SWOC $1000 Donation To Long Point Waterfowl Adopt A Hen Program

Lake St Clair Chapter of Long Point Waterfowl Fund Raising Diner

During the inaugral fund raising dinner on October 25 – 1014 board members of the local South West Outdoors Club donated a $1000 contribution to the Adopt – A – Hen program for ongoing research on Mallard Ducks in the Lake St Clair – Lake Erie regions.

Each duck is specialy fitted with a GPS solar powered transmitter to follow the movements to within an 18 meters of its location. All data is then collected remotely to track the ducks day and night to determine seasonal movement and survival rates.

Adopt A Hen Program

Adopt A Hen Program


Pictured Left to Right

Dr Scott Petrie CEO LPW, Matt Palumbo Project Manager Mallard Tracker Program

SWOC Board members

Peter Wood and Dean Ware

presented a $1000 donation to the Adopt A Hen program

Hopefully  regular updates on “Puddles” will be on  the SWOC.ca website


Click For additional information regarding the Long Point Waterfowl Adopt A Hen Program


Too Many Fish Costs Ontario Anglers $2000

Total of $2,000 in Fines for Too Many Fish

MNR NEWS September 8, 2014

Two southern Ontario men have pleaded guilty to possessing an over-limit of walleye.

Garry Wincherook of Metcalfe and Robert Best of Lakefield were each fined $1,000 for possessing nine fish over the legal limit allowed by their sport fishing licences.

The court heard that on June 10, 2014, Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry conservation officers contacted the men during a marine patrol on Chipman Lake, 40 kilometres northeast of Longlac, east of Lake Nipigon. The men said they had a total of five walleye between them, but officers soon discovered they had 11, including six hidden in a pail under their bait bucket. Upon further investigation, officers discovered they had another six walleye at the resort where they were staying. Wincherook and Best had a total of 17 walleye, but the legal limit per sport fishing licence is four in Fisheries Management Zone 7. All of the fish were seized and forfeited to the Crown.

Justice of the Peace Joseph Caron heard the case in the Ontario Court of Justice, Geraldton, on August 26, 2014.

For further information on fishing regulations, please consult the Recreational Fishing Regulations Summary, available at ontario.ca/fishing.

Long Point Waterfowl Lake St Clair Chapter Video

Dr Scott Petrie interview about the upcoming Lake St Clair Fundraising Dinner

Tickets Purchased by September 1st are eligible to the “EARLY Bird” prize

You can find more information here

The Lake St Clair Fundraising Dinner is Oct 25th , 2014

Location – John D. Bradley Convention Centre in Chatham

You can also email or phone

Greg Dunn – [email protected]        519-586-3531   x 147

Theresa Childs – [email protected]     519-784-1433



Sandhill Cranes in Ontario

Long Point Report on Sandhill Crane Research

LPW PhD Candidate Everett Hanna recently released a technical report entitled Migratory chronology, autumn recruitment, and population size of Eastern Population Sandhill Cranes (Grus canadensis) from the North Shore Region of Lake Huron, Ontario, Canada.

To read the Technical Report please click here

This research project will help direct crane management in Ontario and also provide the basis for Everett’s doctoral degree with Long Point Waterfowl and Western University.

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

Whitetail Deer Experience Deep Snow With Less Food

Severe Winter Puts Ontario’s Deer Herds at RiskWhite-tailed deer in parts of Ontario are experiencing one of the worst winters in recent memory.

“Deep snow, hard crusts and frigid temperatures could result in significant mortality of adult deer and the loss of this spring’s fawn crop,” says OFAH Senior Wildlife Biologist Mark Ryckman. The MNR reports that most deer entered this winter in really good shape thanks to an abundance of natural foods in 2013; however, it remains likely that this year’s harsh winter conditions will still have an impact on many of central and northern Ontario’s deer herds.

In 1995, the OFAH established the DeerSave Fund to help members, clubs and partners deliver emergency winter deer conservation activities, such as browse cutting, trail breaking and emergency feeding. Mild winters have limited the need for emergency winter deer conservation in recent years, but the DeerSave Fund has been called upon when needed to provide targeted funding to aid struggling herds.

To learn more, call the OFAH at (705) 748-6324 extension 239 or visit www.ofah.org/about/OFAH-DeerSave.

“We may not be in an emergency situation yet, but it is looking more and more likely that intervention will be required somewhere in the province,” said Ryckman. The OFAH is initiating discussions with MNR regional biologists to determine areas of the province that would benefit most from winter conservation efforts. In the meantime, concerned conservationists can help deer by packing down trails in areas frequented by deer, and by cutting preferred browse species (maples, birch, dogwood, sumac, hemlock, cedar, etc.).

“Conservationists can also help by contributing to the OFAH DeerSave Fund so we are ready to provide help when and where it is needed most,” added Ryckman.

Like other outdoor activities, it remains critically important to respect private property and keep safety in mind at all times when performing winter conservation efforts. The Federation only endorses deer feeding in emergency situations, and only according to science-based MNR guidelines.

With over 100,000 members, subscribers and supporters, and 710 member clubs, the OFAH is the province’s largest nonprofit, fish and wildlife conservation-based organization, and the VOICE of anglers and hunters. For more information, visit www.ofah.org.

Long Point Waterfowl Research

Dr. Scott Petrie – LongPoint Waterfowl Research Request

Long Point Waterfowl was founded by conservation-minded individuals that understand the value of healthy wetlands in the Great Lakes region and the role that local culture and environmental concerns play in the development of regional, national, and international wetland conservation planning.

The generous support we continue to receive from individuals, clubs, corporations, foundations and organizations has enabled Long Point Waterfowl to make internationally significant contributions to many aspects of waterfowl and wetland research, conservation and education. Our research is critical for science-based delivery of wetland and waterfowl programs by our conservation partners throughout the US and Canadian sides of the Great Lakes. Through our Graduate Research Program we are training future wildlife professionals, many of which are now making significant contributions to research and conservation on both sides of the border. Also, through our Outreach and Education Programs, we educate youth, university students and the public about the importance of healthy wetlands for wildlife and humans.

Through a broadened support base, and the efforts of our staff, students and volunteers, Long Point Waterfowl is now able to celebrate 25 years of making very substantial contributions to research, education, conservation and hunting heritage in the Great Lakes region. However, to maintain this momentum, and to enable Long Point Waterfowl to achieve our mission, we need your financial support.

If you are a current contributor, I wish to thank you again for your continued support.

Long Point Waterfowl Support

If, however, you are not a current contributor, I respectfully request that you consider supporting one or more of our research or education programs.

Please  make a donation to Long Point Waterfowl.

Your consideration of this request is greatly appreciated. Thank You!

Best wishes for a Merry Christmas with your family and friends.


Dr. Scott Petrie

Executive Director


SWOC Rainbow Trout Live Release

Wheatley Harbour – SWOC and North Gosfield release RainBow Trout


Kip Brown and his dedicated volunteers towed the Port Stanley Fish Hatchery  trailer Saturday morning with a couple hundred Rainbow Trout ready for live release.

Thirty members of the SWOC and other interested onlookers watched the live release process of various sized rainbow trout from 4 to 16 inch fish.

Rainbow Trout Release

Some of the young anglers in the crowd also helped out  one to one

Hand Released Trout

Hand Released!

The SWOC members donated $1000 to the Port Stanley Fish Hatchery

The SWOC donated $1000 to the Port Stanley Fish Hatchery for conservation and fish stocking

The SWOC donated $1000 to the Port Stanley Fish Hatchery for conservation and fish stocking

OFAH Zone J Youth Campout

25th Anniversary OFAH Zone J Youth Campout


Since the 1st annual OFAH Zone J camp in 1988, we have seen almost every corner of our Zone and hosted hundreds of eager youth. Our camp is slightly different than others, as we re-quire the parents or guardians to attend all aspects of the camp with the youth as a mentor this allows the parent’s to become engaged and learn with the youth.

