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Requirements filled according to the 1997 Interest Projects
for Cadette and Senior Girl Scouts.
2. Plan a day trip to Patuxent Research Refuge. Read
pages 132-134 in A Resource Book for Senior Girl Scouts, and
answer the questions on pages 133-134. With the help of refuge staff
or volunteers, research recreational opportunities at the refuge including
costs, activities, educational programs, attractions, seasonal events,
special events, exhibits, and volunteering. Keep a trip journal of
NATURE, SCIENCE, AND HEALTH
All About Birds
2. Birds can be identified by size, shape, body patterns,
color, flight patterns, bird calls, and behavior. Walk the trails
and visit the Wildlife Viewing Areas at the refuge with a field guide
to birds. Observe, identify, and make notes about five birds.
3. Learn to identify five birds by their songs or call
notes. Walk the trails of the National Wildlife Visitor Center and
identify five birds by their calls.
4. The Wildlife Telltales exhibit in the National Wildlife
Visitor Center shows the migratory habits of 4 species of birds. Study
this exhibit to learn more in-depth information about these birds.
6. Visit the National Wildlife Visitor Center and choose
a bird mount, painting, exhibit, or look at illustrations in the book
store or in a field guide. Then create an original work of art, such
as a woodcarving, drawing, painting, or series of photographs of the
bird display of your choice.
1. The viewing pod in the National Wildlife Visitor
Center has binoculars and scopes that you can use to look for birds
around the lake.
2. Contact the National Wildlife Visitor Center and
find a date for a goose round-up or a bird banding outing. Discuss
with a staff or volunteer the benefits of banding, methods of banding
and recording, and ways the Patuxent Research Refuge uses bird banding
as a form of wildlife management.
4. The Patuxent Research Refuge has been conducting
research on these environmental problems for many years. For example,
groundbreaking research has been done here on the pesticide DDT and
its effect on birds. Today, Patuxent has been a center for whooping
crane research and captive breeding. Stop by the National Wildlife
Visitor Center to learn more about the projects we are currently conducting.
5. Visit the National Wildlife Visitor Center and explore
the viewing pod and Bayscape area. Use the scopes and binoculars to
watch for waterfowl and nesting birds. Record what you see. Find a
staff member or volunteer to help you identify birds that you may
see. Focus on at least five different birds.
2. The Patuxent Research Refuge is a great place to
see birds. Take a hike on one of our trails or take a tram tour to
see many different species.
3. Bird surveys are conducted throughout the year at
the Patuxent Research Refuge. Ask for more information about surveys
you can participate in.
5. Volunteers are always welcome at the Patuxent Research
Refuge. Stop by the front desk to get more information about what
you can do to help.
4. There are many positions at Patuxent that involve
birding and ornithology (the study of birds). Arrange to shadow the
biological technician, refuge biologist, wildlife biology intern,
or go on a bird walk. Call ahead for details. Learn about the training
needed, hiring process, and tasks of the job.
2. Contact a local community representative to
learn more about what environmental concerns there are in your neighborhood.
Do research at your local library to find out more about your local
and national laws concerning the environment. Explore the Global Concerns
exhibit at the National Wildlife Visitor Center to learn about environmental
problems. Then try and discover what Patuxent Research Refuge and
the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service are doing to conserve the environment
as well as wildlife.
4. Rachel Carson is a famous environmentalist who has
ties to the Patuxent Research Refuge. She is most well know for her
book Silent Spring about the effects of pesticides on the environment.
Learn more about her at the National Wildlife Visitor Center.
2. Volunteers are always welcome at the Patuxent Research
Refuge for a variety of different projects. Stop by the front desk
to get more information about what you can do to help.
3. Interview three people with different jobs at Patuxent
Research Refuge and/or the National Wildlife Visitor Center. Learn
about careers related to the environment and/or the law. Find out
educational requirements and nature of working in each area. Come
with prepared questions, and call ahead for contacts.
4. A well-known pioneer in environmental concerns was
Rachel Carson. The information she wrote in her books came from research
done at Patuxent Research Refuge. Look in the bookstore at the National
Wildlife Visitor Center or check out a book from your library about
Rachel Carson to learn more about her work in helping the environment.
The visitor center also offers a movie on the life of Rachel Carson.
Call ahead for movie schedules.
5. Identify three or more degree programs in fields
concerned with the environment. Visit the National Wildlife Visitor
Center and speak with someone that was once enrolled in a similar
program. How are the programs alike, and how are they different?
