Apply to be an eagle Scout ornithologist
NESA and the BSA’s STEM Initiative have selected Eagle Scouts to participate in several field experiments for the past five years. The NESA Ornithology opportunity allows Eagles to work with the iconic Bald Eagle led by a major
Dr. William Bowerman, Professor and Chair of the University of Maryland Department of Environmental Science and Technology, is an Eagle Scout and a raptor expert who works with the African vulture and bald eagles in the US. He is delighted to take Eagles to work with eagles in his projects in Michigan and Minnesota this summer.
They will have field training for handling, bleeding, measuring eagles with one field crew to validate their training and ability to work in the field. Each Scout would be assigned to one of the field crews and visit 2-6 nests per day.
They will then fly to Voyageurs National Park, MN, and work on up to 12 nests per day, from National Park Service Boats for 5 days. It is likely that the Eagles will then go to the BSA Northern Tier High Adventure Base in Ely, MN, to discuss their experiences with scouts and the local council and then return home from Duluth, MN.
It is likely that the Eagles will then go to the BSA Northern Tier High Adventure Base in Ely, MN, to discuss their experiences with scouts and the local council and then return home from Duluth, MN.
To qualify as the 2018 Eagle Scout Ornithologist, candidates must:
- Be an Eagle Scout
- Be 18 years of age and not older than 27 years of age by June 1
- Major or intend to major in a biological science in college or graduate school
- Be prepared to blog, speak, write, and be interviewed on behalf of Scouting to report on the trip, what it means personally, and how Scouting prepared you for the experience
- Have medical insurance, complete a BSA Medical form and purchase medical evacuation coverage (suggested policies will be provided)
How to apply
Eagle Scouts who are qualified and would like to be considered for this wonderful opportunity must complete an online application, which includes a 250-word essay. Finalists will be announced by the end of January and required to submit a 3 minute YouTube video expressing reasons to support their selection.
Applications must be submitted, no later than Midnight Central Standard Time, October 31. The persons selected to be the Eagle Scout Ornithologist will be notified by February 28.
The Eagle will be responsible for $600 (not including medical evacuation coverage and flights for Eagle Scouts who live outside the United States) to defray some costs of the experience payable to the National Eagle Scout Association by May 31.
Logistics and payment for airfare, lodging, food (in some cases the Eagle will need to purchase on-site and be reimbursed), tuition, etc. will be coordinated and paid for by the National Eagle Scout Association.
Dates for this approximately 17-day trip will be early June and July.