Finding Out About Endangered Species in Your Area

Conservation and Scouting go hand in hand. Since getting outdoors is a big part of the Cub Scout and Boy Scout programs, it makes sense that we should teach Scouts about protecting our natural resources.

The US Fish and Wildlife Service has an Endangered Species Page where you can look up endangered species in your state or even your county. There is also a Weird and Wonderful Wildlife Page on the site where kids can learn about 14 different endagered species and play some games to find out even more.

This information will help Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts with several specific recognitions/badges:

Requirement 3 for Bear Achievement 5: Sharing Your World With Wildlife

Name one animal that has become extinct in the last 100 years. Tell why animals become extinct. Name one animal that is on the endangered species list.

Requirement 3 for the Wildlife Conservation belt loop from the Cub Scout Academics and Sports program

Learn about an endangered species. Make a report to your den that includes a picture,how the species came to be endangered, and what is being done to save it.

Requirement 3e for the Environmental Science merit badge

Do research on one endangered species found in your state. Find out what its natural habitat is, why it is endangered, what is being done to preserve it, and how many individual organisms are left in the wild. Prepare a 100-word report about the organism, including a drawing. Present your report to your patrol or troop.

Requirements 2 and 6b  for the Fish and Wildlife Management merit badge

List and discuss at least three major problems that continue to threaten your state’s fish andwildlife resources.

List the wildlife species in your state that are classified as endangered, threatened, exotic, game species, furbearers, or migratory game birds.

So if your unit is studying endangered species for these requirements or just to learn more about conservation, check out those pages from the US Fish and Wildlife Service.

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