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Ottawa Duck Club Inc.

Town: Ottawa

Ontario Nature Region: Ontario East

The Ottawa Duck Club is an incorporated, non-profit organization, actively involved in hands-on work to improve the nesting habitat for waterfowl and other birds. The Club activities are mainly in Shirley's Bay Crown Game Preserve situated along the Ottawa River, 15 km to the west of the Nation's Capital, on the mixed fields, wetlands, and woods behind the Department of National Defense's (DND) Connaught Rifle Ranges.

The Ottawa Duck Club evolved from a sportsmen's group called Quebec-Ontario Wild Duck Propagation (QUEONT) and some of the original QUEONT members are still active today. It had its beginnings in 1966 under Murray Boegel, its first President. The Ottawa Duck Club was formed originally by hunters who became concerned with the degradation of our environment and the detrimental impact it was having on waterfowl. Hunters and naturalists joined together as club members to reverse the trend and work for the betterment of all local wildlife.

Through the efforts of Murray Boegel, the Ottawa Duck Club was able to obtain a long-term agreement with DND for wetland habitat work on the game preserve. With the assistance of DND, a series of nesting and staging ponds were developed. Natural foods and corn were planted for local and migrating waterfowl.

Current activities:

  • Around 180 duck nesting boxes are maintained at the Shirley's Bay sanctuary. Approximately half of these boxes are placed around man-made ponds, and the other half are on the natural waterways throughout the sanctuary. All boxes are serviced in the winter months.
  • Off-sanctuary, nesting boxes are maintained on Watt's Creek, Cedar Hill Golf Course, Log Farm, and Petrie Island.
  • Storm water runoff from the city of Kanata and water from Shirley's Creek is controlled through ten man-made ponds. Maintenance and grass cutting around the ponds is done throughout the summer.
  • Approximately 50 duck boxes are monitored weekly during the nesting season. A program to band the nesting female wood ducks and ducklings was started in 1999.
  • Approximately 30 floating nesting platforms are maintained specifically for black duck. These are recovered at the end of nesting, serviced and put back out on the ice in late winter.
  • Purple martin houses are maintained although our colonies were lost several years ago. Approximately 50 bluebird boxes are emplaced which attract tree swallows but seldom bluebirds. Up to 10 kestrel/screech owl boxes are maintained.

Visit the Ottawa Duck Club Inc.website for more information.

For more information please contact Ontario Nature at 1-800-440-2366 or info@ontarionature.org.

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