Great Lakes Initiative
Delta is working hard to serve duck hunters in all four flyways.
Recognizing the continental importance of the Great Lakes region for waterfowl and waterfowl hunters, Delta Waterfowl expanded its reach in 2016 with a major new conservation priority: Delta Waterfowl’s Great Lakes Initiative.
Delta’s Great Lakes Initiative focuses on wetland conservation, research, education, duck production programs and hunting advocacy throughout the Great Lakes region to serve the needs of waterfowl and waterfowl hunters.
The Great Lakes is critically important and unique because the region provides habitat for millions of waterfowl throughout the year — an estimated 7 million spring migrants, 12 million fall migrants and 1 million wintering waterfowl. It supports a large population of breeding waterfowl, and up to 80 percent of mallards taken by hunters there are hatched in the Great Lakes. Unfortunately, it’s also one of the most threatened habitats, with approximately 90 percent of the historic inland and coastal wetlands having been drained.
Delta’s Great Lakes Initiative:
- Delta Waterfowl has established a Hunting Heritage & Conservation Center near Long Point, Ontario. The five main buildings located on the 40-acre property provide seasonal and year-round accommodation and office space for Delta Waterfowl staff, students, technicians and volunteers.
- Expand the delivery of Delta’s duck production programs such as Hen Houses and wood duck nest boxes in the Great Lakes region.
- Increase youth hunter education courses through local First Hunt and Waterfowl Heritage Days events.
- Promote trapping as an important heritage activity and to control overly abundant predator populations.
- Promote and protect hunting rights, and assert Delta’s leadership position as the voice of North American duck hunters.
- Conduct applied research to aid in the conservation and management of waterfowl in the Great Lakes region and eastern North America.
- Serve as a strong advocate for Great Lakes wetland conservation policy at federal, state, provincial and local levels.
- Delta has added 4 staff members to better serve the Great Lakes area:
- Maya Basdeo – Ontario Waterfowl Programs Manager
- John Clements – Regional Director for Maritime, Atlantic Provinces
- Blake Schmirler – Regional Director for Ontario
- Scott McGuigan – Development Director
- Develop additional local chapters to assist with fundraising events, as well as delivery of youth education and duck production programs.
Delta Waterfowl continues to work on behalf of the continent’s waterfowl and waterfowl hunters by widening the organization’s impact throughout North America