Eiderdown harvesting
has been practised for millenia.

The Société Duvetnor has introduced a method of harvesting the down that establishes an extraordinary partnership between humans and eider: in exchange for this exclusive natural product with unrivalled characteristics, humans guarantee the protection of the nesting habitat. 

Société Duvetnor Ltée

Canadian Eiderdown in The St.Lawrence Estuary

Eiderdown has unique properties recognized by Icelanders going back a thousand years, and for at least three centuries by the first inhabitants of New France, which eventually became Québec. These first French settlers, overwhelmed by the harshness of Canadian winters, negotiated the purchase of eiderdown from the Amerindians of the Lower North Shore of the St. Lawrence River.

The Common Eider duck survives in the icy waters of the Northern Hemisphere. Québec's bird sanctuaries on the islands in the St. Lawrence Estuary provide a relatively safe place for the eider ducks to rest and nest during their annual migration.

Protects Natural Land

In spring, Duvetnor biologists visit each colony once towards the end of incubation to collect a portion of down in each nest. Profits made from eiderdown has allowed Duvetnor to purchase, protect and enhance several islands of the Lower St.Lawrence. 

Promotes Biodiversity

The annual harvest yields precious scientific information about the status of the population that is used by biologists to manage the species and its habitat. The Canadian Wildlife Service, responsible for the management of these habitats, receives crucial scientific data. 

A Circular Economy

The benefits derived from the harvest have led to the acquisition, protection and development of several eider nesting islands in the estuary. The harvest generates funds that are directed into concrete measures for the conservation and enhancement of the natural environment.