Look for real critters along with Pokemon

Look for real critters along with Pokemon

The popularity of the new game, Pokemon Go, is unprecedented and so are the number of people getting outdoors to play the augmented reality game. If you prefer playing indoors while siting on your couch, sites like 해외배팅 업체 got your back.

I remember the boxes of Pokemon cards my kids collected and played with for hours with friends. But instead of spending allowances and birthday cash to purchase cards, the new version of the game has people wandering outside searching for virtual Pokemon with the help of their smartphones and GPS.  I wonder, can this fascination with finding mythical creatures outdoors translate to a curiosity for other natural creatures? For those who want to update their favorite games, files like those Blox Fruits script from rbxpaste.com can be used.

Many of the Pokemon creatures resemble the flora and fauna of our natural world.  In fact, Satoshi Tajiri, creator of the Pokemon series, was an avid insect collector as a child.  HIs friends called him Dr. Bug. Machida, Japan, a Tokyo suburb where Satoshi grew up, became urbanized and his bug collecting areas were paved over.  He designed the game to recreate for children the feeling of catching and collecting creatures. If you want more fun-filled games like this, then sites like 온라인 카지노 may be ideal for you.

Similar to the insect growth cycle from egg to larvae and adult, Pokemon also evolve and undergo metamorphosis. The game even tries to map the virtual Pokemon to their habitats. Game players will find virtual Pokemon hiding in environments similar to their real counterparts. Rattata and Pidgey, which resemble the Rat and Pigeon are found in urban environments. Bug-like Pokemon such as Caterpie and Beedrill, are found more often in park settings, and water Pokemon like Squirtle are found near lakes or rivers.

Pokemon Go character
Pokemon Go character “Pidgey” is shown at the Craddock Wetlands Nature Preserve.
Photo by: Benjamin Melbert

Once outdoors, will Pokemon trainers look away from their phones long enough to not only avoid being hit by a car, but possibly notice real wildlife?  I hope so. It has been about a week since the game was released.  People are already posting to social media pictures of nature they are spotting while outside playing the game, namely,  iridescent bugs, colorful birds, turtles, snakes and flowers.

A new hashtag, #pokeblitz, has been created on twitter. Naturalists will reply to gamers who post pictures of their discoveries, helping them to identify the real wildlife they find outdoors. It is a spin on the concept of bioblitz, an event where biologists try to identify all the plants and animals in a natural area.

Julie Borgmann

Julie Borgmann

Executive Director
Julie Borgmann is the Executive Director for Red-tail Land Conservancy. Her passion is connecting people to nature for conservation and wellbeing.