The DuckCam and Botany Pond website are live!

April 28, 2020 • 8:30 am

There is now an official university website for the Botany Pond Camera, as well as new social media sites and a YouTube site. The website is called “On Botany Pond.” There’s also a Twitter site (@OnBotanyPond), where the University can post duck and pond pictures, and a Hashtag site, #OnBotanyPond, where you can share your own thoughts and photos.

First the official website (click on screenshot to visit). The cover photo was taken by a University photographer:

Note that there are five links, including “Meet Honey the Duck” (I’m not yet sure that the picture on that page is Honey, but rest assured we’ll get it right).

Clicking on the LiveCam takes you to a 24/7 view of most of the pond (not all of it is visible, but what you can see covers most of the action). Or you can watch the pond live on YouTube at the site below, which is part of the website. Right now you’ll be able to see Wingman and his buddy swimming around, as the hens are still on the nest.

Fortunately, when I fell into the pond this morning (a first, and that post will be up later), it wouldn’t have been visible as it would be just out of view at the lower right corner of the screen.  But you’ll probably see me on camera feeding and tending the ducks from time to time. Look for the old guy with shaggy hair tossing food to the waterfowl.

Note that the University’s first tweet on its site was a retweet of a lovely drake photo (Wingman?) by Arne Duncan (below) You’ll remember Duncan as the man who served as Obama’s Secretary of Education for seven years.

Go knock yourself out, and in a week there will be ducklings.

27 thoughts on “The DuckCam and Botany Pond website are live!

  1. Wonderful! Sorry to hear about your accident this morning – there’s a horrible inevitability about it happening on the very day that the DuckCam officially went live.

  2. Maybe you should get a lifeguard at the pond?

    I have already sent information on the Botany Pond and YouTube live feed to a few people. Should let as many people know as possible.

  3. Shouldn’t there be a clear credit given to the duck farmers, clever maintenance, and especially PCC(E)? For all their effort and care over the years? For the narrative and storytelling? The naming?

    I apologize if I seem defensive but I feel there is substantial work and care behind this. A simple “hashtag” seems not to capture that.

      1. I tried using the form on the website but, as far as I can tell, nothing happened. Not sure what I expected it to do exactly. Perhaps tweet on my behalf? Anyway, perhaps they’re still working out the bugs.

        I appreciate that the university is putting serious effort into this. It’s especially welcome in these pandemic times.

  4. It’s a busier place (in terms of human activity) than I was expecting. Hopefully they’ll keep their distance from the pond more when the ducklings are there.

    1. Actually this is fairly quiet when students, faculty and staff are on campus the pond has visitors almost all day long.

  5. Is the pond spring fed? I saw something pushing the water about quite vigorously.
    Am patiently awaiting the duck hoard.

    1. There are pumps and filters in the pond that help keep the water moving and monitor the water level. PCC can probably explain in more detail.

  6. This is my favoured news of the day – I’m sure I’ll have it on a display regularly. It seems worth celebrating, but I’ll at least share it around a little.

    Thanks to you and the university for helping expose more than a glimpse of biology and community to the world.

  7. Sitting in my chair in Queensland, Australia and watching the shimmering pond surface reflecting that bare tree on the other side of the globe.

    So looking forward to seeing those fluff balls.

    Mind boggling,
    thanks to our host & support crew.

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