I doubt anyone involved in waterfowl conservation in Canada is not familiar with the contributions of Dr. Dave Ankney. It makes total sense, then, that a tribute page set up in his honour has been inundated with messages of praise—beginning weeks ago after it was publicly announced Ankney was battling cancer. Yesterday, sadly, he lost the fight, and I expect the tributes will continue to flow in.

A retired professor of zoology at the University of Western Ontario, Ankney worked tirelessly on behalf of the waterfowl community. Among his many contributions, he served as president of the Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters and was most recently chair of Long Point Waterfowl’s scientific advisory committee. And now two scholarships have been launched in honour of Ankney and his wife, Sandi Johnson, who is also a strong advocate of ducks and duck hunters. To be administered by Long Point Waterfowl, the Dave Ankney & Sandi Johnson Graduate Research Scholarship will be awarded annually to two graduate students working on waterfowl issues in North America.

For more on the scholarship, as well as Ankney’s life and career, click here to visit Long Point Waterfowl’s tribute page to the man. A ceremony to celebrate his life will be held May 19.