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David Gough/Courier Press/david.gough@sunmedia.ca Lena Vanden Elsen, a researcher with Long Point Waterfowl, releases a duck back into the wild on Sept. 12 on Lake St. Clair just south of Mitchell?s Bay. The organization was conducting research on ducks last week, which included fitting 20 mallards with GPS tracking devices to learn more about local habitats.

Tracking ducks will tell scientists about our wetlands

David Gough Courier Press Twenty mallard ducks were fitted with GPS tracking devices last week as part of a research project looking at the impact of shrinking area wetlands. The project is being completed by Long Point Waterfowl, which

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studies waterfowl and wetlands in the Great Lakes. The group was doing research last week on Lake St. Clair just south of Mitchell?s Bay. Matt Palumbo, a biology PhD student at Western University and a researcher with Long Point Waterfowl, said the GPS will help look at habitat use of the mallards

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while they are in the Lake St. Clair region. ?As the area is a critical migration stopover point so it?s important to understand the habitat that these birds are using in the area,? Palumbo said. The GPS transmitters will give scientists really good movement information about where Crafted to last Generations the birds are located, where they breed, how long they are staying in the area and where they are moving to. ?To understand how the birds are using the habitats that remains here is one of the key questions we have to figure out. CONTINUED > PAGE 2

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