Field Trip Recaps

5th Grade - The 5th Grades participated in Houston Audubon’s birdathon.  Each class spent an entire day attempting to see as many bird species as possible. 5A left on April 10 and tallied 54 species; 5B left on April 19 and tallied 60 species. Most of the birding was conducted at Lake Charlotte and the JJ Mayes Wildlife Trace along the Trinity River. Highlights included seeing a Bald Eagle’s nest with two fledglings, nesting Roseate Spoonbills, flocks of White Ibis, diving Ospreys, a Swainson’s Hawk (just back from Argentina), Vireos, a rare Glossy Ibis, and a Killdeer’s nest with eggs and chicks. In addition, the boys spotted several species of snake, alligators, beavers, and even a river otter! The day concluded with vine climbing up majestic live oaks.

6th Grade - The 6th graders, faculty, and almost 20 dads began their adventures in Fredericksburg the Wednesday before last at the National Museum of the Pacific War. We set up camp that night at Inks Lake and then spent Thursday at Enchanted Rock. While one class was rock climbing and belaying, the other had a geology class, climbed to the summit, and went caving. Friday the boys shared a wonderful feast at Tommy’s Mesquite Fired Pizza in Llano (highly recommended!). Later we went cliff jumping back at Ink’s Lake.  Saturday the group stopped at Austin on the way home to visit the Bullock Texas History Museum and the State Capitol building.  This was the best WA camping trip ever!

Adam Thompson