Investiture Achievement/Voyager/Nature Study

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Voyager/Nature Study



Requirement 1a

Read a book or at least four articles on Intelligent Design in nature.



Suggested books and sources of books and articles:

  • Book:Signature in the Cell: DNA and the Evidence for Intelligent Design Dr. Stephen C. Meyer received his Ph.D. from the University of Cambridge in the philosophy of science. A former geophysicist and college professor, he now directs the Center for Science and Culture at the Discovery Institute in Seattle. In 2004, Meyer ignited a firestorm of media and scientific controversy when a biology journal at the Smithsonian Institution published his peer-reviewed scientific article advancing intelligent design.
  • Book:Intelligent Design: The Bridge Between Science and Theologyby William A. Dembski. Although the fast-growing movement has gained considerable grassroots support, many scientists and theologians remain skeptical about its merits. Scientists worry that it's bad science (merely creationism in disguise) and theologians worry that it's bad theology (misunderstanding divine action). In this book William Dembski addresses these concerns and brilliantly argues that intelligent design provides a crucial link between science and theology.
  • Geoscience Research Institute
  • Discovery Institute

Requirement 1b

Do one of the following:

  • Review the story of Nicodemus and relate it to the lifecycle of the butterfly.
  • Draw a lifecycle chart of the caterpillar giving the spiritual significance.
  • Watch a video relating to Intelligent Design and discuss its spiritual significance.


Option 1 and 2: Nicodemus was a Pharisee and a member of the Sanhedrin, who, according to the Gospel of John, showed favor to Jesus. He appears three times: the first is when he visits Jesus one night to listen to his teachings (John 3:1–21); the second is when he states the law concerning the arrest of Jesus during the Feast of Tabernacles (John 7:45–51); and the last follows the Crucifixion, when he assists Joseph of Arimathea in preparing the corpse of Jesus for burial (John 19:39–42). The John 3 verses are what this requirement is referencing.

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This Wikipedia article goes into great detail on the life cycle of the butterfly. The short version is that:

a) butterflies start as eggs which are tiny, round, oval, or cylindrical object, usually with fine ribs and other microscopic structures.

b) butterfly larvae, or caterpillars, consume plant leaves and spend practically all of their time in search of food. Caterpillars mature through a series of stages called instars. Near the end of each instar, the larva undergoes a process called apolysis, in which the cuticle, a tough outer layer made of a mixture of chitin and specialized proteins, is released from the softer epidermis beneath, and the epidermis begins to form a new cuticle beneath.

c) The larva transforms into a pupa (or chrysalis) by anchoring itself to a substrate and moulting for the last time. After it emerges from its pupal stage, a butterfly cannot fly until the wings are unfolded. A newly emerged butterfly needs to spend some time inflating its wings with blood and letting them dry, during which time it is extremely vulnerable to predators. Some butterflies' wings may take up to three hours to dry while others take about one hour. Most butterflies and moths will excrete excess dye after hatching. This fluid may be white, red, orange, or in rare cases, blue.

The life cycle than repeats.

Discussion: Most species are born, breed and die. The butterfly, however, goes through a form of rebirth where it goes into a pupa before reemerging as a beautiful butterfly. Christians likewise go from uninteresting caterpillars through a transformation where they die to their old nature and emerge into a more beautiful creation of God.

Option 3: YouTube is a good source for videos on Intelligent Design, but choose wisely.

Ben Stein's "Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed" on YouTube or Amazon is a movie about the freedom of speech suppression to which Intelligent Design proponents are being subjected to by many atheists in academia. Stein is a Jew who believes in Intelligent Design much the same way that Adventists do. This documentary is quite entertaining.

"Intelligent Design Collection - Darwin's Dilemma, The Privileged Planet, Unlocking the Mystery of Life" (2011)

DNA By Design (2010) by Stephen C. Meyer one of the outstanding ID scientists.

Discovery Institute YouTube Channel

Discussion: If you reject Intelligent Design and believe that chance is responsible for the Universe, how can you have relationship with the God who claims to have created everything? Is God to be called a liar and then expected to save us from our sins?

Requirement 2

House Plants/Butterflies

  • Raise a plant using hydroponic principles.


OR

  • Draw, collect or photograph 10 species of butterflies, and identify correctly.


