Ducks Unlimited, John Coluccy
Partners: Long Point Waterfowl
The researchers will consider the influences of climate change on waterfowl populations and habitat, and hunter opportunity by characterizing predicted future fall/winter distribution. Delayed and reduced migration of waterfowl to traditional wintering areas has ecological, cultural, and economic implications. Hunter license fees, Duck Stamp sales, excise taxes on firearms and other sporting equipment, and philanthropic donations provide substantial funding for wetland conservation. The influence of changes in waterfowl distributions on hunter opportunity, satisfaction, and demographics has real implications for conservation funding generated by these sources.