Lake St. Clair is a cross-roads for millions of waterfowl in the Mississippi and Atlantic Flyways with ducks, geese, and swans returning twice per year to feed and rest as they travel between their wintering and breeding habitats. However, like many areas in the lower Great Lakes, drainage, filling, and development have decreased wetland availability by >90%, potentially limiting the capacity of the region to provide adequate feeding and resting areas for waterfowl. The St. Clair wetland complex is also severely degraded by invasive species and other human impacts.
During 2013, Long Point Waterfowl began collecting available information pertaining to the Lake St. Clair region, including data sets on waterfowl banding and recovery, aerial waterfowl surveys, Tundra Swan satellite tracking, scaup satellite tracking, waterfowl harvest, habitat loss, changes in historic cropping practices, invasive species, wetland management, etc. All of this data and information will be analyzed and interpreted and a detailed report titled “Waterfowl and Wetlands of the Lake St. Clair Region: Present Conditions and Future Options for Research and Conservation” will be prepared. The limitations and options identified in the aforementioned document will be used to develop a 5-year research program which will be conducted by Long Point Waterfowl’s scientific staff and
graduate students. We anticipate that one of the biggest limitations identified will be habitat loss, food availability and invasive species. The detailed planning and assessment document and subsequent research papers and reports will be instrumental in attracting attention to and developing conservation/research planning strategies and support for the Lake St. Clair Region. We feel that the development of this unique and informative report will provide an encompassing and educational tool for all people interested in the Lake St. Clair region and it will provide the direction and impetus for our upcoming Lake St. Clair Research Program.
Long Point Waterfowl developed a similar report for Long Point in 1998, when we were developing our Long Point Research Program. That report was widely distributed and helped direct our research and conservation efforts at Long Point over the past 14 years.
Once the Lake St. Clair document is completed, it will be distributed to all hunt clubs, schools, libraries and conservation groups throughout the Lake St. Clair Region.
If you would like to receive more information about our Lake St. Clair Initiative, or are interested in financially supporting our conservation efforts in the Lake St. Clair region, please contact:
Dr. Scott Petrie, Executive Director, Long Point Waterfowl firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: 519-586-3531, Ext. 118
Thank you to our funding partners:
Mallard Research at Lake St. Clair
Matt Palumbo, PhD Candidate, began work with Long Point Waterfowl in September 2013 within the Lake St. Clair Initiative. Matt will be catching mallards and fixing them with telemetry units to track their movements within the region. To learn more about this research please click here. To get involved in this project or to sponsor a mallard – check out this link!
You are invited to Long Point Waterfowl’s Lake St. Clair Inaugural Fundraiser Dinner
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.