Option 1: This Wikipedia article on Hydroponics is a good place to start. Much of the information online about hydroponics is focused on cannabis cultivation, but the use of hydroponics is a perfectly acceptable method of raising many types of plants.

Option 2: Requirement 7 of the Moths and Butterflies Honor states:

Identify in the field, then draw, photograph or collect 25 species of moths and butterflies, with not more than two specimens of any one variety. When collecting, specimens should be anesthetized by using carbon tetrachloride or other chemical in collecting jar. In either project correctly label and include the following information:

a. Name

b. Date observed

c. Location

d. Time of day

e. Plant on which the insect was feeding or the material on which it was perched


Guidance:

Fulfilling this requirement is a good start on the Moths & Butterflies For identification purposes, you will need to get a copy of a good field guide. Make sure you select one that covers the area in which you live. As with many other identification tasks, it is best to find a specimen first and then attempt to identify it, rather than going out to look for a particular specimen.

Pathfinders are encouraged to draw or photograph specimens rather than collect them. Identification should be done in the field. If going as a group, it is OK to bring one camera (perhaps the instructor's) and then have the rest of the participants make their drawing from the pictures taken. If you have access to a digital camera and a projector, you could project a slide show and have the Pathfinders make drawings as the slides are shown. You may also print the photos and pass them around.

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Requirement 3

Complete Voyager requirements.



You must complete the requirements listed above this one on the current page.

Requirement 4

Edible Wild Plants/Environmental Conservation

  • Identify, prepare and eat 10 varieties of edible wild plants.


OR

  • Investigate and write a report on a small stream.



Option 1: This might be a good opportunity to tackle the Edible Wild Plants where detailed guidance can be found to meet this requirement.

Option 2: This requirement matches Requirement 4 of the Environmental Conservation where detailed instructions and tips can be found.


Requirement 5

Complete a nature honor not previously earned. (Skill level 2 or 3).


Popular choices, because the major requirements are covered here, include:

Edible Wild Plants

Environmental Conservation

Moths & Butterflies (all Skill Level 2).

Here is a complete list of Nature honors at skill levels 2 and 3:


