On October 10, 2011, the National Audubon Society released an online scavenger hunt that allows birders to enjoy the thrill of building their life list without leaving their home. The Birding the Net game has spread to thousands of online birders, and it’s easy to become part of the flock.
About the Game
The game is a Facebook application connected throughout the virtual world. Players visit supporting websites to spot animated birds, and clicking on those graphics opens a “trading card” to collect. Clicking on the card launches the Facebook app and adds that bird to the player’s collection. With 34 birds to collect in a range of bird families, it can be a challenge to find new species, and new birds are being released and relocated daily. A single player can collect multiple cards of the same bird from different websites and trade with participating Facebook friends to gather even more cards.
Players can participate in the game for fun, but those who register their email address are competing for a range of prizes. The grand prize – which will go to the eligible player who first collects all 34 cards – is a 10-day trip for two from Lindblad Expeditions to the Galapagos Islands for some real-life, once-in-a-lifetime birding. Additional prizes include Canon DSLR camera kits, Nikon binoculars and the Audubon Birds of North America mobile app. A total of 200 prizes will be awarded to the top 200 birders “birding the net.”
Tips for Finding Bird Cards
It might seem easy to find bird cards, but the trick is to find them before other birders – only the fastest birders will win prizes. These tips can help you be the first to find the rarest birds…
- Follow @FloridaScrubJay, @RufHummingbird, and @AudubonSociety on Twitter for “official” clues.
- Search Twitter for #birdingthenet to get clues and card locations shared by participants.
- Encourage your Facebook friends to play, and actively trade cards to collect more birds.
- When viewing possible locations for the collectible birds, refresh the page several times to renew ads that may be covering the birds.
- On the Facebook app, click the cards you’re missing to see if any clues have been shared about those birds.
- Check for new clues and updated sightings frequently – some birds stay in the same place for several days, but others may spend only a few minutes at one location before moving on.
The game continues through November 7, so get birding – you never know what birds you may see or what prizes you may win!