Camp Discovery at Hummer House Ranch
After much planning and preparation, the first annual Camp Discovery for the 4th Grade students of Christoval Elementary was held at the Hummer House on May 7th. Dan and Cathy Brown hosted a group of knowledgeable and experienced naturalists who gathered to present programs for the field day. Students were placed in groups with parent sponsors and rotated through the stations set in separate locations. Dan Brown presented a program about rocks and minerals. Kelly Bryan banded and taught about hummingbirds. Toni Gallucci brought an impressive collection of reptiles to the field day and taught about them. He also provided the lunch entertainment for students and staff. Henry Dusek made a presentation of local history and Kay Thompson led a discussion of native plants. Christy Youkers presented a program on water conservation. The Concho Valley Bird Banding group banded and discussed song birds. We thank Master Bird Banders, Fred Bassett and Don Connell, for volunteering their help with the banding demonstrations. Based on the comments from students, parents, presenters and teaching staff, the day was a tremendous success. and a good time was had by all. We are already in the planning stages for a second edition of Discovery Camp next spring. More information on the Discovery Day Camp is available by visiting the West Texas Avian Research Inc. website that is linked to this site.