WHO’S THAT POKÉMON? 🐍
A recent scientific article brought to light an interesting discussion about how Pokémon Go might have positive impacts on the conservation of real species. Since the game essentially encourages users to seek out creatures in outdoor environments, it’s fairly similar to wildlife watching in a way (though with some obvious differences).
It’s suggested that as people walk in search of Pokémon, they are exposed to basic biological concepts such as ‘species’ identification, habitat preferences and abundance. Despite the game’s sole focus on virtual creatures, it has been found to increase people’s awareness and interest in the natural world around them, with many people coming across real animals while they play the game. By sparking this interest, people may be more inclined to care about the conservation of wildlife in the future. Given that millions of people are regularly engaged with this app, the article suggests that certain ideas could be borrowed or modified to create digital games that engage and educate people about real world wildlife.
This barely scratches the surface of this topic, but if you’d like to read more search for the article: Pokémon Go: Benefits, Costs, and Lessons for the Conservation Movement (Dorward et. al).
📷: Golden-crowned Snake (Cacophis squamulosus).
Monday’s creature spotlight goes to one of my animal favorites: Irwin, our 12-year-old Solomon Island Tree Skink. These are one of the most fascinating lizards! 🦎
✳️ They live in social groups which is extremely RARE for reptiles. ✳️ Out of the 1,500 + skink species, they are the only ones that are strictly vegetarian! 🍇🍌🍓🥗🥝
✳️ They show parental care, which is extremely unusual for reptiles. ✳️ They have a prehensile tail just like a monkey 🐒 #wildlifephotography#wildlife_perfection#wildlifephotographer#wildlifeplanet
Screenshot of @taylorndean and her junkie boyfriend smoking weed next to her satanic leaf tailed geckos. How much more proof do y'all need that she's trash (most already know her bf is)
I smoke weed regularly, but never smoke around your pets. Especially sensitive geckos.
California Naturalist Julie Wittmann (@pepperwoodpreserve 2012, MS @sonomastateuniversity ) taught Hopland Research & Extension Center Naturalists all about setting up a citsci herpetofauna monitoring project last weekend. Yay for skill sharing, dedicated volunteers, and some drizzly NorCal weather! Julie’s research, curriculum & protocols are free to download at www.protecthabitat.com. #herps#communityscience#calnat ...
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