GPS trackers to be attached to mallard ducks

Some mallard ducks will be fitted with GPS tracking devices late this summer as part of a research project to look at the impact of shrinking wetlands in the Lake St. Clair region.

The project is being led by Long Point Waterfowl, which conducts science-based research and education to help sustain healthy wetlands, waterfowl populations and the hunting heritage. “There’s been a drastic decline in wetland acreage in and around Lake St. Clair,” Dr. Scott Petrie, executive director of Long Point Waterfowl, told The Chatham Daily News. The loss has been estimated at nearly one million acres. The data from GPS on ducks “gives us wonderful data on movement patterns and migration and everything else,” Petrie said.

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