Fish and Wildlife Management Merit Badge
Activity Guide for Patrol Leaders

    Fish and Wildlife Management Merit Badge

    Aids for the Boy-Led Scout Troop
    Fish and Wildlife Management Merit Badge is one of the coolest merit badge programs available in scouting - So make the most of it!

    A core element of this program is an Fish and Wildlife Management themed field trip (several exciting options available). Your unit should have a study unit ahead of time and another afterwards. You may need extra funds depending on the nature of the field trip.

    Sample Activity Plan

    A) Make Your Plan
    The Trail to Adventure Fun!

      1. Merit Badge Activity Preview

      2. Sample Plan Outline
      Note: This Plan is a Draft - Some dates, events and activities may change after reviewing it with your leaders.

      • Make draft of Event Flyer (See Example Here).
      • Each Participant to be notified that he needs:
      • Event Dates / Places / Dress Code / Supplies / Etc.
      • Pre-requisites (ie worksheet, blue card, research materials)
      • Homework Requirements
      • Service Project Opportunities? (See Extra Credit)
      • Outdoor & Camping Opportunities? (See Extra Credit)
      • Other Related Scouting Activities? (See Extra Credit)

      3. Meet the Merit Badge Counselor
      Review your plan with the merit badge counselor. Some activities require his advance approval. The Scoutmaster should be able to recommend a counselor to you.

      4. Patrol Leader Council
      Present Activity Proposal to your fellow patrol leaders and scoutmaster. Make assignments as needed.

      5. Field Trip Plan

      • Contact the destination venue. Confirm that they can assist with the Field Trip Requirements. Reserve your Event Dates.
      • Troop Historian should be ready to take pictures on this activity to report back on the next troop blog, newsletter or court of honor.

      6. Announce & Start Activity

      • Get final approval from your scoutmaster.
      • Update event flyer (#2) above.
      • Distribute event flyer / Begin Introduction

    Fish and Wildlife Management Merit Badge B) Introduction
    Present the plan to your patrol or troop (Either at your first activity meeting or sometime earlier.)

    Here are some ideas to show why this activity will be both fun and important.

    Wildlife management is the science and art of managing the wildlife – both animals and fish – with which we share our planet. Maintaining the proper balance and the dynamics that go with it requires humankind’s attention.

    Fish and Wildlife Management Merit Badge

    Show on Laptop or portable TV & crank up the sound!
    (Fleming College - Careers in Fish and Wildlife Management)

    Genealogy Merit Badge D) Study Hall

    Learn important key concepts
    Any Safety Requirements?
    Start family research reports
    Prepare for your Field Tour

    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, #2, #3, #4: Basic Concepts -
      Wildlife management is defined as "the science and art of managing wildlife and its habitat, for the benefit of the soil, vegetation and animals, including humans."

      Req #5, #6, #7: Patrol Planning Meeting:
      Please consult your merit badge counselor before starting each of these wildlife management projects. He may have valuable suggestions on which one is most appropriate for your area and troop.


    Fish and Wildlife Management Merit Badge E) Patrol Activity

    You may want to incorporate one or more of these activities into a themed campout.

    Req #5: Erect Wildlife Nest -
    Choose from one of the following.

      a. Construct, erect, and check regularly at least two artificial nest boxes (wood duck, bluebird, squirrel, etc.) and keep written records for one nesting season.
      b. Construct, erect, and check regularly bird feeders and keep written records of the kinds of birds visiting the feeders.
      c. Design and implement a backyard wildlife habitat improvement project and report the results.
      d. Design and construct a wildlife blind near a game trail, water hole, salt lick, bird feeder, or birdbath and take good photographs or make sketches from the blind of any combination of 10 wild birds, mammals, reptiles, or amphibians.

    Req #6: Wildlife Tracking -
    Choose from one of the following.

      a. Observe and record 25 species of wildlife. Your list may include mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, and fish. Write down when and where each animal was seen.
      b. List the wildlife species in your state that are classified as endangered, threatened, exotic, game species, furbearers, or migratory game birds.
      c. Start a scrapbook of North American wildlife.
    Fish and Wildlife Management Merit Badge

    Req #7: Fish Management -
    Do ONE of the following:

      a. Determine the age of five species of fish from scale samples or identify various age classes of one species in a lake and report the results.
      b. Conduct a creel census on a small lake to estimate catch per unit effort.
      c. Examine the stomach contents of three fish and record the findings. It is not necessary to catch any fish for this option. You may (must) visit a cleaning station set up for fishermen or find another, similar alternative.
      d. Make a freshwater aquarium. Include at least four species of native plants and four species of animal life, such as whirligig beetles, freshwater shrimp, tadpoles, water snails, and golden shiners. Complete 60 days of observation.

    Req #8: OSU: Wildlife Careers Video -
    YouTube Video Presentation from Oregon State University : In this video we talk to 3 wildlife management professionals: David Shepherdson and Michelle Schireman of the Oregon Zoo, and Nicole Stevens of the Washington State Fish and Wildlife Services as they release captive reared western pond turtles into the Columbia River Gorge.

    A career in Wildlife Management can be tough to get into but can be very rewarding. Fish and Wildlife, zoos and aquariums, and non-profit organizations are the key organizations that hire Wildlife management professionals.

    Learn about three different kinds of work done by fish and wildlife managers. Find out the education and training requirements for each position.

    Fish and Wildlife Management Merit Badge G) Program Debriefing

    After completion of the above activities you may need a work session to finish completion of the merit badge worksheet to document the results of your visits, activities and the people you interviewed about potential career opportunities in this field.

    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.

    Merit Badge BSA World Conservation Award

    Fish and Wildlife Management is one of just three merit badges needed to earn this unique and prestigious scouting award.

    An important opportunity for individual Scouts to 'think globally' and 'act locally' to preserve and improve our environment.

    Bird Uses Bread to Fish - Video Clip

    I) Fish and Wildlife Management Famous Quotes:

      My mother early on taught us to respect all animals, and I mean all animals - not just cats and dogs but rats and snakes and spiders and fish and wildlife, so I really grew up believing they are just like us and just as deserving of consideration. - Joanna Lumley

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