[Tweeters] Fwd: birding board games: "Yotta know Birds" (1982)

plkoyama at comcast.net plkoyama at comcast.net
Mon Dec 13 10:52:25 PST 2021

I still have our game, first purchased as Yotta Know About Waterfowl. I had gone to Tanzania through the Seattle Zoo in Feb 1982 on what was their first foreign eco-trip. I was a regular Green Lake runner, and when I returned from Africa, eyes having been opened to birds, I noted a huge variety of waterfowl on the lake. I wondered, hey, did these ducks just start coming here, or have they been here all these years??? I only recognized Mallard and “coots” then. When I mentioned this to David, he bought us the Yotta game at REI. I sorted through the beautiful waterfowl cards, and began carrying them around the lake, learning to i.d. the ducks. Then I bought the card packs for birds, branching out to other avian species, and eventually a Peterson guidebook. in 2003, I even used the cards to study for the Master Birder entry exam! The game has served me well, though I haven’t looked at it for ages. Thanks for the reminder, Gary!
Penny Koyama, Bothell
From: Elaine Chuang
Sent: Monday, December 13, 2021 10:09 AM
To: tweeters at u.washington.edu
Subject: [Tweeters] Fwd: birding board games: "Yotta know Birds" (1982)

Perhaps check these two out, Dennis ...and other fans of the good ol’ days when there were many games you touched, touched you - -



From:Dennis Paulson <dennispaulson at comcast.net>
Sent: Monday, December 13, 2021 7:08 AM
To: Alan Roedell <alanroedell at gmail.com>
Cc: TWEETERS tweeters <tweeters at u.washington.edu>
Subject: Re: [Tweeters] birding board games

No, I didn’t create those Yotta games, but I was their consultant for all things biological. I was sorry they discontinued them, as I thought they were fun.

Dennis Paulson

On Dec 12, 2021, at 7:14 PM, Alan Roedell <alanroedell at gmail.com> wrote:
Just a note: I believe the Yotta games were created by our local hero, Dennis Paulson.
Just sayin,

Alan Roedell, Seattle

On Sun, Dec 12, 2021, 4:26 PM Gary Bletsch <garybletsch at yahoo.com> wrote:
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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