From Shore to Sea
5. The Global Concerns exhibit in the National Wildlife
Visitor Center details seven major environmental problems worldwide.
Use this exhibit to learn about ocean pollution and global warming.
1. Visit the National Wildlife Visitor Center an find
and area such as a forest, pond, or a meadow that you could use as
a field ecology site. Visit the site and take some time to make some
observations. Create a nature journal entry recording what you see,
smell, feel, or even think. Record the date, time, temperature and
weather conditions. You may add sketches also.
2. Visit the Bayscape patio area, and the various trails
at the National Wildlife Visitor Center. Identify as many of the flowers,
shrubs, and trees as you can. Sketch some of them in a field notebook.
Use field guides to identify them and record the names alongside of
the sketches in your notebook.
3. Select a field ecology site at Patuxent Research
Refuge. Identify and record the names of animals you see or see evidence
of. Learn how to identify at least three different sets of tracks.
Use field guides to help you identify the various animals and animal
tracks. You may want to take pictures of some of the animals and tracks
4. Visit a field ecology site at the National Wildlife
Visitor Center. Record the date, time, location, and weather conditions
at the time of your observation. Create an ethogram (a detailed record
of animal behavior) by putting down categories of the animals behavior
in the form of a table. Note which behavior they do, and how long
they do it for. Also note how the animal interacts with others around
1. Visit Patuxent Research Refuge and explore the exhibits
at the National Wildlife Visitor Center. Pay close attention to the
explanations of how each animal or topic was/is researched. Note the
equipment that is being used, and how it is different for researching
animals of the air, land, and water. Watch the videos in the Lifecycle
exhibits, and explore the research methods used in the Habitat Exhibits.
2. Contact the National Wildlife Visitor Center to find
out how you can volunteer your services. This could involve gardening,
putting up bird boxes, trail monitoring, cleaning a stream, or assisting
at the visitor center. Involve other Girl Scouts in the project. Record
your results as you carry out the project.
1. Explore some careers involving wildlife and the environment.
Contact the refuge to schedule a time where you could meet with an
employee to discuss and interview how they got involved in the field,
what their training/schooling was like, and what a typical day is
2. Interview an environmental education intern at the
National Wildlife Visitor Center. This internship combines wildlife
and people. Explore ways in which the public and private groups can
learn about what Patuxent Research Refuge is doing to conserve wildlife.
3. Arrange to shadow a Patuxent Research Refuge biologist,
wildlife biology intern, or biological technician for part of the
day to learn about their jobs.
THE ARTS AND HISTORY
1. Visit the National Wildlife Visitor Center.
Ask if someone is available for a behind the scenes tour. Determine
the missions, objectives, strengths, and weaknesses of the National
Wildlife Visitor Center. Discuss with others what you liked most about
the exhibits, and how you would change it to meet the needs of different
age groups, cultures, or people with disabilities.
4. Visit the National Wildlife Visitor Center and check
and see if it is accessible to people with disabilities. What technologies
are used to aid people with disabilities? After your visit make a
list of recommendations on how you would improve the facilities.
1. Visit the National Wildlife Visitor Center and locate
jobs or duties that people may not notice right away. Museums and
exhibits require lots of duties that the public may never see. Look
around and make a list of these. For example; cleaning exhibits, running/fixing
AV equipment, educational programs, developing handouts and pamphlets,
working in the book store etc. Try and see how many different jobs
you could find in a museum.
Women Through Time
4. A well-known woman pioneer in environmental concerns
was Rachel Carson. The information she wrote in her books came from
research done at Patuxent Research Refuge. Look in the bookstore at
the National Wildlife Visitor Center or check out a book from your
library about Rachel Carson to learn more about her work in helping
the environment. The visitor center also offers a movie on the life
of Rachel Carson. Call ahead for movie schedules.
SPORTS AND RECREATION
4. The Patuxent Research Refuge has many environmental
projects ongoing throughout the year. Stop by the National Wildlife
Visitor Center to learn about ways in which you can participate.
2. Arrange to shadow a Patuxent Research Refuge biologist,
wildlife biology or environmental education intern, or biological
technician for part of the day to learn about their jobs. You may
also want to speak to volunteers about the special role they play
in outdoor recreation on the refuge.
2. Offer your services to maintain a hiking, biking,
or nature trail on the refuge. Learn the proper ways to cut unwanted
growth, control erosion, and divert water off the trail.