Bird Study Merit Badge
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While some scouts may be adept at self-study, others may do better in a small group setting and taking notes on worksheets. You can facilitate discussion by asking them why each of the principles intruduced here would be relevant.

    Req #1: Introduction
    Explain the need for bird study and why birds are useful indicators of the quality of the environment.

    Req #2: Bird Sketches & Reports -

    Req #3: Binocular Demonstration -
    Demonstrate that you know how to properly use and care for binoculars.

      a. Explain what the specification numbers on the binoculars mean.
      b. Show how to adjust the eyepiece and how to focus for proper viewing.
      c. Show how to properly care for and clean the lenses.

    Req #4: Field Guide Demonstration -
    Demonstrate that you know how to use a bird field guide. Show your counselor that you are able to understand a range map by locating in the book and pointing out the wintering range, the breeding range, and/or the year-round range of one species of each of the following types of birds: a. Seabird b. Plover c. Falcon or hawk d. Warbler or vireo e. Heron or egret f. Sparrow g. Nonnative bird


BasketryMerit Badge E) Patrol Activity

    Req #8: Backyard Bird Sanctuary -

    For a good patrol night activity - consider anyone of the following: Do ONE of the following. For the option you choose, describe what birds you hope to attract, and why.

      a. Build a bird feeder and put it in an appropriate place in your yard or another location.
      b. Build a birdbath and put it in an appropriate place.
      c. Build a backyard sanctuary for birds by planting trees and shrubs for food and cover.

Bird Study Merit Badge F) Field Trip

Req #5: Observe 20 Species of Wild Birds -

Observe and be able to identify at least 20 species of wild birds. Prepare a field notebook, making a separate entry for each species, and record the following information from your field observations and other references.

    a. Note the date and time.
    b. Note the location and habitat.
    c. Describe the bird's main feeding habitat and list two types of food that the bird is likely to eat.
    d. Note whether the bird is a migrant or a summer, winter, or year-round resident of your area.

Req #6: Identify 5 Bird Calls -

Explain the function of a bird's song. Be able to identify five of the 20 species in your field notebook by song or call alone. For each of these five species enter a description of the song or call, and note the behavior of the bird making the sound. Note why you think the bird was making the call or song that you heard.

Req #7a: Birding Field Trip -

Go on a field trip with a local club or with others who are knowledgeable about birds in your area.

    1. Keep a list or fill out a checklist of all the birds your group observed during the field trip.
    2. Tell your counselor which birds your group saw and why some species were common and some were present in small numbers.
    3. Tell your counselor what makes the area you visited good for finding birds.

Bird Study Merit Badge G) Program Debriefing

After completion of the above activities you may need a final session to report on your work and studies.

H) Extra Credit

Never add to or take away from the stated merit badge requirements. The material presented below is intended only to add fun for the patrol by way of either activity or community service.

Bird Study is one of the elective merit badges for the William T. Hornaday awards for Boy Scouts and Varsity Scouts.

Bird Uses Bread to Fish - Video Clip

Natural Tunnel State Park Virginia Tour Natural Tunnel State Park
Extreme Hikes, Caverns & Nature

Large Natural Tunnel in use today by a major railroad line. The natural tunnel has been a Virginian tourist attraction for more than a century. A major state landmark located on two major trails - This Historic Wilderness Road and Virginia State Birding Trial. It is a popular place for amateur geologists, extreme hikers, railroad buffs, bird watchers and swimmers.

Bird Study Merit Badge J) Bird Study Famous Quotes:

    Weasel Flys on Woodpecker - An amazing image of a weasel mounted on a flying woodpecker has been captured by a photographer in a London park
    Benjamin Franklin - I wish the bald eagle had not been chosen as the representative of our country; he is a bird of bad moral character . . . like those among men who live by sharping and robbing, he is generally poor, and often very lousy . . . the turkey is a much more respectable bird, and withal a true original native of America.

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