Austin Bird Bingo is an interactive art piece that features 24 different birds that can be found in Austin and Travis County. These bingo cards are color-coded based on each bird’s migration patterns, and include a scannable QR code for users to learn fun facts about each species. The card also comes with a plastic sleeve that allows it to be written on, wiped clean, and re-used after each game. The goal of this project is to educate Austin locals and tourists alike about the different birds that can be found throughout central Texas, while encouraging people to get outside and explore to find each species in their native habitats.
Project Description & History
Austin Bird Bingo started as a collaboration between Texas-based artist Emily Tolipova’s Where’d the Wild Things Go and THOSE Vending Machines as a fun art piece, and has since expanded to become a great educational tool. The project aims to promoteavian conservation by encouraging Texans to view and learn about the local birds in their area. Austin Bird Bingo also hopes to foster a deeper commitment to conservation efforts that benefit central Texas bird species, including the endangered Golden-cheeked warbler.
Austin Bird Bingo gamifies birdwatching and avian conservation, inviting Texans of all ages to get excited about spotting and protecting wildlife in their city. This project encourages the Austin community to get outside in nature to learn about their local birds, migratory patterns, and their native habitats.