Boy Scouts Merit Badge Study at Audubon
Jamestown, NY – Boy Scouts have the opportunity to earn some of the requirements for the Bird Study Merit Badge at the Audubon Center & Sanctuary on Saturday morning, May 3, 2014.
From 8 a.m. till noon, Boy Scout leader and longtime birder Bob Ungerer will cover topics including the use and care of binoculars, how to use a field guide, and the identification of common birds by sight and sound.
Weather permitting, the program will include a visit to Audubon’s bird banding station where Scouts will meet career ornithologists who are gathering data for research studies. They can watch the scientists capture birds using mist nets, then band, weigh, and measure before releasing them back into the wild. The hike will also include a peek into at least one of Audubon’s nest boxes.
The program will start at the Nature Center building, then go out on the trails. Participants are reminded to dress for the weather and bring binoculars and bird field guides if they have them.
Retired physician Bob Ungerer is an executive board member of the Allegheny Highlands Boy Scout Council, an Eagle Scout, and a long time birder. He is also a member the Roger Tory Peterson Institute and Jamestown Audubon Society, where he served on the board of directors for many years.
Cost is $8 for each Boy Scout.
While not part of the program, at the Blue Heron Gift Shop boys can purchase a bluebird nest box kit to take home, build, and install. After the program, participants are welcome to stay for as long as they like to explore the hands-on exhibits in the Nature Center building, hike more of the trails, and use the picnic facilities.
Reservations are required by Wednesday, April 30: call (716) 569-2345, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or use the on-line form by clicking through “Boy Scout Bird Study Merit Badge” at http://jamestownaudubon.org.
Audubon education programs are made possible in part through funding from the Carnahan Jackson Foundation, the Jessie Smith Darrah Fund, the Holmberg Foundation, the Hultquist Foundation, and the Johnson Foundation.
The Audubon Center and Sanctuary is at 1600 Riverside Road, one-quarter mile east of Route 62 between Jamestown, New York and Warren, Pennsylvania. Hours are 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Saturday, and 1-4:30 p.m. Sundays. The trails and eagle viewing are open daily from dawn till dusk.
For more information on this and all Audubon programs, call (716) 569-2345 or visit http://jamestownaudubon.org.