minded individuals who share an interest in the environment, conservation, and our outdoor heritage which includes hunting and fishing. Their vision is to work together to protect and improve the outdoors.

 

BigPtSponsor: Big Point Club
Hen Name: Big Point
Capture Date: August 27, 2015
Sex: Female
Age: Adult
Weight: 1240 grams
GPS transmitter ID: NODU 32

The Big Point Club was established in 1876 and is located in a significant waterfowl staging and breeding area along the east shore of Lake St Clair. The Big Point Club is concerned about the potential negative impact of the loss of wetlands has on migratory bird species. This is our reasoning behind supporting the LPW and especially the Mallard Tracker program.

 

LoreleiSponsor: Samantha Lynch
Hen Name: Lorelei
Capture Date: August 31, 2015
Sex: Female
Age: Adult
Weight: 1080 grams
GPS transmitter ID: NODU 41

In her final year of her undergraduate degree at The University of Waterloo, Samantha is passionate about scientific research and has hopes of continuing her education beyond this degree. With an understanding of the importance of the Mallard Tracker research to waterfowl management, Samantha was keen to contribute in any way she could to this project.

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