The future of birdlife conservation
Native bird conservation could soon be as accessible as a push notification to your phone.
Squawk Squad is an Auckland business that plans to use an app to connect people across the country to rat traps. Each time a trap kills a rodent a notification is sent to users who have contributed money to the enterprise.
Squawk Squad will use gas powered rat-traps from Wellington company Goodnature and wireless sensor networks from Auckland company Encounter Solutions.
Each trap costs $400. Squawk Squad wants 20 pledgers per trap, each contributing $20 through a Kickstarter campaign beginning on May 1.
The conservation tool was thought up by Grey Lynn resident Fraser McConnell and North Shore business partner Alex Hannon.
McConnell said Squawk Squad aimed to be the ‘‘gamification of conservation’’.
‘‘We believe that if we can connect a lot more people to the process of conservation then we can make much more of a big difference,’’ McConnell said.
Those who contribute get to see exactly where the traps are being deployed.
Each trap can kill 24 rats before its gas canister needs to be reset, compared to a traditional trap that needs to be reset after every rat.
Squawk Squad founders Alex Hannon and Fraser McConnell.