June Banding Activities
May is always a busy month as we work with many school groups at the end of the school term. June is usually a slower month as we concentrate primarily on our research projects. This year was a little different as we had five scheduled demonstrations. Two of these were for adult interest groups and the other three were for students attending summer camps in our community.We started the month with our third session of our MAPS program at the South Concho River Station and conducted a total of three MAPS sessions during the month. After the drought of last summer and the very poor breeding success experienced by birds the station last summer, we were gratified to find a great many hatching year birds this season as part of our results this season.
Our student demonstrations this month were for students enrolled in the summer camp sponsored by the San Angelo Fine Arts Association and a group of students whose parents were attending a state convention in San Angelo. As always we enjoyed meeting these young people and demonstrating bird banding for them. We conducted demonstrations for two adult groups who visited the Hummer House during the month. We also had the opportunity to share our love of birds with members of two local service groups that serve our community.
It was our pleasure to assist Bob and Martha Sargent of Alabama for two days during the month while they were training hummingbird banders at the Hummer House. It is always good to combine bird banding and meeting old friends. We also traveled to Kimble County where we continued our multiple year study of hummingbirds at the Allen Ranch. Edith Allen has been feeding hummingbirds at that location for many years and has a large population of hummingbirds. Hummingbird banding at that location is always an event with many guests who are interested in our work there. We are happy to report that the Black-chinned Hummingbirds at that location are also recovering from the drought of last summer and have had a good nesting year.