This activity should take about 70 minutes.
After participating in this activity plan, which calls for participants to observe impacts on wildlife, participants will be able to
Your participants are going on an imaginary hike to a marshland area where they will encounter a flock of ducks, a doe, and a fawn. This activity will help them think about their potential impacts to wildlife and how these impacts can be avoided.
Explain to participants that they will be hiking along a trail and will come to a marsh area with ducks, a doe, and a fawn. Ask them to explain the actions they will take so they do not disturb the ducks and deer.
The participants will demonstrate the techniques they feel will help minimize impact to wildlife in the marshland area. After demonstrating these techniques, group members will move past the marshland. The activity will help them become more aware of their potential effects on wildlife and how they can avoid negative impacts.
As they approach the marked marshland, ask group members to demonstrate how they will avoid disturbing the wildlife and how they will be able to tell if they were successful.
After participants have passed the marshland, ask them why they used the techniques they did to minimize their impacts to the ducks and deer in the marsh. Ask them if there are any other techniques they could use. Emphasize that the best means of determining their success is the degree to which the wildlife may have altered their normal behavior. In contrast, if the ducks fly or the deer run away quickly, you know you have gotten too close.
Quick movement and loud noises are stressful to animals. Considerate campers should
Remember, you are too close to an animal if it alters its normal activities.
Your group is considerate of wildlife needs and knows how to respect wildlife. Group members also know the techniques for minimizing their impact on wildlife and means of determining if they have been successful. Do the following:
Congratulations on conducting a well-prepared meeting for your group!
Visit a local wildlife refuge and have the wildlife managers explain how they recommend viewing wildlife species at the refuge without disturbing them in the wild. Take a walk with the wildlife manager around the refuge to practice the techniques.
Teaching Leave No Trace