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Operation Duck Pond has had some success over the past few months. We were able to get a webpage up describing the project.
We have also been running a Facebook page (link below) that had a great start with close to 100 (now at 120) 'likes' within the first weeks, after that we have been slowly climbing. We usually get 30-50 people who “saw” each post put on the site. The best was 506 people who saw an article on what Fish & Game is doing with floating nesting platforms.
There has been good media coverage with articles in the Fish & Game magazine, the Flight Magazine, and the Hunting and Fishing catalogue. Fish & Game's Public Awareness team have done a wonderful job assisting me on this part of the project. They also plan to filming a few segments in June both for promotion and also instructional.
We currently have eight ponds (4 Eastern, 1 Hawkes Bay, 1 North Canterbury, 1 Southland, and 1 Wellington). Based on enquiries we're receiving, it's likely we will have more in the weeks to come.
Report compiled by Northland Fish & Game officer Nathan Burkepile.
'Operation Duck Pond is go! Check out the project's Facebook page here and get involved.
If you want to get involved by sending us some information or feedback, please email us.
Operation Duck Pond - a nationwide ‘citizen science’ project