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Mark Lomond is trying to bring the conservation organization Delta Waterfowl to the southwest coast.
Mark Lomond is trying to bring the conservation organization Delta Waterfowl to the southwest coast.

Mark Lomond is behind the drive to start a chapter on the southwest coast, which would be the first in Newfoundland and Labrador.

"There's a big group of us who've grown up here and been into hunting and conservation," he said. "We were just looking for something a little more."
He said the organization is interested in conservation of waterfowl, similar to Ducks Unlimited. But there's a lot of differences too.
Lomond said Ducks Unlimited is mainly focused on the ducks, while Delta Waterfowl is also focused on the hunters.
"They help understand the rules, sometimes they help get rules changed," he said. "They've helped get age limits lowered in different provinces."
Lomond said the organization also does a lot of work with nest boxes, and helps increase waterfowl populations.
Lomond said there had been a few failed attempts to get a Ducks Unlimited chapter started in the region, but nothing ever came from those efforts.
"The Delta Waterfowl guys have been right on the ball," he said.
Lomond said Delta Waterfowl helps with fundraisers, and a significant chunk of money raised stays with the chapter for various projects.
"It gives people around here the opportunity to give back," he said.
Lomond said the organization's biologists are excited to visit the southwest coast and learn about the area.
There's been lots of interest in the organization, and a meeting in December was well-attended.
The next steps will be to formalize the structure of a local chapter and selecting an executive.
The local group will host a meeting on March 8 at 7:30 p.m. at the College of the North Atlantic in Port aux Basques.
Russ Donnelly, Delta Waterfowl's regional director for Atlantic Canada, Ontario and Quebec will be there.
The group has set up a Facebook page: Delta Waterfowl Newfoundland's Sou'Wes Chapter.
According to its website, Delta Waterfowl traces its roots to 1911 and describes itself as "The Duck Hunters Organization."
The website states the organization's mission is to produce ducks and secure the future of waterfowl hunting. There are hundreds of chapters all over North America.
bryan.tait@tc.tc

"There's a big group of us who've grown up here and been into hunting and conservation," he said. "We were just looking for something a little more."
He said the organization is interested in conservation of waterfowl, similar to Ducks Unlimited. But there's a lot of differences too.
Lomond said Ducks Unlimited is mainly focused on the ducks, while Delta Waterfowl is also focused on the hunters.
"They help understand the rules, sometimes they help get rules changed," he said. "They've helped get age limits lowered in different provinces."
Lomond said the organization also does a lot of work with nest boxes, and helps increase waterfowl populations.
Lomond said there had been a few failed attempts to get a Ducks Unlimited chapter started in the region, but nothing ever came from those efforts.
"The Delta Waterfowl guys have been right on the ball," he said.
Lomond said Delta Waterfowl helps with fundraisers, and a significant chunk of money raised stays with the chapter for various projects.
"It gives people around here the opportunity to give back," he said.
Lomond said the organization's biologists are excited to visit the southwest coast and learn about the area.
There's been lots of interest in the organization, and a meeting in December was well-attended.
The next steps will be to formalize the structure of a local chapter and selecting an executive.
The local group will host a meeting on March 8 at 7:30 p.m. at the College of the North Atlantic in Port aux Basques.
Russ Donnelly, Delta Waterfowl's regional director for Atlantic Canada, Ontario and Quebec will be there.
The group has set up a Facebook page: Delta Waterfowl Newfoundland's Sou'Wes Chapter.
According to its website, Delta Waterfowl traces its roots to 1911 and describes itself as "The Duck Hunters Organization."
The website states the organization's mission is to produce ducks and secure the future of waterfowl hunting. There are hundreds of chapters all over North America.
bryan.tait@tc.tc

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