The Bird Study Merit Badge is an award given by the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) for demonstrating an understanding of bird identification, field observation, and conservation. Scouts who earn this badge can demonstrate a greater appreciation for birds and have an increased awareness of the natural world around them.


To qualify for the Bird Study Merit Badge, scouts must:

  • Demonstrate that they know how to properly use and care for binoculars, a spotting scope, or a monocular.
  • Identify 8 different bird species in their local area and record the observations.
  • Research the behavior, habitat, and conservation needs of two bird species.
  • Participate in a bird-related conservation project.
  • Institute a program of bird observation at home and/or in the community.

Worksheet and Resources

There are resources available to help with the Bird Study Merit Badge. Below are some helpful websites:


By completing the requirements for the Bird Study Merit Badge, scouts are able to gain a greater understanding and appreciation for birds and the natural world. Earning this badge is a great accomplishment and scouts should be proud!

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