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by Ernest Thompson Seton

(In all these coups, the word "identify" means show clearly and prove to the satisfaction of the examiner that you can identify. If necessary, pictures may be used for identification when it is impossible to obtain the animal or plant itself.)

 

bulletMammals (only one in this department may be counted for Sagamoreship. )
bulletIdentify 25 wild or domesticated mammals which have been observed in the field, for coup. 45 for grand coup.
bulletIdentify 50 mammals observed in museum or zoo, for coup. 100 for grand coup.
bulletIdentify 25 fur-bearing animals used commercially, observed in field, museum or fur market, for coup. 40 for grand coup.
bulletKnow the following items about 10 of our wild animals, for coup; 25 for grand coup.
bulletGeneral color, average size and weight, range, haunts, den, food, enemies, voice, mating habits, character and number of young, home life of the animal, and its use to man.

 

bulletBirds (Only two in this department may be counted for Sagamoreship. )
bulletMake a record of at least 25 birds, identified and observed in the field, recording name, date, where seen and what doing, for coup. 50 for grand coup.
bulletIdentify in the field 35 wild birds for coup. 75 for grand coup.
bulletIdentify in the field by note 25 wild birds for coup; 50 for grand coup.
bulletMake careful observations and records of the building of a bird's nest. Records should include description of location of nest, date when started, materials used, how the work was done, and date of completion, for coup. In addition, observe the feeding of the young of a pair of birds for 8 continuous hours. Record the time of beginning of observations, time of visit of each parent bird, whether made by male or female, if distinguishable; character of food if possible; location of feeding ground, for grand coup.
bulletIdentify 100 native birds as seen mounted in a museum, the female and young to count separately when they are wholly different from the male, for coup. 200 for grand coup.
bulletIdentify in the museum the nests of 25 species of wild birds for coup; 25 collected after the nesting season and correctly named, for grand coup.
bulletIdentify in a museum the eggs of 25 species of wild birds, for coup; 50 for grand coup.

 

bulletReptiles (Only 1 in this department allowed to count for Sagamoreship.)
bulletIdentify 7 species of snake found in the field and know which are poisonous, for coup; 15 for grand coup.
bulletIdentify 15 species of snake seen living in field or zoological park for coup; 25 for grand coup.
bulletIdentify 7 species of turtle found m field, for coup; 15 in field, museum or aquarium, for grand coup.
bulletIdentify 5 species of lizard found in field or museum, for coup; 10 for grand coup.

 

bulletAmphibians (Only 1 in this department allowed for Sagamoreship.)
bulletMake a careful record from observation of the development of an amphibian from an egg to adult, for coup; add careful observations upon the habits of the adult, for grand coup.
bulletIdentify when seen alive 10 species of amphibians, for coup; 15 for grand coup.

 

bulletFish (Only 1 in this department allowed for Sagamoreship.)
bulletCatch and identify 8 species of fish, and give an account of where and how each were caught. Know the main provisions of the game laws concerning fish of your state, for coup. 16 species for grand coup.
bulletIdentify 25 species of fish seen alive or in the market for coup; 40 for grand coup.

 

bulletInsects (Only 1 in this department allowed Sagamoreship.)
bulletMake a Lubbock's ant nest, install a colony of ants, and keep under observation for two months, making a record of what was observed, for coup. Of two species of ants, for two months, for grand coup.
bulletIdentify 15 butterflies in the field, for coup. 25 for grand coup.
bulletIdentify 25 butterflies in the museum for coup. 40 for grand coup.
bulletIdentify 25 moths for coup. 50 for grand coup.
bulletIdentify 50 insects other than those included in the above coups, for coup. 100 for grand coup.
bulletCollect and mount for comparison the 4 cocoons, Promethea, Cynthia, Cecropia and Polyphemus and give life cycle, for coup. Same for caterpillar and moth of each, for grand coup.
bulletTake full charge of a swarm of bees for two months, and record habits of bees observed, amount of honey made, condition of swarm at close of period, for coup; six months for grand coup.
bulletTrail (not casually discover) a colony of honeybees to a bee tree, for coup. Transfer the bees to a modern hive acceptable to the bees, for grand coup.

