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Page 2B iR porter July 11, 2018 MONROE OUTDOORS by Terry W. Johnson Now that summer is officially here and the last of the Indepen- dence Day fireworks have dimmed in the nigh me sky, hummingbirds are slowly but surely taking center stage in our backyards. From now until well into September, squadrons of hummingbirds will rule the air space over yards TERRY W. from Boling- broke to High Falls. Indeed, it will not be long before hummingbird populations will literally explode around our feed- ers. For the past few weeks, most local hummingbird fanciers have been feeding one or two of these tiny fly- ing dynamos. These birds nested within a few acres of our homes. Any other hummingbirds that drifted through our yards were promptly sent on their way by feisty males ready to do all that it takes to chase these interlopers away from their turf. While the males have been in a defensive mode, females have been busy raising a new generation of ruby-throated humming- birds. This responsibility takes place twice each year. This has given them little time to loiter at our feeders. Now that the nesting sea- son is winding down, they will begin show- ing up more often at our feed- ers. The adults will be joined by fledgling ruby- throats. Also, since the first day of summer the JOHNSON days have been getting shorter, the declining day length has triggered chemical changes in the bodies of adult and young hummingbirds alike. As a result, the birds have seem- ingly insatiable appetites. Consequently, for the next several weeks they will try to eat as much food as pos- sible. This makes for great hummingbird watching as the tiny birds forage for food in our gardens and at our feeders. For that reason, from July into September and beyond they will appear plumper week after week as they store more and more fat. This fat serves as the fuel the birds will need to wing their way to their winter home. Those unable to store at least 3/40th of an ounce of fat have little chance of reaching their wintering grounds, which begin in southern Mexico and go southward to Costa Rica and Panama. Shortly our local birds will be joined by northern mi- grants. Some males actually begIn their southward trek as early as July, Since adult males are the first to migrate each fall, we will see an influx of northern males be- fore the numbers of females and young of the year swell. Keep in mind, though, the adult males will be the first to depart our feeders. By September, very few adult males will still be with us. Each one of us has a front row seat on this spectacu- lar show. However, some seats are always better than others are. Tb is is because those of us who took the time to provide the birds with a combination of feeders and a wide mix of nectar-bearing flowers invariably attract more Ruby-throated hummingbirds, like this female, will soon be seen at Monroe County feeders and around flowers in the yard eating enough to sustain them on migration to Central America. (Photo/Terry Johnson) rely strictly on feeders to attract the birds. Some of the flowers that are favored by hum- mingbirds locally during the summer are lantana, Turk's cap, salvia such as scarlet sage, zinnia, hosta, jewelweed, and trumpet creeper, to name a few. If you are disappointed in the number of humming- birds that visit your yard this summer, keep these 1~,1 ~,~o ha mind. With th. exception of jewelweed, all of them are easy to grow and can be easily incorpo- rated into your backyard landscape before next sum- mer rolls around. About the only thing that can spoil the fantastic show is dirty feeders and spoiled sugar water. Since tempera- tures will be extremely hot for the next several weeks, hummingbird food will quickly spoil. If the food becomes cloudy, it is teeming with mold and bacteria. Dark patches of mold on the Inte- rior walls of your feeder are another sign that it is past time to clean your feeder and fill it with fresh food. Mold and bacte- ria can cause health problems for the birds. In addition, the birds will stop feeding on nectar that has become spoiled. Summer is the most exciting time of the year for hummingbird enthusiasts. Dur- ing this time of the year, we get to enjoy some great entertainment without having to watch television or go to a movie theater. Let the show begin! Terry Johnson is retired Program Manager of the Georgia Nongame-Endan- gered Wildlife Program. He has written the informative column 'Monroe Outdoors" for the Reporter for many years. Email him at tjwood- gn-ups The Monroe County Sheriffs Office in cooperation with the Georgia Public Safety Training Center (GPSTC) will hold its 1 lth annual Teen