Honor Patch Category Approval Skill Level Year
Alternative Fuels
Alternative Fuels.png
Nature GC tiny.png 2 2014
Alternative Fuels - Advanced
Alternative Fuels Advanced.png
Nature GC tiny.png 3 2014
Amphibians - Advanced
Amphibians Advanced.png
Nature GC tiny.png 3 2001
Animal Camouflage - Advanced
Animal Camouflage Advanced.png
Nature NAD tiny.png 2 2015
Animal Tracking - Advanced
Animal Tracking Advanced.png
Nature GC tiny.png 2 2001
Antelopes - Advanced
Antelopes Advanced.png
Nature GC tiny.png 2 2001
Bats - Advanced
Bats Advanced.png
Nature GC tiny.png 2 2004
Birds - Advanced
Birds Advanced.png
Nature GC tiny.png 3 1949
Bogs & Fens
Bogs and Fens Honor.png
Nature GC tiny.png 2 2014
Bogs & Fens - Advanced
Bogs and Fens Advanced.png
Nature GC tiny.png 3 2014
Bubbles
Bubbles Honor.png
Nature NAD tiny.png 2 2015
Cacti - Advanced
Cacti Advanced.png
Nature GC tiny.png 3 1999
Cats - Advanced
Cats Advanced.png
Nature GC tiny.png 2 2001
Cetaceans
Cetaceans Honor.png
Nature GC tiny.png 2 2001
Climate Science
Climate Science AY Honor.png
Nature NAD tiny.png 2 2019
Climate Science - Advanced
Climate Science - Advanced AY Honor.png
Nature NAD tiny.png 3 2019
Coral Reefs - Advanced
Coral Reefs Advanced AY Honor.png
Nature NAD tiny.png 2 2018
Dog Care and Training
Dog Care and Training.png
Nature GC tiny.png 2 1976
Dunes
Dunes.png
Nature GC tiny.png 2 2013
Dunes - Advanced
Dunes Advanced.png
Nature GC tiny.png 3 2013
Ecology
Ecology Honor.png
Nature GC tiny.png 2 1972
Ecology - Advanced
Ecology Advanced.png
Nature GC tiny.png 3 1972
Edible Wild Plants
Edible Wild Plants Honor.png
Nature NAD tiny.png 2 1970
Endangered Species
Endangered Species.png
Nature GC tiny.png 2 2005
Environmental Conservation
Environmental Conservation Honor.png
Nature GC tiny.png 2 1973
Ferns
Ferns Honor.png
Nature GC tiny.png 2 1944
Fishes
Fishes Honor.png
Nature GC tiny.png 2 1945
Flowers
Flowers Honor.png
Nature GC tiny.png 2 1928
Flowers - Advanced
Flowers Advanced.png
Nature GC tiny.png 3 1949
Fossils
Fossils Honor.png
Nature NAD tiny.png 2 1944
Fungi
Fungi Honor.png
Nature GC tiny.png 2 1937
Geology - Advanced
Geology Advanced.png
Nature GC tiny.png 2 1975
Grasses
Grasses Honor.png
Nature GC tiny.png 3 1945
House Plants
House Plants Honor.png
Nature GC tiny.png 2 1976
Insects - Advanced
Insects Advanced.png
Nature GC tiny.png 2 1949
Lichens, Liverworts & Mosses
Lichens Liverworts and Mosses Honor.png
Nature GC tiny.png 3 1961
Livestock
Livestock Honor.png
Nature GC tiny.png 2 1945
Mammals - Advanced
Mammals Advanced.png
Nature GC tiny.png 2 1949
Maple Sugar - Advanced
Maple Sugar Advanced.png
Nature GC tiny.png 3 1989
Marine Algae
Marine Algae Honor.png
Nature GC tiny.png 3 1961
Marine Invertebrates
Marine Invertebrates Honor.png
Nature GC tiny.png 2 1956
Marine Mammals
Marine Mammals Honor.png
Nature GC tiny.png 2 1991
Marsupials
Marsupials Honor.png
Nature GC tiny.png 2 2001
Meteorites
Meteorites.png
Nature NAD tiny.png 2 2014
Microscopic Life
Microscopic Life Honor.png
Nature GC tiny.png 2 1994
Moths & Butterflies
Moths and Butterflies Honor.png
Nature GC tiny.png 2 1933
Odonates
Odonates Honor.png
Nature GC tiny.png 2 2011
Odonates - Advanced
Odonates Advanced.png
Nature GC tiny.png 2 2011
Palm Trees
Palm Trees Honor.png
Nature GC tiny.png 2 2001
Parrots and Cockatoos
Parrots and Cockatoos Honor.png
Nature GC tiny.png 2 2001
Poultry
Poultry Honor.png
Nature GC tiny.png 2 1928
Raptors - Advanced
Raptors Advanced.png
Nature NAD tiny.png 3 2015
Renewable Energy
Renewable Energy Honor.png
Nature GC tiny.png 2 2014
Reptiles - Advanced
Reptiles Advanced.png
Nature GC tiny.png 3 2001
Rivers and Streams
Rivers and Streams Honor.png
Nature GC tiny.png 2 2011
Rivers and Streams - Advanced
Rivers and Streams Advanced.png
Nature GC tiny.png 2 2012
Rocks & Minerals
Rocks and Minerals Honor.png
Nature GC tiny.png 2 1937
Rocks & Minerals - Advanced
Rocks and Minerals Advanced.png
Nature GC tiny.png 3 1949
Seeds - Advanced
Seeds Advanced.png
Nature GC tiny.png 2 1961
Shells
Shells Honor.png
Nature GC tiny.png 2 1938
Shells - Advanced
Shells Advanced.png
Nature GC tiny.png 3 1949
Small Mammal Pets
Small Mammal Pets Honor.png
Nature GC tiny.png 2 1997
Spiders
Spiders Honor.png
Nature GC tiny.png 2 1928
Stars
Stars Honor.png
Nature NAD tiny.png 2 1928
Stars - Advanced
Stars Advanced.png
Nature NAD tiny.png 3 1949
Taiga - Advanced
Taiga Advanced.png
Nature GC tiny.png 2 2014
Trees - Advanced
Trees Advanced.png
Nature GC tiny.png 3 1949
Water Science - Advanced
Water Science Advanced.png
Nature NAD tiny.png 2 2015
Weather - Advanced
Weather Advanced.png
Nature GC tiny.png 2 1949
Worms - Advanced
Worms Advanced.png
Nature GC tiny.png 2 2006