Delta Waterfowl Foundation

Delta Waterfowl Foundation is a nonprofit organization that works in both Canada and the United States whose mission is to provide knowledge, leaders and science-based solutions that efficiently conserve waterfowl and secure the future for waterfowl hunting. [1]


In the 1930s, James Ford Bell, sportsman and founder of General Mills, bought 5,000 acres (20 km²) of Delta Marsh in Manitoba, Canada. For several years Bell hunted waterfowl on the marsh in autumn and raised and released waterfowl in the spring and summer from a private hatchery.

1938 Bell approached Aldo Leopold, considered the father of wildlife management in the US, to establish a research station dedicated to waterfowl research at Delta Marsh that very little was known at the time of waterfowl biology. After some discussion, Aldo Leopold agreed Bell idea and took his graduate student Hans Albert Hochbaum from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Hochbaum completed his graduate work at Delta Marsh on Canvasback ducks and went on to become the scientific director of Delta Waterfowl and Wetlands Research Station.


Today, Delta Waterfowl supports research training on seabirds (MA and Ph.D.) along with other programs that are focused on waterfowl populations and waterfowl hunting in North America. [ Citation needed ]


  1. Jump up ^ “What we do”. Pulled 01/25/2015.