STATEMENT BY THE DEFENCE RESEARCH BOARD:
Project WOOD DUCK, a fundamental research study concerned with the effects of birds on radar screens, will be carried out in March by Defence Research Board scientists on the famed Jack Miner bird sanctuary near Kingsville, Ont.
Birds have been recognized as such on the screens of radar sets for some time. Project WOOD DUCK will aim at investigating and providing further scientific information on the registration effects of birds on the screens. The study will be one of the numerous fundamental research projects sponsored by DRB to add to Canada's general fund of scientific knowledge. Tens of thousands of geese and ducks seek refuge on the Miner sanctuary each March on their flight to Canada's northern reaches. They usually rest and feed there for about three weeks before resuming the last leg of their annual move to the Arctic.
The DRB scientists will begin setting up radar equipment and observation posts at Kingsville in February. A small observation team may operate in the Long Point Beach area near Port Rowan when the birds leave the sanctuary for the long flight north.
Manly F. and Jasper Miner, sons of the late Jack Miner who are continuing to operate the sanctuary developed by their father, are extending every cooperation to the scientists. In charge of the project will be Dr. John Chapman, formerly of London, Ont., of the Board's Radio Physics Laboratory near Ottawa.
Clipping from a local newspaper;
and the Wood Duck badge: