1995 Brownie Badge Book - Birdwatcher 3 Badge
1) Demonstrate the use and care of your bird-watching equipment. Tell the tester about the bird books you use and how and when you use them. Ex[lain what is meant by the 'scientific order' which is used in most books.
2) Keep notes for at least six months on birds (and other wildlife) you see and interesting behavior you observe. Use illustrations as well as written notes. Show the notebook to the tester and discuss entries.
3) Carry out a simple survey of birds visiting a particular study area: your parish, a local park, or some other place you visit regularly. (An area larger than a garden is necessary). Your survey could be a series of counts, a census of birds during the breeding season, a line transect or some other generally accepted form of survey.
4) Draw the rough outline of a bird and mark on it the following parts: crown, rump, beak, belly, breast, primaries, flank, upper tail, coverts, tarsus speculum, supercilium, eye-stripe, nape, mantle, secondaries and wing coverts.
5) Demonstrate to the tester that you understand what is meant by migration. Explain the methods by which ornithologists have found out about birds' migration journeys.
Name five summer migrants and five winter migrants which you could reasonably expect to see in your local area.
6) Describe some British habitats and explain the threats to them. Which species of bird are endangered by these changes?
7) Describe how a nature reserve can be managed (looked after and developed) to make it more suitable for birds. Tell the tester about any reserves you have visited and your impressions of them.