[Tweeters] birding board games

Gary Bletsch garybletsch at yahoo.com
Sun Dec 12 16:25:15 PST 2021

Dear Tweeters,
In the 1990's, a friend showed me a game called "Yotta." The name of the game is a play on words, as in "You ought to." As I recall, there were various versions of the game, and one was "Yotta Know Waterfowl." I played it a few times with mixed groups of adults and kids. I was the only birder in the group, so I used to give myself a handicap--I would have to come up with the scientific name of the bird, not just the English one. After playing the game a few times, young kids would know how to tell a Pintail from a Canada Goose, which is a good thing.
I don't think the Yotta games ever caught on, and I don't think they are sold any more. The Wingspan game sounds complicated, which would make me avoid playing it. The beauty of Yotta was similar to that of Memory. A small child can play Memory, as can an adult. In the case of Memory, I always noticed that a young kid who did not yet know how to read seemed to have a bit of an advantage somehow, as if that kid's brain had not yet been clogged up with cerebral artifices. 
Yours truly,
Gary Bletsch 
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