Ottawa Duck Club Inc.
The Ottawa Duck Club is one of the largest and most active wildlife conservation organizations in the Ottawa Valley.
The Ottawa Duck Club evolved from a sportsmen's group called QUEONT (Quebec-Ontario Wild Duck Propagation) and some of the original QUEONT members are still active today. It had its beginning in 1966 and Murray Boegel became the first President. The Ottawa Duck Club was formed by a number of concerned citizens who understood the detrimental impact that the degradation of our environment was having on our waterfowl population. Club members set out to improve the habitat for both migrating and nesting waterfowl.
Through Murray Boegel's efforts, the Ottawa Duck Club was able to obtain a long-term agreement on the use of nearly 7,000 acres of Crown Game Preserve at Shirley's Bay behind the Connaught Rifle Range, for wetlands work. With the assistance and cooperation of the Department of National Defence, a series of nesting and staging ponds were created, natural foods planted and grains raised for the local and migrating ducks and geese.
The Ottawa Duck Club was incorporated as a not-for-profit organization in 1973. It spends several thousand dollars each year on various pond improvement, floating nest structures, nesting box and other projects for the benefit of waterfowl and other birds in the area. Over the years funds have been raised by holding a Wildlife Art Show and Sale, the sale of grain, the holding of raffles, the sale of nesting boxes, as well as through the sale of memberships and donations to the club. Grants have been received from Wintario, the Canadian National Sportsman's Show, the Wetland Habitat Fund and the Community Fish and Wildlife Improvement Program (CFWIP).
Some of the activities the Ottawa Duck Club has been involved in during the past 37 years include: