Tracking program to monitor release of Australia's rarest duck

Planning for a world-first tracking program to monitor Australia's rarest duck is underway in Newcastle.

The city's Hunter Wetlands Centre has the largest captive population of the freckled duck.

Wetlands CEO Stuart Blanch is currently waiting on final approval from the New South Wales Government to release some of the water birds and start the tracking program.

He said they now needed to raise funds to pay for satellite or cellular trackers to ensure they could monitor what happened to the ducks after they were released.

"We want to track them using satellite trackers or using the Telstra 3G network to see where they go," he said.

"No one really knows where they'll fly to.

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