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Animal Badges - Insects
(Discover the Outdoors)
by Kerry Cordy

                    A separate badge  can be earned for each of the following categories:
Mammals, reptiles, amphibians, marine life, insects, and birds.

(You may use any higher level requirement as an optional requirement.)

 

Penguin:  Do 3 requirements including the 2 starred.

_____ 1.* Learn the definition of this animal group.  What about them classifies them as such?

_____ 2.* Find out as much as you can about the animal group you have chosen in your local environment by reading, observing, and talking to others.  If your chosen animal group does not live in your community, where is the nearest place that they live naturally?

 

Otters: Do 4 requirements including the 2 starred

_____ 1.* Do Penguin requirements 1 & 2.

_____ 2.* Be able to identify at least 3 species of your animal group.  You may want to look at things like size, shape, color or other distinguishing marks.  Learn about their life cycle, what they eat, how they protect themselves, their calls, and habits.

 

Dolphins: Do 5 requirements including the 2 starred

_____ 1.* Do Penguin requirements 1 & 2.

_____ 2.* Do Otter requirement 2, but identify at least 5 species (If you completed this badge for the same animal group at a different level, you may not use species you have researched in the past.)

 

Butterfly: Do 6 requirements including the 2 starred

_____ 1.*    Do Penguin requirements 1 & 2.  If possible, observe your animal category in the wild on at least 3 different occasions.  Take notes on their behavior and compare them to what you have learned.

_____ 2.* Do Otter requirement 2, but identify at least 8 species (If you completed this badge for the same animal group at a different level, you may not use species you have researched in the past.)

 

Eagle: Do 7 requirements including the 2 starred

_____ 1.*     Do Penguin requirements 1 & 2.  If possible, observe your animal category in the wild on at least 5 different occasions.  Take notes on their behavior and compare them to what you have learned.

_____ 2.* Do Otter requirement 2, but identify at least 12 species (If you completed this badge for the same animal group at a different level, you may not use species you have researched in the past.)

 

Owl:  Do 9 requirements including the 2 starred:

_____ 1. * Do Eagle requirements 1 & 2

_____ 2. * Teach someone how to do a skill from this badge or teach some knowledge about this badge to someone.   You can teach kids, your spouse, seniors, anyone, just as long as you are sharing your new found knowledge.   If for some reason you cannot teach what you have learned to someone else, you may choose an additional 2 optional requirements instead.

 

Optional Requirements (all levels):

_____ 3.  Visit a zoo, pet shop, or other place where you can see your category of animal being fed and cared for.

Dolphin: Also interview the caretakers and find out what they like/dislike about their job.

Butterfly: Do Dolphin level of this requirement and also find out what type of education or special training is necessary to work in this position.

Eagle & Owl: Do requirement 11.

_____ 4.  Make something to attract, protect, or observe your category of animal.

_____ 5.  Make a chart, poster, booklet, or other exhibit to teach others what you have learned while earning this badge.

_____ 6.  Make a list of animals from your category that might make good pets.  What special equipment would you need to take care of them?  What types of foods do they eat?  Is this a pet that you would like to have?  Why or why not?

_____ 7.  Design and carry out a service project that will benefit your animal group.  This may be planting trees or flowers for birds or insects, raising money for organizations that protect endangered species, gathering a volunteer crew to help out at a local animal shelter, etc.

_____ 8.  Research any state and federal laws that protect your animal category.  What animals in your category are on the endangered species list?  What specific protection do they receive?  How would the extinction of this animal affect mankind?  (If you researched this group at an earlier level, make sure all your data is up to date.)

_____ 9.  What local or national organizations are there that study or protect animals in your category?  What do they do?  Make a poster showing how you can help to protect an animal from your category.

Eagle and Owl: Volunteer at least 4 hours to working with one of these organizations.

_____ 10.  If your animal category is present naturally in your local community, find out which animals are beneficial to humans, which are nuisances, and which are harmful.  Explain how people interact with each of these animals.

_____ 11.  Shadow an animal caretaker for a day at a zoo, pet shop, or other place where you can see your category of animal being fed and cared for.  What careers are there in working with these types of animals?  What education or special training would you need? (Eagles and Owls Only)