 

bulletSpiders
bulletIdentify 8 species of spiders and observe and record the steps in the spinning of a spider's web. The record should contain the name of the spider observed, dates of record, location of web, exact time each observation was made and sketch of the appearance of the web at each observation, for coup; study and record the web building of 5 species, for grand coup.

 

bulletLower Animals (Only 1 in this department allowed for Sagamoreship. )
bulletIdentify 8 crustaceans observed alive in nature, for coup; 12 for grand coup, with a description of the habits and economic importance of 2 of them.
bulletFind in the field and identify 25 salt water shells for coup; 40 for grand coup.
bulletIdentify 10 other sea animals observed alive and give an account of 2 of them, for coup; 20 for grand coup. Lists must not contain any animals for which credit has been received elsewhere.
bulletMake and maintain successfully for 8 weeks a salt or fresh water aquarium containing not less than 3 gallons of water and not less than 5 forms of animal life. Keep a careful record of how the aquarium was cared for and of the habits of the animals, for coup; one year's success for grand coup.

 

bulletWild Flowers (Only 1 in this department allowed for Sagamoreship.)
bulletFind in the field 40 wild flowers and record for each species the name, date, when seen, place where seen, character of habitat, abundance, and know what wild flowers need protection, for coup; 80 for grand coup.
bulletIdentify 40 garden flowers for coup; 60 for grand coup.
bulletCollect and identify 20 weeds found in garden or cultivated crops, for coup; 40 for grand coup.
bulletCollect and identify 8 grasses, for coup; 16 for grand coup.
bulletMake blue prints of 30 wild flowers which have been identified, for coup; 50 for grand coup.

 

bulletTrees and Shrubs (Only 2 in this department allowed for Sagamoreship. )
bulletIdentify by leaf or fruit, or both, according to any standard authority, 25 trees and tell something interesting about each, for coup; in addition, identify by twigs and bark in winter 20 trees, for grand coup.
bulletIdentify, according to any standard authority, 20 shrubs, for coup; in addition, identify by twigs and bark in winter 15 shrubs, for grand coup. List must not contain any species for which credit has been given in tree coup.
bulletMake a set of blue prints, ink prints or smoke prints of the leaves of 25 species of trees and correctly label. Make a set of blue prints, ink prints or smoke prints of 25 shrubs and correctly label. Either for coup; both for grand coup. This coup may be taken instead of the first one in this department, but both may not be counted by the same person for Sagamoreship or lower degree.
bulletMake a collection of the woods of 20 native trees, samples to be not less than 2 inches in diameter, and of uniform length, for coup. In addition, make an exhibit of 10 different forest trees, mounting in permanent form, leaf, flower, fruit, bark, twigs, to show the method of branching and specimen of wood of each species, for grand coup.

 

bulletFruits and Seeds
bulletCollect and identify the seeds of 40 plants including the fruit where possible, for coup; 75 for grand coup.

 

bulletNon-flowering Plants (Only 1 in this department for Sagamoreship. )
bulletIdentify from living plants 18 ferns, for coup; 35 for grand coup.
bulletIdentify from living plants 15 mosses and lichens, for coup; 30 including at least 4 club mosses, for grand coup.
bulletDry and mount 25 ferns, properly identified, for coup; 50 for grand coup.
bulletIdentify 25 mushrooms, stating which are poisonous. Identify 10 species of under-water plant. Either for coup; both for grand coup.

 

bulletGeology, etc.
bulletIdentify 30 minerals. Identify, referring to their proper strata, 20 fossils. Either for coup; both for grand coup.
bulletKnow, name and describe the 14 great divisions of the earth's crust, according to any established authority; also define watershed, delta, drift, fault, glacier, terrace, stratum, dip, and identify 10 different kinds of rock, for coup. In addition, define sediment, metamorphic, anti-clinal, synclinal, moraine; coal, metal, mineral, petroleum, and identify in all 20 kinds of rock, for grand coup.

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