Requirements at Boxwell Summer Camp
The majority of the requirements were completed at the Boxwell Summer Camp between 06/20 and 06/26/2021. Items that were signed off in my Boy Scout Handbook are not documented here. The items below are the additional requirements that I needed to complete outside of the camp.
Section 5 - Construction Project
B. Construct, erect, and check regularly bird feeders and keep written records of the kinds of birds visiting the feeders.
I have constructed a bird feeder for my backyard and I also put up another feeder. I filled the constructed feeder up with dried mealworms. I filled the other feeder with a bird seed mix.
I started to observe the birds that visited my bird feeders over the weekend of November 26-29, 2021. My grandmother helped me keep watch for visiting birds and she helped me identify the type of birds. My grandmother really enjoys bird watching so it was fun to spend some time with her.
The birds that I observed included:
Section 7 - Research
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.
Identify Various Age Classes of Large Mouth Bass
I am interested in learning how to identify the age classes of the Large-Mouth Bass. I live near the Herb Parsons Fishing Lake in Collierville, TN - one of the popular fishes in the lake is the Large-Mouth Bass.
Based on the research I was able to find, you can tell the age of a large-mouth bass (Black Bass) by looking at the rings on the scales of the fish. A bass will grow a ring each year it is alive, similar to a tree ring. You start at the center of a scale, which is called the nucleus, and count each dark ring outward for each year. The articles I read say that this counting ring method is only accurate up to 5 years of age.
Because the ring counting is not always accurate, lake managers will also use the length of the fish to determine the age. What is interesting is that large-mouth bass may have different age-lengths from different lakes. Lakes vary in temperature, resources, and minerals, which account for the different lengths for ages. Most lakes keep a census of fish to age lengths, so fishermen can figure out the age.
Section 8 - Professional Jobs
Using resources found at the library and in periodicals, books, and the internet (with your parent's permission), learn about three different positions held by fisheries and/or wildlife professionals. Find out the education and training requirements for each position.
Entomologists are biologists who study insects. They usually are involved in research and/or education.
Gathers, analyzes, and interprets data on wildlife and habitats, including behavior, disease, ecology, genetics, nutrition, population dynamics, physiology, land-use changes, and pollution to conserve wildlife species and improve habitat conditions. A wildlife biologist uses scientific principles to research wildlife and habitats to increase our knowledge base.
Biologists who study reptiles and amphibians. They may be involved in a variety of areas including research, education, or collection management.