Peloton Land Solutions biologists Randy Alexander and Frank Holland, along with partner Richard Payne, helped several local North Texas Boy Scouts fulfill their Environmental Science merit badge requirements this summer. The merit badge program allows Scouts to examine subjects to determine if they would like to further pursue them as a career. While Scouts can choose from over 100 merit badge subjects, the Environmental Science merit badge is one of several that are required for aspiring Eagle Scouts.
The Scouts from Troop 928 attended a two-hour classroom session taught by Randy Alexander, a Certified Wildlife Biologist, followed by a field course where the Scouts sampled vegetation from two plots in a residential development in north Fort Worth. As part of the merit badge requirement, the Scouts presented their research and findings on endangered species in Texas.
As a result of the class, at least one of the Scouts expressed interest in a career in rangeland ecology, the study of the relationships between rangeland plants, animals and their environment.