SHENANDOAH NATURALISTS
SHENANDOAH NATURALISTS
SCOUT MERIT BADGE PROJECT
ERIC WILLIAMS WITH A MASTER WOOD CARVING

     2017 'BIRD STUDY' MERIT BADGE WORKSHOP!

Sponsored by Shenandoah Naturalists and the Shenandoah Audubon Society--

                 MARK YOUR CALENDARS!!


Our Bird Study qualifies for the Boy Scout Bird Study merit badge and is open to any boy or girl 9 years or older.  The program is FREE however boy scouts should buy the Bird Study Merit Badge book and read it thru before the workshop.


WHEN:   Friday, March 24 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM and

Saturday, March 25 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM (Lunch 12 Noon to 1PM (pack a lunch bag if you wish).


WHERE:  Market Street United Methodist Church,  131 S. Cameron St (the intersection of Cork & Cameron) Winchester.  Please use the Cork Street entrance.

MARK BRUNS READIES THE BIRDHOUS WORKSHOP!!
Activities will include learning how to identify birds by sight and song and calls.  You will learn how to use binoculars and a bird field guide.  Talks on migration and bird science are included. You will build a bird house and will also start a field notebook to take with you on your bird walk.

The bird walk field trip is required to complete the Boy Scout merit badge requirements.  There will be a list of future bird walks offered at Abram's Creek Wetlands and the Third Winchester Battlefield.

Bring to the workshop an 8X11 notebook and the Merit Badge book.  If possible bring a pair of binoculars and your field guide (a few extras will be available).  Do NOT bring any electronic bird calls.

Note that the Scout Merit Badge requires a test.  We make the test easy for our students, but if your child has learning/behavioral problems and cannot or will not take a test let us know before the course.

YOU MUST REGISTER FOR THE COURSE before Monday, March 20th.  You can email <Naturelover@ShenandoahNaturalists.org> or call 540-667-6778. 

We look forward to seeing you there!

 
CHUCK TURNER TALKS ABOUT BIRD BANDING

REQUIRED FIELD TRIP SCHEDULE NOW AVAILABLE!!


In addition to the lectures, audio lab, and birdhouse workshop, the BSA requires that Bird Study Merit Badge candidates complete a field trip with bird identification.  The field trip requirement can be met by joining Shenandoah Audubon president Jim Smith at the Abrams Creek wetlands or Charlie Hagan at the Third Winchester battlefield park on Red Bud Road north of town.

Jim Smith’s walks are scheduled for Saturday mornings, April 1, April 15, and April 29.  Meet at the Children of America’s parking lot off of West Jubal Early Dr., appox ½ mile west of Valley Ave. at 8:30AM.  Dress for the weather and you will want to bring water, binocs, and/or a camera.  The walks take about 2 hours.  You should contact Jim at 540 303 3983 or email  jsmiff@comcast.net  as there are limited spots for each walk.

Charlie Hagan will host the Third Winchester battlefield birding walks Sunday, April 23 and April 30, and May 7th.  Meet at the north entrance parking lot on Red Bud Road at 8:30AM and dress warmly!  Bring water, binocs and/or camera and plan to spend 2 hours and recap afterwards at the McDonalds next to Lowes at Rutherford Crossing.  Register with Charlie Naturelover@ShenandoahNaturalists.org or call 540 667 6778 & leave a message.

Scouts will need to fill out a Merit Badge Application (the ‘Blue Card’ which is available online at http://usscouts.org/advance/docs/34124.pdf )  and have it signed by each Scout’s Scoutmaster.  Please bring these to the workshop or no later than the field trip event to complete all the Merit Badge requirements!



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JIM SMITH POINTS OUT AN ELUSIVE FEATHERED FRIEND AT ABRAM'S CREEK