Participants ages 2 years through 14 from Trigg, Christian and Caldwell counties had the opportunity to learn about nature and the importance of conserving, restoring and managing the habitats Kentucky’s animals need to survive. Participants learned some of the differences and dangers associated with different animals they may encounter in the yard or in the field and to respect the animal as it tries to live in our neighborhood or in the woods.
Aviva Yasgur from the Land Between The Lakes Nature Station gave a Wildlife of Kentucky presentation. She brought along a snapping turtle, a screech owl, and a chicken snake. She discussed each animal’s unique characteristics and eating habits.
Aviva discussed the differences between wild animals and pets, animal safety, and what people should do if encountering animals in the yard or in the woods.
Gus Puth and David Bryant from the East Golden Pond Fire Station brought a fire truck to the Camp. They opened the truck for tours and demonstration and discussed home fire safety and the importance of a home escape in the case of fire or emergency. They also discussed what to do in case of a tornado or severe storm. They also allowed participants to wear and demonstrate use of firefighter’s equipment. It was an excellent presentation.
Dan Dickerson, Tom Patterson, Tom Malmer, Melody Holder, and Keith and Christi Cunningham brought their National Champion Arrowcats from Trigg County School to the Camp. They gave Camp participants and their parents an awesome archery demonstration. Comments from the crowd included, “They never miss the target, do they?” After their demonstration, the Arrowcats instructed Camp participants on bow shooting safety and techniques and then assisted them in shooting a number of arrows. It was a very useful lesson on archery safety and shooting techniques.
Nick Gresham and Nathan Clinkenbeard instructed Camp participants on gun safety and shooting techniques. They assisted shooters of all ages during a shooting session at clay targets and on the Barkley Trap Range. Many direct hits were made and all who wanted got to shoot a 20 gauge shotgun at flying clay targets.
Participants broke into teams and made six Wood Duck nesting boxes. The finished nesting boxes were stamped with the Ducks Unlimited logo and then each person autographed his or her nesting box. The participants will meet again this fall and mount their nesting box on LBL or Lake Barkley area locations. They will be able to monitor the Wood Ducks nesting process next year.
The Camp was enjoyed by participants and parents alike. Many expressed appreciation for Ducks Unlimited hosting an event like this for Trigg County and surrounding communities and hope that this will be an annual event.
Information for this staff report was submitted by Phil Howard of Lake Barkley Ducks Unlimited.