Join our 2023 Wildlife Watching Challenge!

What is the 2023 #TreeswiftChallenge ?

In 2023, join Treeswift Wildlife & Nature in a game of wildlife watching bingo as we challenge ourselves to get the most out of our love of wildlife and nature in a fun and creative new way! Just like a normal game of bingo, participants have to tick off as many squares as possible with each one posing a different challenge to complete. Each player has the full year to try and tick off as many of the squares as possible.

To make things more interesting, we have two different challenge types: a ‘fun’ level and a ‘mega’ level. Simply choose what’s best for you and enjoy!

As an extra incentive, we have two fabulous prizes to giveaway for those who successfully complete their #treeswiftchallenge. Upon completion (and ratification, see below) your name will go into the draw to win one of our prizes.

The prize for ‘fun’ level will be a half day custom tour with us valued at $300.00AU.

The prize for those who complete the ‘Mega Level’ Treeswift Challenge will be a $500.00AU credit to be used towards any Treeswift Wildlife & Nature tour, event, or experience (the credit can be used across multiple tours).

Which challenge level do you choose?

Game Rules & Challenge Explanations:

Fun Challenge:

1. See 5 Lifers: a lifer is when you see an animal that you have never seen in your life. Head out into the wild and observe five species of animal you have never seen before

2. Learn 5 new bird calls: learn how to recognise five new bird calls

3. See an owl in the wild: this can be either at a day roost or at night, as long as the animal is wild

4. Go on a pelagic of whale watching trip: this can be for a full day or a few hours, as long as your on a boat and out to sea!

5. Watch 1 wildlife documentary: this can be any length, a series or a stand alone film, as long as it is about wildlife and/or nature

6. See 100 different species of animal: observe 100 different species of animal in 2023. All animals must be wild and observed in Australia

7. Photograph 50 different species of animal: As above, photograph 50 different species of animal in 2023. All animals must be wild and observed in Australia

8. Track down your nemesis animal: a nemesis (or bogey) animal is a species you have repeatedly tried to see/photograph but keep missing. Finally track down that animal in 2023!

9. Go away on a specific wildlife watching trip or holiday: only stipulations is that your trip must be a minimum of 1 night away from home and be about wildlife watching (no work trips or family holidays with incidental visits to parks, etc)

10. See at least 1 mammal, bird, reptile and amphibian species: this ties into step 6 – make sure that in your 100 species of wild animal you have included at least 1 mammal, 1 bird, 1 reptile and 1 amphibian species.

11. Go spotlighting: head out at night with a spotlight on a quest to see nocturnal wildlife. Make sure your torch/spotlight is charged and take a friend!

12. Take a friend wildlife watching (who’s never been before!): this should be fun! Take a friend who’s not into wildlife (or relative) out on a wildlife watching experience. This can be whale watching, spotlighting, birdwatching, etc

13. Plant a native plant in your garden: help the planet and your local wildlife by planting a native species in your garden. If you don’t have a garden, this can be a friends/relatives garden or at work or even just a pot on your balcony

14. Donate to a conservation organisation: there is no dollar amount minimum or maximum, but this conservation organisation should focus on wildlife and be Australian-based

15. Submit 50 eBird lists: time to sign up for eBird (if you haven’t already) and submit at least 50 lists in 2023. If you need help setting up eBird, get in touch!

16. Go wildlife watching in 2 different states: cross the border on a quest to see wildlife you can’t in your home state

Mega Challenge:

1. See 10 Lifers: a lifer is when you see an animal that you have never seen in your life. Head out into the wild and observe five species of animal you have never seen before

2. Successfully twitch a vagrant or a rare animal: this can be any species (not limited to birds, for example a seal on a beach, whale in a bay etc). To twitch, means to chase a specific rare species that has occurred somewhere outside its range. Good luck!

3. See 5 critically endangered species: observe at least 5 critically endangered species in the wild. Endangered status as observed by the IUCN

4. Go on 2 pelagic of whale watching trips: rules as per ‘Fun Challenge’

5. Volunteer for a conservation organisation: give something back to the community that we love and volunteer your time and skills to improving our planet (whether weeding, picking up rubbish, office help, etc). Organisation must support wildlife and be based in Australia

6. See 300 different species of animal: observe 300 different species of animal in 2023. All animals must be wild and observed in Australia

7. Photograph 150 different species of animal: As above, photograph 150 different species of animal in 2023. All animals must be wild and observed in Australia

8. Track down your nemesis animal: a nemesis (or bogey) animal is a species you have repeatedly tried to see/photograph but keep missing. Finally track down that animal in 2023!

9. Branch Out!: learn more about our incredible natural world and track down one of each of the following: 1 mollusc, 1 echinoderm, 1 jellyfish, 1 butterfly, 1 moth, 1 scorpion, 1 spider, 1 fungi species

10. See at least 10 mammal, bird, reptile and amphibian species: this ties into step 6 – make sure that in your 300 species of wild animal you have included at least 10 of each of the following: mammal, bird, reptile, amphibian

11. Make your garden ecofriendly: go above and beyond to improve your home by making your garden ecofriendly. This could include, but is not limited to, installing a bird feeder/bath, a bat/glider/possum/owl box, replanting the garden with natives, installing a compost bin, etc. If you do not have a garden you may wish to do this at work/friend or relatives place/etc.

12. Take a friend wildlife watching (who’s never been before!): this should be fun! Take a friend who’s not into wildlife (or relative) out on a wildlife watching experience. This can be whale watching, spotlighting, birdwatching, etc

13. Visit your local patch twice a month for the full year: a ‘patch’ is a local garden or park often close to your home or place of work that you frequently visit. Patch wildlife watching is a great way to observe change, migration, etc in your local area and commits valuable data via citizen science. 

15. Donate to a conservation organisation: there is no dollar amount minimum or maximum, but this conservation organisation should focus on wildlife and be Australian-based

15. Submit 200 eBird lists: time to sign up for eBird (if you haven’t already) and submit at least 200 lists in 2023. If you need help setting up eBird, get in touch!

16. Go wildlife watching in 4 different states: cross the border (maybe a few times) on a quest to see wildlife you can’t in your home state

Rules & Prize Submission:

The Treeswift Challenge is based on the honour system and we trust that our participants will do the right thing (you’re only cheating yourself after all!). That being said, if you complete your Treeswift Challenge and choose to go into the draw for one of our prizes, you will be asked to provide certain proof or documentation of your challenge. 

To enter for your chance to win one of our prizes, simply email [email protected] when you have completed the challenge and we’ll take it from there! 

All who successfully complete the Treeswift Challenge will be listed on the website as champions of the #treeswiftchallenge! 

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