Arizona Game and Fish videos attract 1 million-plus viewers

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August 3rd, 2009

Online videos provided by the Arizona Game and Fish Department have now exceeded the one-million-viewer mark, but guess which one received the most public interest?

Was it the popular black-footed ferrets? Maybe it was the always intriguing burrowing owls? Could it have been the captivating peregrine falcons nesting on downtown skyscrapers?

While all those recordings drew impressive audiences, the top video attracting more than 127,261 views on YouTube so far was an interesting segment about hunting dogs done for the department’s award-winning television series.

“We’ve had our videos online at places like YouTube for about two years now,” said Webmaster Brian Ference. “We started off slowly with just a couple of videos and have expanded the offerings and the number of Web sites showing them quite a bit since the early days.”

Now you can see all of the department’s “Arizona Wildlife Views” television shows, which are cycled to the Web sites once they have been shown on the Public Broadcasting Stations in Phoenix and Tucson.

There are also how-to videos and public service announcements. Sometimes you will just find interesting video segments on subjects such as wildlife, mounted cowboy shooting, archery competitions, boating, off-highway travel and wildlife watching. There’s a little something for everyone.

Want tips on how to live with urban wildlife? Just sit down at your computer, open up the video at www.azgfd.gov, and start watching any time.

“We even have a fish cam at one of our hatcheries,” Ference said. “Videos on the Web are becoming more and more popular, so I am sure we will continue to expand our offerings. Wildlife especially make fascinating viewing.”

Other places to find Arizona Game and Fish Department videos include:

  • DailyMotion
  • Yahoo
  • MySpace
  • Metacafe
  • Blip.tv
  • Veoh
  • Viddler
  • Howcast
  • Facebook Video

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