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Do six to earn your Junior Proficiency Badge
1. Learn about NOAA (National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration), and explore it's National Marine Fisheries Service. What does NOAA do?
2. Make a list of the marine animals that have been classified as endangered species in your state or a neighboring state. Make a drawing of each animal or include a picture of each. What are some reasons animals become endangered? What laws protect endangered marine animals? In what ways can you help endangered species?
3. What pollutants are present in today's oceans or on today's beaches? Research how those pollutants harm the wildlife.
4. Choose at least two marine animals (i.e. penguins, sharks, whales, etc.). Find out a few fun facts about each. For example, find out what they eat, how much they eat in a day, their scientific names, where you can find them, or what a group of the animal is called (Ex. A group of birds is called a flock.).
5. Learn about the hidden treasures of the ocean. Discover how shells, beach glass, coral, and sand are made.
6. What careers involve working with sea life? Use books, magazines, or the Internet to research marine science careers. You can also check to see if your local library has a copy of the Occupational Outlook Handbook, which gives detailed job descriptions, including the nature of the work, working conditions, training, other qualifications, and advancement, employment, job outlook, earnings, and related careers.
7. Visit an aquarium to enhance your knowledge of marine animals.
8. Many marine mammals, such as whales, sea lions, and dolphins, perform in shows at aquariums and theme parks all over the world. Find out how captive animals are trained. What kinds of tools and techniques are used to teach behaviors to animals?
9. Participate in a project that will benefit marine or coastal environments (i.e. Make a flyer or pamphlet based on what you have learned about pollutants, and indicate the ways in which others can help and protect wildlife and their habitats; Take part in a dune grass planting)