Long Point Mallard Tracking Program

Sponsor  and Name a Mallard then track it with GPS

The coastal marshes of the Lake St. Clair are used by millions of migrating waterfowl in autumn through winter when weather conditions permit access to foraging and resting habitats. Factors that are potentially limiting to migrating waterfowl in the region are habitat loss, functional availability of food, and invasive species. In 2013 LPW implemented our Lake St. Clair Initiative, which involved the gathering of existing information and data sets and the development of a comprehensive report.

For more information about our Lake St. Clair Initiative and that report please click here

In early fall 2014, Matt Palumbo, PhD Candidate with Long Point Waterfowl and Western University, will implement a Research Project at Lake St. Clair to investigate how waterfowl use habitats during their spring and fall staging and over-wintering period. Matt will capture Mallards (selected as the model species) and equip them with GPS solar powered transmitters, to track movements and habitat use for 3 years. Knowledge of how waterfowl use habitats and their survival during the non-breeding season is limited, but needed by conservation planners.

 

Individuals, or groups, can directly contribute to our conservation efforts at Lake St. Clair by sponsoring a GPS-marked Mallard. Sponsors can name their Mallard, and will receive movement and survival updates, recognition on our website and a tax receipt. To learn more about our Mallard Tracker Program and/or to sign up, please click here