Fantasy Birding Is an Actual Fantasy Sport That Exists in the Real World

March 18, 2019

If you think e-sports are weird, then you'll love fantasy birding. This computerized bird-spotting competition is an actual thing, similar to fantasy football, basketball, baseball, NASCAR, and golf. Fantasy birding doesn't result in a flock of bird-crazy watchers hopping flights and logging their own bird sightings; rather, using a database called eBird, it allows them to set a different location each day, and then earn points based on how may birds the birders who are physically at that location log. Fantasy birding's creator, Matt Smith, tells Deadspin that, in future years, he hopes to assign more points to rare bird sightings. But the fact that this fantasy "sport" even exists is innovative enough, don't you think?!