Saturday, May 19, 2007

Birding Boy Scouts

A Bird Study Merit Badge Workshop was held at the Audubon Center at the Francis Beidler Forest today from 9 A.M. - 4 P.M. This was the first of many merit badge workshops to be held at the forest.

Birding instruction and activities were provided to help scouts receive their Bird Study Merit Badge. This one-day program also included a guided tour of the scenic boardwalk through the only old-growth forest in Four Holes Swamp. The image shows scouts observing a Pileated Woodpecker (Dryocopus pileatus) and a Red-bellied Woodpecker (Melanerpes carolinus).

By the end of the boardwalk tour, the scouts were able to identify numerous birds by sight and by their call. The cost was $15 per scout and $7 (general admission) per scoutmaster/chaperone.

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