Research

Long Point Waterfowl is committed to conducting research to support the conservation and management of waterfowl and wetland resources throughout the Great Lakes region.

Long Point Waterfowl’s Research Focus and Accomplishments

Habitat Needs of Wetland Wildlife and Management of Wetlands

For 20 years, our organization has been conducting research to inform management of privately, provincially, and federally owned wetland habitat to the benefit of waterfowl and the waterfowl hunting heritage. Our focus is diverse, including bluebills, tundra swans, black ducks, mallards, least bitterns, blanding’s turtles, and other wetland dependant wildlife and plants.

Long Point Waterfowl’s extensive research program helps ensure that wetlands throughout the Great Lakes Region are enjoyed by generations of waterfowl conservationists and enthusiasts for years to come.

 

Impact of Invasive Species and Techniques for Management

Long Point Waterfowl maintains a diverse Invasive Species Program focused on studying and reducing the negative impacts of mute swans, zebra mussels, phragmites (common reed), and other invasive plants and animals in the Great Lakes region. Long Point Waterfowl’s Invasive Species Program has conducted 10+ research projects leading to 15 publications. This research has helped to reduce impacts of invasive species on native plants and animals, and has helped to guide wetland management.

Long Point Waterfowl will continue to partner with numerous conservation organizations to deliver science-based conservation throughout the region.

 

Factors Influencing Foraging and Nesting Habitat for Waterfowl

For thousands of years waterfowl have returned to the wetland rich Great Lakes region to rest and forage during their spring and fall migrations and, for some species, to annually breed and nest. Long Point Waterfowl is committed to determining factors influencing the suitability of the region for foraging and nesting waterfowl with the aim of conserving our waterfowl resources in perpetuity. Long Point Waterfowl understands that both farming and waterfowl are vital to the culture of the Great Lakes region. Thus, our research programs focus on the benefits of waste agricultural grains to wildlife, evaluations of wetlands for waterfowl, and determining potential impacts of development (industrial wind turbines) on wildlife resources to ensure the needs of both people and wildlife of the region are met.

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