The University of California Cooperative Extension used social media to solicit donations to support research on the Pacific fisher, a rare forest-dwelling weasel, conducted by UC scientists. The social media campaign included blog and Facebook postings, news releases, and tweets requesting donations of single socks. Socks were donated from around the state and nation, with 82% coming from urban areas. The drive was successful at securing resources to support wildlife research while at the same time extending outreach to new non-local audiences. The major challenge was developing the local logistical support to deal with the overwhelming influx of donations.
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Kocher, S., Lombardo, A., & Sweitzer, R. A. (2013). Using Social Media to Involve the Public in Wildlife Research—the SNAMP Fisher Sock Collection Drive. The Journal of Extension, 51(1), Article 4. https://doi.org/10.34068/joe.51.01.04