Every year, we kick things off Friday evening with Opening Ceremonies, a presentation and also a community camp fire. Saturday kicks off early in the morning when everyone gathers at the club house for a welcoming from the host club President and further instructions on the day’s activities The activities are the host clubs decision; this allows the club to work in areas of expertise. In the past, activities have included, but not limited to; Archery, Air rifles, Bird house building, Bat house building, Canoeing, Detecting invasive species, Fishing, Lure making, 22. Rifle range, Map/Compass reading, Flora/Fauna ID, etc. The list and ideas are almost endless. This is why we leave the activities to the host club as they can capitalize in an area that they are familiar with. Saturday wraps up with a community campfire. Sunday morning, we generally have a guest speaker or an activity that will engage the minds of our youth and their mentors.

The team is are diligently working on creating the largest and best OFAH Zone J Youth Camp to-date as, this year, 2013, marks our 25th Anniversary!! We are very much looking for-ward to June 7,8 and 9th as we have a few surprises in the works for this Silver Anniversary. You will find details and the itinerary printed in the 2013 Camp Flyer. If your’e interested in attending, I would recommend singing up early as space is limited.

Zone J is looking for a Club to host the 26th and 27th (2014-2015) annual Youth Camps. The OFAH Zone J Youth Camp historically has been held on Father’s Day weekend in June. If you or your club  are interested in learning more, please contact Brian Moore.

To Contact Brian

[email protected]

OFAH – MNR to deliver the Community Hatchery Program

Community Hatching Program (CHP) Renewed

The Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters (OFAH) has partnered with the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR) to deliver the new Community Hatchery Program (CHP). The MNR will provide $250,000 annually over a three-year agreement for OFAH to deliver the CHP. The CHP will offer a more targeted approach to funding and technical support for Ontario’s community hatcheries.In Ontario, fish production for stocking purposes occurs at nine MNR hatcheries and many community-based fish hatcheries throughout the province. For decades, community hatcheries have enabled members of the public to actively participate in fish culture projects that stock millions of fish annually and provide direct benefits to Ontario’s fishery resources. In the past, the MNR’s Community Fisheries and Wildlife Involvement Program (CFWIP) has offered funding to community fish culture and stocking projects. The CHP will use the funds typically allocated to community fish hatcheries through CFWIP to provide a new delivery process and support system specifically for community fish culture and stocking projects. The remaining annual CFWIP funding ($300,000) will be offered through another new program, the Land Stewardship & Habitat Restoration Program (LSHRP), which will be administered by the MNR. Collectively, the new CHP and LSHRP will replace CFWIP as the government funding sources for community-based fish and wildlife projects in Ontario.In addition to allocating funding, the new CHP will work directly with community hatcheries to provide better support and guidance for the successful rearing and stocking of fish. This will include assistance with obtaining the required permits, as well as support during the planning and operation of community hatcheries. The MNR will continue to be responsible for setting stocking targets, reviewing and issuing permits and licenses, providing eggs and fry, as well as brood stock and fish stocking locations.”Fish stocking and community involvement are two incredibly important components of successful fisheries management in Ontario. Through the CHP, we have an opportunity to strengthen the community hatchery program in Ontario,” said OFAH Executive Director Angelo Lombardo. “The OFAH has numerous long-standing and successful partnerships with the MNR, including the Ontario Hunter Education Program and the Invading Species Awareness Program. This new partnership will not only provide greater certainty and support for Ontario’s community hatcheries themselves, but will also provide enormous ecological, social and economic benefits by helping to improve our fisheries.”

The Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters is Ontario’s largest, nonprofit, fish and wildlife conservation-based organization, representing 100,000 members, subscribers and supporters, and 710 member clubs. To learn more, visitofah.org.

Media Contacts:

Dr. Terry Quinney
Provincial Manager of Fish & Wildlife Services
705-748-6324 ext 242
[email protected] 
Matt DeMille
Assistant Manager of Fish & Wildlife Services/Fisheries Biologist
705-748-6324 ext. 249
[email protected]