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No, it’s the latest geo-hybrid, known as BirdCaching.
Developed by Robert Mortensen, this new variation combines our favourite hobby with that of bird-watching, by asking participants to record any avian sightings alongside their name in the logbooj of each birdcache.
Mortensen (GC handle: Birding Is Fun!) says the two hobbies share so many characteristics that their union was a natural fit.
“Both allow one to experience the thrill of the hunt in an intense or leisurely game of hide-and-seek.
Participants try to get as many finds as possible, be it birds or caches.
Both motivate you to get out and explore areas that you otherwise would not, bringing excitement and adventure.”
The American construction manager jokes that both also involve “the same amount of nerdiness”, thanks to all the specialised equipment, smartphone apps, podcasts and blogs.
“Geocaching forums can be just as snarky as birding listservs as folks lay out their subjective opinions on the rules of the game.
Most of all, geocaching and birding are similar in that we are finding things in plain sight that the average person on the street is missing out on.”
The best nest: Consider leaving a local field guide in your BirdCache for novice birders to use.
Mortensen first heard of geocaching about six years ago from a friend in Arizona.
And while his kids loved the treasure hunting and exchanging of trinkets, he never really got into it “because I didn’t have a GPS device”.
“My brother, just 364 days younger than me, is an avid player so the kids and I have enjoyed geocaching with him when he visits.
“Once I got a smartphone and had the ability to use geocaching apps, the door was again opened to me to participate in this fun activity.
Since I live the mantra ‘always be birding’, I found it very natural to combine the two.”
To promote both activities “and introduce birders to geocaching and geocachers to birding”, Mortensen has created a BirdCaching page on his Birding Is Fun! website.
It includes tips and tricks about finding and placing your own BirdCache.
He’s also started a list of BirdCaches by region, which he hopes to other bird-watchers will help him maintain.
It's not about the number you've found.
It's about the fun you had along the way.
The only numbers that matter are the friends you make!
It's all about the journey, the challenge, and enjoying the outdoors!