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Important Information for Out of Council Troops

Nature at Night Junior Badge

Complete 6 requirements.

1. Several kinds of birds are nocturnal including owls and nightjars. Learn about the adaptation that helps these birds during nighttime. Go on a walk at dusk or after dark to look for these birds, or dissect an owl pellet and find out what the owl ate.
2. Take a night hike. Discuss your experiences and observations. How does it feel to walk at night compared to the daytime? What senses did you rely on more? Use a flashlight covered with red cellophane so your night vision will not be affected by light. Practice walking as quietly as you can.
3. Animals, including people, have two kinds of cells in their eyes, rods and cones. Learn what rods and cones do and how the eyes of nocturnal and diurnal (active during the day) animals differ. Play What Color Is That.
4. There are many nocturnal animals in New Jersey. Learn why five species of wildlife are active at night. What adaptations do these animals have to nightlife?
5. Learn how to identify sounds of nocturnal animals by listening to animal sounds CD's or sound clips from the internet. Then go outside and listen to your local nocturnal animals.
6. New Jersey is an extremely important state to migrating birds. Many birds migrate during the night. Learn why birds migrate at night, how they navigate in the dark and why New Jersey is so important to our feathered friends.
7. Choose a constellation and learn the myth behind it. Share your myth with your troop or others. Make a shadow box of your constellation or learn how to locate constellations using a star map.
8. Learn what causes day to turn into night. Why are the stars not seen during the day? What causes a solar eclipse and the phases of the moon?
9. Many animals that live in hot climates, like the desert, are active at night. Learn about the adaptations that these animals have made to help them survive.
10. Native Americans use myths to explain why things happen in the natural world. Read and compare several myths that explain what causes nighttime to occur or why certain animals are active at night.
11. Learn about the similarities and differences of butterflies and moths. Go moth sugaring.
12. Bats are a very important part of the ecosystem. Learn how they help people and how they are similar to us. Discover how bats navigate through echolocation. Make a bat craft or a bat box.

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