For The Birds is an original series of pixel art featuring birds of the world.
Proceeds are be donated to the World Land Trust, an organization that protects rainforest around the world.
Frequently Asked Questions
Where can I buy them?
What's an NFT?
Non-Fungible Tokens (NFT)s are virtual objects that are unique and keep records of their own history. In this case, we're talking about virtual trading cards that can be bought, sold, and provably scarce. All transactions are publicly traceable and transparent on the WAX blockchain. You can see how many of a card was made and all prior sales.
These virtual trading cards can be burned. That means a card can be destroyed to increase the scarcity and release the minimum monetary value (1 WAX).
Here is a Beginners Guide to this specific platform.
How is the art made?
Each bird starts as a 128x128 pixel illustration, with no more than 12 colors. They are made by hand with GIMP and zero filter/anti-aliasing wizardry. Pixel art also allows for high resolution with smaller file sizes. This saves on blockchain costs and long-term storage issues.
Currently 20 illustrations are completed with series 1 being 22 cards. A larger series 2 is being planned now.
What about rarity?
We're using the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) to determine the card's rarity. Each card is minted in an amount corresponding to the species safety status on the IUCN Red List. The more endangered the species, the more scarce and valuable the card. The below table shows the specifics.
Extinct (EX) 1 max - Not Burnable Extinct in the wild (EW) 3-5 for sale Critically endangered (CR) 6-10 for sale Endangered (EN) 11-25 for sale Vulnerable (VU) 26-50 for sale Near threatened (NT) 51-75 for sale Least concern (LC) 76-100 for sale ---(LC) Invasive 150 for sale - Not WAX backed
Where does the money go?
When the minimum amount (100GBP) is raised through sales it will be sent directly to WLT's buy an acre program.
5% of secondary-sales will go to the artist.
So far we've saved 1 acre and donated an additional 10 GBP a month since April 2021.
Can you ensure future card value?
Yes and No. All cards with the exception of Extinct and Invasive will be backed by 1 WAX. That means at any time card owners can sacrifice the card and receive the current value of one WAX. Also, we promise to strictly adhere to the limits on initial minting to keep card scarcity. Beyond that we cannot make promises about the future value of WAX or the art itself. Initial WAX backing will come from our own funds, but will be self sustaining in the future. Extinct species will not be burnable since they are 1 of a kind.
How secure are the files?
Highly secure! The blockchain doesn't store the art itself, but a file link. Usually this is prone to failure if a server goes down or a URL changes. With the InterPlanetary File System (IPFS), that is no concern. All art files used For The Birds are stored in the IPFS, a decentralized file storage system. You can count on the art existing and tied to your NFT for the long term.
Fees are low. While the Etherium blockchain is obviously more popular, the fee structure is too unpredictable. I want as much money as possible to go to the charity. The fees on the WAX blockchain are negligible, which means I can do more, faster and give the most back.
Trust is high. The WAX blockchain has already partnered with many big projects including Atari, Street Fighter, the Leonard Nimoy Foundation, and more. Plus, all transactions are transparent. Meaning there is no third party acting as a gatekeeper to information and your NFTs.
Future Growth. There is a well documented API for using WAX. As applications grow along with the blockchain, we'll be able to develop more complex projects in the future without having to spend lots of money and time. We have many ideas for growing For The Birds, but that is for later. Currently we're working on Nesting, a web game you can play now.
Ease of Entry. For those not already involved in the world of cryptocurrencies, the WAX blockchain is an easy place to begin: You can log in with a google account, buy WAX with a credit card or on exchanges, wallet addresses are short and simple, and the interfaces are user friendly.
What is your relationship to the World Land Trust?
We are only raising funds for the World Land Trust. We aren't affiliated with them or the IUCN directly. It will be up to the World Land Trust to determine what land to buy and how best to protect it. They're experts at that, we aren't. We will post proof of donations and continue to donate regularly as funds are raised.
Can I have one for free?
Yes! We will occasionally drop invasive species cards for promotion of the project. Each time we do, there will be 150 cards available for free for 24 hours. Earth Day is coming up and I sense a drop may appear. As a reminder these wont be backed by WAX.