Mannahatta pins are being added to the game!

After a decade of research the Mannahatta Project at the Wildlife Conservation Society un-covered the original Ecology of Manhattan.

Manhattan then and now

Manhattan then and now

The Mannahatta project brings to life the original ecology of Manhattan prior to European settlement. It shows us that the centre of one of the world’s largest and most built-up cities was once a remarkably diverse, natural landscape of hills, valleys, forests, fields, freshwater wetlands, salt marshes, beaches, springs, ponds and streams, supporting a rich and abundant community of wildlife that sustained people for thousands of years before Europeans arrived on the scene in 1609.

Manhattan now and recreated pre European Settlement

Manhattan now and recreated pre European Settlement

Habitat aims to bring some of the research of Mannahatta to the streets of New York and into the hands of a young audience. We hope to place over 60 virtual Mannahatta pins throughout New York – rewarding players for finding these locations, while providing some historic background information and fun quiz questions.

The Mannahatta Virtual Pin Collection - The Beaver

The Mannahatta Virtual Pin Collection – The Beaver

Players will collect the unique Mannahatta pins and they will be able to trade these pins with other players from across the country and around the world.

One of the aims of the Mannahatta project was to bring greater environmental awareness to people in New York City.  We hope the Mannahatta pins will help with this objective by encouraging kids reconnect to their natural environment. Helping them appreciate the environmental diversity of Manhattan, which supported over 45 different ecosystems, thousand of species (including wolves, black bears, bald eagles, beavers) and it was also home to the original Native American people, the Lenape.

There are currently five Mannahatta pins sprinkled around the city.

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About habitatthegame

The world’s habitats are in danger and you can help save them. In the vein of the Tamagotchi persistence play craze of the 90s, users will undertake actions to keep an endangered animal alive. In Habitat game players will adopt a polar bear. To keep the bear alive and healthy, players need to successfully complete events in the game and undertake real world actions. By completing these TASKS players will progress through levels, increasing the health of their bear and earn badges of recognition for their efforts. Ultimately the goal is to save the world by improving the bear’s health.

Posted on May 29, 2014, in Habitat the Game, Virtual Pins and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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