Delta Waterfowl Hires Program Manager for Ontario

WINNIPEG, MANITOBA — Delta Waterfowl has hired Maya Basdeo as the organization’s Ontario waterfowl programs manager.

The 43-year-old Toronto native will oversee Delta’s Hunting Heritage & Conservation Center in Turkey Point, Ontario. Basdeo’s hire is in support of Delta’s Great Lakes Initiative, which was launched in 2016 to bolster conservation efforts in a key region for waterfowl and waterfowl hunters. Basdeo will promote and help deliver First Hunt recruitment programming throughout the region, as well as build on Delta’s Hen House duck-production work in Ontario.

“Once she’s established, Maya will also advocate for waterfowl hunting, address policy issues important to waterfowl hunters, assist in research projects and promote trapping as an important heritage activity,” said Joel Brice, vice president of waterfowl and hunter recruitment programs.

Basdeo earned a bachelor’s degree in environmental studies at the University of Waterloo (Ontario) in 2011, and has worked in wildlife management, environmental education and conservation. She’s a director-at-large with the Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters.

“I’m a lifelong outdoor enthusiast — I grew up fishing and camping,” she said. “I’ve always been passionate about conservation, but once I became a hunter, I became even more passionate about it.”

Basdeo took a unique path to become a hunter. She worked to rehabilitate injured raptors, so her first waterfowl hunting in 2003 involved falconry, which is the practice of using a bird of prey to hunt ducks and small game. She currently has two hunting birds, a peregrine falcon named Roxy, and a Harris hawk she calls Guzedman.

“I’m interested in bringing different parts of the hunting community together,” Basdeo said. “I want to support youth and women in becoming hunters, and advocate for the preservation of hunting heritage in North America. I’m looking forward to expanding the mission of Delta Waterfowl in the Great Lakes region.”

Basdeo can be reached at or (289) 442-6526.