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The above photo of Dr. Scott Petrie, Ted Barney and Dr. Michael Schummer was taken during the 2011 Field Ecology course hosted by Long Point Waterfowl after banding >250 Canada Geese alongside students and volunteers in Simcoe Park

Long Point Waterfowl produces annual newsletters for email or hard copy distribution. We create these newsletters to inform colleagues, partners and the general public about our activities and successes each year.

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Long Point Waterfowl e-mails out news items 1-2 times per month to a distribution list of interested individuals. If you are interested in receiving news from Long Point Waterfowl please email info@longpointwaterfowl.org with your request.


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Christmas TreeHoliday Greetings from LPW

The staff and students of Long Point Waterfowl want to express our sincere thanks and our wishes for a Festive and Happy Christmas to all of our supporters, colleagues and friends.

Please click here to view our 2014 Christmas Card.



GuyNew Edition of Ducks, Geese and Swans of North America

Ducks, Geese, and Swans of North America has been hailed as a classic since the first edition was published in 1942. Originally authored by F. H. Kortright and later revised by Frank Bellrose, the new edition has been meticulously updated by renowned waterfowl biologist Guy Baldassarre. Guy was a professor of wildlife ecology at the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry in Syracuse until his passing in 2012. In memory of Guy, a marsh restoration project was undertaken at the Montezuma Wetlands Complex in central New York. Guy’s Marsh lies in the heart of those wetlands, and includes plans for an outdoor classroom, a place for future educators and outdoor enthusiasts to come see the wonders of waterfowl that Guy wrote about in the new edition of Ducks, Geese, and Swans.

For more information about the new edition of Ducks, Geese and Swans please click here.



Dave and Sandi-2The 2015 Ankney Award

Applications are now being accepted for the 2015-16 Dave Ankney and Sandi Johnson Waterfowl and Wetlands Graduate Research Scholarship (The Ankney Award). Students studying any aspect of wildlife ecology or management in North America, with special emphasis on wetlands, waterfowl or other game birds, are encouraged to apply. For additional information about the scholarship, award amounts, eligibility, past recipients and the application process please click here.

Dave’s many accomplishments, and a tribute to him, can be found by clicking here.


Paper by Dr. Michael Schummer and co-authors is published in Wildfowl Special Issue

The Wildfowl Special Issue No. 4 features a paper titled “Atmospheric teleconnections and Eurasian snow cover as predictors of a weather severity index in relation to Mallard Anas platyrhynchos autumn-winter migration” by Dr. Michael Schummer and his colleagues.

Dr. Eileen Rees, Head of UK Waterbird Conservation Program and Wildfowl Editor, expressed her thanks to Dr. Schummer, a Scientist with Long Point Waterfowl, and others for the quality of their contribution to this very impressive volume of the journal.


IMG_2272Dr. Ken Abraham authors report on Waterfowl in Ontario’s Boreal Region

Dr. Ken Abraham is an Emeritus Scientist with the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF) Wildlife Research and Monitoring Section, an Adjunct Professor at Trent University and a member of LPW’s Scientific Advisory Committee.

Dr. Abraham continues to be involved with the MNRF’s Hudson Bay Lowland Wetland and Waterbird Research and  Monitoring Program. He recently completed a very thorough report for Ducks Unlimited Canada on the status of Waterfowl in Ontario’s Boreal Region.


PittsburghAGM_PosterLPW Graduate Student wins Wildlife Society’s 2014 poster contest

Matt Dyson, a Master’s candidate with Long Point Waterfowl, recently provided information about his Wood Duck research in the “Student Research in Progress” session at The Wildlife Society’s annual conference in Pittsburgh, PA. Matt’s poster was awarded first place for Master’s students in the session. Matt also received a travel award from the Canadian Section of The Wildlife Society to present at the conference. Matt is currently the Secretary-Treasurer of the Canadian Section of The Wildlife Society and sits on the education, website, newsletter and membership committees. The Wildlife Society Conference is one of the largest gatherings of wildlife professionals and supporters in North America.


OGILVY_SIGNATURE-V1-B-KNew Logo Thanks to Ogilvy & Mather

Thanks to Ogilvy & Mather, Long Point Waterfowl now has a spectacular new logo (see above). A flying duck was chosen due to the fact that the Great Lakes are a critically important migration corridor. The shield is a duck foot and was chosen because millions of birds stop at the Great Lakes during spring and fall migration to rest, feed and put on body fat. We at Long Point Waterfowl thank Ogilvy & Mather for their generous contribution.

IMG_3584Sponsor’s Event at Burning Kiln Winery

LPW’s Inaugural Sponsor’s Event was held on Friday, October 3rd at the Burning Kiln Winery near Long Point. Over LPW 60 sponsors, staff, volunteers and students attended and enjoyed the company, food, award winning Burning Kiln wines, entertainment and the overall spirit of the evening. To see photos from the event please click here.
Our Second Annual Sponsor’s Event is tentatively scheduled for October 2, 2015 at the Burning Kiln Winery.


DSC_9093Lake St. Clair Inaugural Fundraising Dinner

The Lake St. Clair chapter of Long Point Waterfowl hosted their Inaugural Fundraising Dinner on Oct. 25 at the John D. Bradley Convention Center in Chatham. The evening was a great success, with over 150 people in attendance. All funds raised will be directed towards Long Point Waterfowl’s research program at Lake St. Clair. For additional information and photos from the event please click here.
The tentative date for next year’s dinner is Saturday, November 14, 2015.


Last Chance for Tickets to Attend LPW’s Inaugural Sponsor’s Event

Long Point Waterfowl’s Inaugural Sponsor’s Event will be held this Friday, October 3rd at the Burning Kiln Winery near Long Point. Over 60 attendees have confirmed to date but we do have a few more tickets available. To read more about the event, and to request one of the few remaining tickets, please visit our Upcoming Events page.



Lake St. Clair Chapter’s Inaugural Fundraising Dinner

The Lake St. Clair chapter of Long Point Waterfowl is hosting a Fundraising Dinner on Oct. 25 at the John D. Bradley Convention Centre in Chatham. All funds raised will be dedicated towards Long Point Waterfowl’s research program at Lake St. Clair. Tickets are $60 per person. To read the dinner flyer please click here and for additional information about the event please visit our Upcoming Events page.



Transmitter Sept 11 536printLong Point Waterfowl’s Mallard Tracker Program

Twenty hen Mallards have now been fitted with GPS tracking devices as part of a LPW’s Research Project examining habitat use and the implications of habitat loss/alteration throughout the Lake St Clair Region. This work forms the basis for Matt Palumbo’s PhD project.

For more information about our Mallard Tracking Program, and how you can become a sponsor and obtain interactive mapping abilities please click here


Inaugural LPW Sponsor’s Event

Long Point Waterfowl’s Inaugural Sponsor’s Event will be held at the Burning Kiln Winery on Friday, October 3rd. Please join us to celebrate Long Point Waterfowl’s 25 years of contributions to research, education, and conservation. For more information about the event please click here.

The Burning Kiln Winery overlooks the vast marshes of Long Point. The building is an architecturally re-purposed tobacco pack barn and they have received several awards, including “Winemaker of the Year”. Their multi-award-winning wines carry on a Norfolk County tradition of agricultural excellence. To learn more about the Burning Kiln Winery please click here.


2014 Youth Hunting & Conservation Course

Long Point Waterfowl’s Youth Hunting & Conservation Course (YHCC) provides 12-16 year olds the opportunity to participate in hands-on activities that focus on our hunting heritage as well as wildlife conservation and management. The 6th annual Youth Hunting & Conservation Course was held this year from July 26 to the 31, and was extremely successful, with 30 youth from across Ontario participating in six days of instruction, fun, and hands-on activities. Participants successfully passed their Ontario Hunter Safety, Canadian Firearms Training and Ontario Wild Turkey Hunter Education certification. For more information, and photos from this year’s YHCC, please click here.



Duck Day 2015 Celebration

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 (see direct link at top of this page) and distributed through our E-news by June 2015.

To read about Duck Day 2013, and see some photos from the event, please click here.


LPW’s Lake St. Clair Chapter

We are very happy to announce the establishment of the Lake St. Clair Chapter of Long Point Waterfowl. This new volunteer group is comprised of ardent waterfowlers and LPW supporters from both Ontario and Michigan. Members of the Lake St. Clair Chapter are currently planning for their Inaugural Fundraising Dinner, to be held in Chatham on October 25, 2014.

All funds raised through the event will be used to support LPW’s Research Program at Lake St. Clair.

For more information about our Lake St. Clair Initiative and the Inaugural Lake St. Clair Fundraising Dinner please click here.

If you would like to donate a suitable item or service for the dinner’s auctions or raffles, wish to make a cash contribution to support the dinner, or are interested in joining our Lake St. Clair Chapter, please contact Greg Dunn at gdunn@longpointwaterfowl.org



New book published by LPW Director

Tod Wright’s new book, Prairie Birds: Hunt, Cook, Celebrate has now been published and is available for purchase. Tod is a member of LPW’s Board of Directors and is a former President of Ducks Unlimited Canada. Tod’s book is a compilation of wonderful stories and recipes and is based on the many years that he and his good friends have spent hunting waterfowl and upland game birds in Saskatchewan. This book is a pleasure to read and will be helpful for anyone wanting to improve their game bird cooking skills, and wanting to learn more about the magic of hunting the heart of Saskatchewan’s world renowned duck factory. The book is beautifully illustrated by Gordon Allen, a professional artist and one of the hunters depicted in the book. If you would like to purchase a copy of the book please click on this link.



Recognition of LPW’s 25th Anniversary

The Mayor and Council of Norfolk County recently extended their “sincere congratulations” to LPW on our 25th Anniversary. They expressed their appreciation for the many initiatives in research, education and conservation in the Great Lakes Region that have been accomplished by, and through, LPW.

Mayor Dennis Travale (left in photo) presented Scott Petrie, LPW’s Executive Director (right in photo) with a certificate of appreciation which recognizes LPW for the significant service which we have provided, and to wish us many more years of continued success.



2014/15 Ankney Award Recipients

The Dave Ankney & Sandi Johnson Waterfowl and Wetlands Graduate Research Scholarship (The Ankney Award) was established in 2013 to honour the memory of Dave and his incredible contributions to waterfowl and wetland research, and to recognize the unending support of his wife Sandi. For more information about the Ankney Award please click here

The first awards were recently presented to Dave Messmer (PhD student) and Clark Nissley (MSc student). To read about this year’s award recipients and their research projects please click here



Member of LPW’s Scientific Advisory Committee Receives Prestigious Award

Dr. Ken Abraham was recently presented with a North American Waterfowl Management Plan (NAWMP) Blue-winged Teal Award. This award recognizes NAWMP partners whose activities at the national, regional, or local level result in substantial benefits to waterfowl, other wetland-associated migratory bird populations or wetlands habitats. Dr. Ken Abraham is an Emeritus Research Scientist with the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Research and Monitoring Section, an Adjunct Professor at Trent University and a member of LPW’s Scientific Advisory Committee. Ken continues to be involved with MNR’s Hudson Bay Lowland Wetland and
Waterbird Research and Monitoring Program, which examines the relationship between geese and wetlands in the Hudson Bay and James Bay area. In addition, he is a participating member of the Mississippi Flyway Council Technical Section, and has served as a member of the Management Board of the Arctic Goose Joint Venture, the Ontario Far North Science Advisory Panel, and the Ontario Provincial Caribou Technical Committee.



LPW’s Wood Duck Research

Long Point Waterfowl’s Wood Duck Project is aimed at understanding the habitat use and movements of breeding Wood Ducks. Matt Dyson, MSc Student (right in photo) and Aiden Bateman, Field Technician (left in photo) are currently studying nest box use, breeding success, habitat use, hen and brood survival and movement patterns. Within the past month, 40 Wood Ducks hens were successfully captured and implanted with radio transmitters, and all are now being tracked on a regular basis.  7 of those hens have been sponsored through our Adopt-a-Hen Program, and 33 are available for adoption.

To learn more about the Wood Duck Research Project and the Adopt-a-Hen Program, please click here



25th Anniversary Dinner Saturday, May 3

There are a very limited number of tickets still available for the our 25th Anniversary Dinner. Don’t miss your chance to join the fun and excitement!

For more details about the dinner and some of the top quality, exclusive trips and items we are offering in the Live Auction, and contact information to buy tickets, please click here.



Board Member Honoured

Jack Hughes, a Biologist with the Canadian Wildlife Service (CWS) since 1991, and a member of LPW’s Board of Directors, was selected as the 2013 winner of the The Ontario Federation of Anglers & Hunters/Rick Morgan Professional Conservation Award. The award was presented to Jack (centre in photo) by Glen Rivard, OFAH President (left) and Angelo Lambardo, OFAH Executive Director (right) during the recent 86th OFAH Annual General Meeting and Fish & Wildlife Conference in Mississauga.

To read more click here.


Contribute to local research at Long Point. You, your family, and friends can adopt a Wood Duck hen and brood this spring and contribute to conservation. You can name your hen, receive updates about it’s nesting and where it goes during brood rearing!

For more information about the Wood Duck project, please click here.

To learn more about the Adopt-a-Hen Program and/or to sign up, please click here.


LPW’s Lake St. Clair Initiative

On the evening of Monday, March 10, Long Point Waterfowl is hosting a meeting in Wallaceburg, during which Dr. Scott Petrie will be presenting on Long Point Waterfowl and our research program in the Lake St. Clair region.


We at Long Point Waterfowl view the St. Clair wetland complex as one of the most important staging regions for waterfowl on the Great Lakes. We also view it as being the most impacted and threatened. For these reasons, we are substantially increasing our research and conservation efforts within that region. The primary objective of the meeting on March 10 is to form a volunteer committee to organize a fund raising dinner, with all the profits being spent on our research program at Lake St. Clair.

If you are interested in attending the meeting, please contact Greg Dunn at gdunn@longpointwaterfowl.org

Matt Palumbo, Long Point Waterfowl PhD candidate (on right), presented on our Lake St. Clair Initiative at this year’s Great Lakes Wetland Day. The event was held on February 4th to mark World Wetlands Day, and was hosted by The Great Lakes Wetland Conservation Action Plan members. Click here to read the abstract for Matt’s talk.


Fifth International Swan Symposium

The 5th International Swan Symposium was hosted by the Trumpeter Swan Society in Easton, Maryland, February 2-6, 2014. The conference featured presentations, posters and workshops from 18 different countries around the world. Long Point Waterfowl’s Executive Director (Dr. Scott Petrie) was on the Scientific Committee and also moderated a session, Katelyn Weaver (current LPW Biologist) and Sara Handrigan (past LPW honours student) gave presentations on their completed MSc and undergraduate research, respectively. Katelyn’s presentation was entitled “temporal and geographic selection of agricultural and aquatic habitats by Tundra Swans during the nonbreeding period” and Sara’s presentation was “evaluation of range expansion of Trumpeter Swans re-introduced in southwestern Ontario”. At the banquet, Long Point Waterfowl was also recognized for being the first organization to offer financial support for the conference! More details about the conference can be found here.


Research and Education Centre – Open for Bookings!

Long Point Waterfowl’s Research and Education Centre (REC) is located just north of Turkey Point, Ontario and is a fantastic facility for research and recreation accommodations in the Long Point region. We established the REC in 2007 and have since made many upgrades and renovations to increase the 40-acre property’s accessibility to the public. The REC offers a suite of facilities such as onsite office space, library, conference/meeting room, kitchen and dining room, basketball court, interpretive hiking trails and two fire pits. Our facilities are used by local organizations, conservation partners, visiting professionals, graduate students and school groups of all ages, and provide an excellent venue for indoor and outdoor events in the Long Point region. To learn more about the REC, including pricing and contact information please view our REC Brochure.


Youth Hunting & Conservation Course

Long Point Waterfowl will be offering its annual Youth Hunting & Conservation Course July 26-31, 2014. Registration is open to 12-16 year old youth from Ontario and is offered at a first come, first serve basis. Please follow the link below to download your application from our website. Applications are due 1 May, 2014. Long Point Waterfowl would like to thank all of our conservation partners and the many volunteers involved in running the 2014 Youth Hunting & Conservation Course. Please download your application here.


25th Anniversary Dinner

Long Point Waterfowl staff and volunteers are now planning for our 25th Anniversary Fundraising Dinner. Details, including contact information to purchase tickets, can be found here. All funds raised from this dinner will be used by Long Point Waterfowl to support our research, conservation, education and outdoor heritage programs. We invite you to attend the dinner, and respectively request that you also consider either donating a suitable item or service, or making a cash contribution to sponsor an item for use in our auction, silent auction or raffle. Please contact Greg Dunn at gdunn@longpointwaterfowl.org if you wish to make a donation. Long Point Waterfowl will issue you an official tax receipt for your cash contribution, or for the fair market value of your donated item. Your consideration of our request to attend this event and/or to make a donation is very much appreciated. Thank You.


Turkey Course

The Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters will be hosting a Wild Turkey Certification Course at Long Point Waterfowl’s Research and Education Centre on Saturday, April 19th. This is a full day course, at the end of which participants will complete a multiple-choice exam on turkey hunting safety principles and hunting methods to obtain their turkey hunting license. If interested in joining the Turkey Course at Long Point, please visit the following website (scrolling down to the Long Point course) or contact Karla Lloyd at 705-748-6324 ext. 241.
For anyone interested in staying overnight at our Research and Education Centre facilities please contact Katelyn Weaver at kweaver@longpointwaterfowl.org

Milestones in Professional Development

Long Point Waterfowl conducts applied and relevant research that contributes directly to the management and conservation of waterfowl and wetlands. We also provide youth, undergraduate and graduate training opportunities which increase interest in conservation, promote careers in wildlife ecology and prepare future wildlife professionals for rewarding careers. In fact, our former graduates are now making substantial contributions to research, conservation and education throughout North America. We are proud to announce that two of our graduate students (Katelyn Weaver and Taylor Finger) recently completed their Masters Degrees and have embarked on their careers in conservation.

Katelyn Weaver Successfully Defends her Masters

Long Point Waterfowl is proud to announce that Katelyn Weaver successfully defended her Master’s thesis entitled “Tundra Swan Habitat Selection During the Non-breeding Period” on December 5, 2013. Katelyn used satellite telemetry data and land cover classification information to investigate the temporal and geographic habitat selection of migrating and wintering Tundra Swans. The results of Katelyn’s research have advanced the science of waterfowl ecology and will contribute to the management of Tundra Swans and their habitats. We at Long Point Waterfowl are proud of the research that Katelyn conducted under our supervision and support. If you are interesting in learning more about Katelyn’s research, please click here to obtain an electronic copy of her thesis.

We are also pleased to report that Katelyn has been hired as a Biologist with Long Point Waterfowl through an internship funded by the National Research Canada, Science and Technology Program for Work Experience. She will be coordinating the research and education programs at our Research and Education Centre, collecting and analyzing data, publishing manuscripts, managing our website and Facebook page, fundraising, and bringing her bright smile to all our events. Please join us in congratulating Katelyn on these wonderful accomplishments! Katelyn can be contacted at kweaver@longpointwaterfowl.org

Taylor Finger Successfully Defends his Masters

Long Point Waterfowl is proud to announce that Taylor Finger successfully defended his Master’s thesis entitled “Environmental Factors that Influence Spring Migration Chronology of Lesser Scaup (Aythya affinis)” on January 15, 2014. Taylor used satellite telemetry and weather data to investigate the influence of annual variation in weather and environmental conditions on timing and rate of spring migration of Lesser Scaup. The results of Taylor’s research have increased our understanding of scaup migration chronology and have implications for the interpretation of annual survey data. We at Long Point Waterfowl are proud of the research that Taylor conducted under our supervision and support. Taylor’s completed thesis will be posted soon on our Completed Theses page.

Taylor was recently hired by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources as the statewide Assistant Migratory Game Bird Ecologist. His responsibilities include developing and updating waterfowl and other migratory game bird management plans, survey and harvest reports, establishing waterfowl rules based on Fish & Wildlife Service season and population frameworks and biological parameters, coordinating statewide surveys and banding efforts as they relate to migratory game bird management, and preparing information for the Mississippi Flyway states, statewide waterfowl interest groups, and the public. Please join us in congratulating Taylor on these outstanding accomplishments! Taylor can be contacted at taylor.finger@wisconsin.gov

Watch an Incredible Arctic Adventure on January 18, 2014

Scott Petrie, Long Point Waterfowl Executive Director, participated in a spring Snow Goose hunt with Canada in the Rough (Beasley Brothers) in June, 2013. The hunt took place on Southampton Island, just below the Arctic Circle, and, for Scott, it was the trip of a lifetime! The episode will air on the Canada in the Rough Television Show on Saturday, January 18, for the first time on both sides of the Canada/US border. The direct link to a preview of the episode is:
The direct link to local channels and broadcast times is:



Watch a Spectacular Mourning Dove Hunt this weekend

To the delight of many Ontario hunters, the Canadian Wildlife Service approved a Mourning Dove season starting in fall 2013. Scott Petrie was given the opportunity to hunt doves with Mike Miller (Host of Angler & Hunter Television) at the Walpole Island Rod and Gun Club last September. The hunt will air on CHEX this Saturday and on OLN this Sunday. Please visit the Angler & Hunter Television website for local channels and broadcast times: http://www.ahtv.com/



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