JANUARY 2003 · Web Site: sswa.org

What Does Radio Telemetry and the SSWA Have in Common?

A lot. The SSWA is making funds available from this year's Duckboat Show and allocating it toward the refurbishing and installation of radio collars on brant.

There isn't a whole lot of information available on the migration of our brant population. So we are pairing up with New Jersey Fish and Wildlife to find out more about our birds. With the aid of these radio collars, scientists can further study the flight patterns and winter location of this population of brant. They can track these birds and learn a lot about their migrations.

Brant mate for life. Brant migrate to the Arctic Circle and beyond to breed. Brant winter in large flocks from Massachusetts to North Carolina. Seventy percent winter in New Jersey, with Long Island having the 2nd largest wintering populations.

There has been little recent research on the ecology of Atlantic brant. Current information regarding migration routes, timing, and stop-over sites is lacking. This information, along with current breeding colony locations, would be valuable to biologists for making better management decisions.


We hope to continue to collar these birds with transmitters to further aid in these studies.

By the way, if you should happen to harvest one of the brant, please return the transmitter to us so they can be re-used for future bandings.

This is one way our organization can come to the aid of our local waterfowl. We hold these events and raffles to raise money. With these funds we can do something locally to improve our sport.

Curt Matzinger

Sporting Clays Shoot

On Sunday, March 23, 2003, the SSWA will be having a Sporting Clays Shoot and lunch at the Peconic River Sportsman's Club. It will start at 10:00 a.m. and sign-up will be at 9:30 a.m.

Reservations are required so we know how much food to have on hand. It is open to SSWA members and their friends. Call Curt at 631-661-0379 so I can hold a place for you the day of the shoot. It will cost $40 for a round of 100 clays with lunch included. BRING YOUR OWN SHELLS.

Call early to get a spot because the numbers are limited. Talk to your friends and bring them along for a day of clays, food, and SSWA camaraderie.


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