Safe Driving Camp at GPSTC from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on saturday, Aug. 11. The camp, which is for teens ages 15-17, will cost $20 and annual will include a hot lunch served in the GPSTC cafeteria and logo t-shirt. Check-in will be between 8:30 a.m. and 9 a.m. The one-day camp will teach new drivers defensive driving tips, the dangers of distracted or impaired driving, skid and off-road recovery techniques, safety at grade crossings and important vehicle maintenance skills. Anyone wishing to attend must complete an application and return it with payment to the Monroe County Sheriff's Office either in person or by mail. The deadline for applica- tions is Friday, July 27. Space is limited. Checks should be delivered in person to Monroe County Sheriffs Office, 145 L Cary Bittick Drive, Forsyth, Ga 31029 or by mail to Monroe County Sheriffs Office, P.O. Box 276, Forsyth, Ga 31029, Attn: Safe Driving Camp. Teens must bring either their learner's permit or driver's license, and all campers must wear tennis shoes. For more information, contact either Sgt. Richard Coughenour at 478-262-1125 or Dep. Marilynne Fitts at 478- 957-2811. The Central Georgia Technical College (CGTC) athletic department will host a girls b.asketball camp July 25-27 from 9 a.m. - I p.m. at Walker Arena, located on the CGTC Warner Robins campus at 80 Cohen Walker Drive. The camp is open to girls of all skill levels, ages 7-15. The cost to participate is $60 per camper. The basketball camp is designed to teach the fundamentals of basketball to players through s campus on r~ station work and competition. Areas of focus an additional $5. All participants are encour- include shooting, ball handling, individual aged to dress appropriately in shorts, t-shirts, offense, and individual defense. Campers will socks, and basketball shoes. be divided by age to ensure the besfexp&ience To register for the camp, interested persons for each participant, should visit Reco Dawson, CGTC head men's basketball ' Summer Camps. coach, will lead the camp along with current For more information, contact Reco Dawson CGTC basketball players, at (478) 757-4360 or rdawson@centralgatech. Lunch will be available daffy for campers for edu. for fall travel football games Officials are needed for Middle Georgia area travel football games beginning in August. All games will ' be played on Saturdays with many of them taking ' place at Macon's FPD. For more information, contact J Dwan Pennamon at 478- ; 365-4665. Continued from Front CampABLE (Special Needs Camp):. Dates -- July 9-13, 9 a.m.--12 p.m. (Ages 5-21) Location -- Monroe County Rec Department Youth Center Instructor -- Elizabeth Hol- loway ** There is a charge for this camp. Contact eh01- Bank-issued, FDlC-insured Minimum deposit $1000 3-~, 5.00 % APY* Minimumd@osit$1ooo * Annual Percentage Yield (APY) effective 07/05/2018. CDs offered by Edward Jones are bank-issued and FDIC-insured up to $250,000 (principal and interest accrued but not yet paid) per depositor, per insured depository institution, for each account ownership category. Please visit or contact your financial advisor for additional information. Subject to availability and price change. CD values are subject to interest rate risk such that when interest rates rise, the prices of CDs can decrease. If CDs are sold prior to maturity, the investor can lose principal value. FDIC insurance does not cover losses in market value. Early withdrawal may not be permitted. Yields quoted are net of all commissions. 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FORSYTH 478-994-9911 apply and manage your Softball Camp: Dates -- July 9-12, 6 p.m.--8 p.m. (All youth age groups) Location -- Monroe County Softball Complex Instructor-- Hannah Gross- man (Mary Persons softball coach) } Science Camp: Dates -- July 16-19, 10 a.m.--11 a.m. (Grades K-2), 11 a.m.--12 p.m. (Grades 3-5) Location -- Monroe County Rec Department Youth Center Instructor-- Yvonne Stroud (T.G. Scott Elementary teacher) , HVAC Service all brands lnstallali0n , Indoor Air Quality . Preventive Maintenance , Replacements Rel)igmli0n . Cooking Equipnmt , Commercial Kitchen Repairs , NATE C~ifi~ , Factory' Authorized Dealer . Financing Available with Great Rales } Music Camp: Dates -- July 16-19, 1:30 p.m,--2:30 p.m. (Grades K-5) Location -- Forsyth United Methodist Church Instructor -- Sandy Watson (Forsyth United Methodist Church music minister) Camp Dates -- July 16-19, 6 p.m.--8 p.m. (Ages 8-14) Location -- Monroe County Rec Department Youth Center Instructor -- Greg Nix (Mary Persons boys basket- ball coach) Mike Weeks & Mark McCranie Serving Middle Georgia 20 Yean Licensed & Insured ,: