|Bird Study merit badge|
|BSA Advancement ID:||029|
|Latest pamphlet revision:||2008|
|“||Birds are among the most fascinating creatures on Earth. Many are beautifully colored. Others are accomplished singers. Many of the most important discoveries about birds and how they live have been made by amateur birders. In pursuing this hobby, a Scout might someday make a valuable contribution to our understanding of the natural world||”|
Bird Study is one of the elective merit badges for the William T. Hornaday awards for Boy Scouts and Varsity Scouts.
Bird Study requirements
| A FREE workbook for Bird Study is available here! |
with the maps, charts, links, diagrams, and checklists you need!
|meritbadge.org has PDF and DOC versions of|
Boy Scout merit badge workbooks,
Webelos workbooks, and Cub Scout workbooks.
- Per the BSA: "You should read the merit badge pamphlet on the subject." Pamphlets (books) are at local Scout Shops and online at ScoutStuff.org.
- "Get a signed Merit Badge application from your Scoutmaster." An online, printable Word doc file version is available.
- This is a great badge to do in February, in conjunction with the Great Backyard Bird Count.
1. Birds as indicators of the quality of the environment
2. Bird diagrams - More - BirdSource
3. Lesson Videos: Bird Watching Binoculars & Field Guides - About Bird Watching Binoculars
Binoculars - How to Care for Binoculars - How to Adjust Binoculars
4. & 5. Lesson Videos: Birdwatching for Beginners - Get Started with Bird Watching - Bird Identification
4. & 5. Online bird field guide - Another - How to Use a Field Guide - 72 Range Maps - Cornell Ornithology - American Bird Conservancy
5. The Field Notebook you will need is included in the Bird Study Workbook.
6. Note that you are not required to identify the bird songs in the field, just identify bird songs. But the bird songs you identify MUST be for species that you have included in your field notebook. So if you didn't identify these species by ear in the field, you must have personally observed them in the field.
- Lesson Videos: Bird Songs - How to Identify Birds by Ear - How Birds Use Songs & Sounds for Communication - Birds That Say Their Names - Birds That Make Phonetic Sounds & Phrases
- Audio: Learn Bird Songs - More - Another site
- Other links: American Birding Assn - Audubon Magazine online
7a. Local Clubs - Audubon Society
7b. Christmas Bird Count From the National Audubon Society
8. How to Build a Birdbath, Birdhouse, Garden Bench, or Rockwall for Your Garden
- Boy Scout Merit Badges: Bird Study - Environmental Science - Fish and Wildlife Management - Forestry - Gardening - Geology - Insect Study - Mammal Study - Nature - Oceanography - Plant Science - Reptile and Amphibian Study - Soil and Water Conservation
- Boy Scout awards: Conservation Good Turn Award - Leave No Trace Award - William T. Hornaday award - World Conservation Award
- Venturing: Ranger Award electives: Ecology - Plants and Wildlife; Awards: Conservation Good Turn Award - Leave No Trace Award - William T. Hornaday award - World Conservation Award
- Webelos Activity Badges: Forester - Naturalist - Outdoorsman
- Cub Scout Belt Loops & Pins: Geology - Weather - Wildlife Conservation
- Cub Scout awards: Conservation Good Turn Award - Leave No Trace Award - World Conservation Award
General Merit Badge information
- An Introduction to Merit Badges – how to get started, who chooses the counselor, etc.
- Merit Badge Worksheets & Requirements – with the revision dates, diagrams, charts, checklists, logs, and links you need.
- Merit Badge Application – offers online resources to let you print "Blue Cards," etc.
- Merit Badge FAQ – answers dozens of questions like: Who can be a counselor? Can requirements be added or removed?
- Merit Badges Requiring Prior Approval – Certain requirements need prior approval. Most do not. Here is the list.
- Also see: Most Popular Merit Badges – Merit Badge Policies – Eagle-Required Merit Badges – Merit Badge Days
- Additionally: List of Merit Badges by Field of Study – Merit Badge Pamphlets & Libraries
- Merit Badge Counselors must complete Youth Protection Training, file an Adult Application (and Merit Badge Counselor Information Form); and be approved by the local council. (See the Guide for Merit Badge Counselors for additional details.)
- Amer. Bird Conservancy
- Amer. Birding Association
- Bird Study Merit Badge site for Scouts & Counselors
- Cornell Ornithology
- National Audubon Society
- U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
- Patuxent Wildlife Research Center
- Birding on the Web
- How To Organize A Bird Study Merit Badge Day