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  • Blog Archive - Selah, Bamberger Ranch Preserve
    years We will be adding more posts in the future Grasses Politics and Education May 13 2011 By J David Bamberger Our current State Legislature is considering a bill to allow ranchers to retain their agricultural exemption if they maintain a healthy grass cover on their rangeland Why would this be good for the people It s really quite simple Range grasses prevent runoff of precious soil They allow rainfall to percolate into the earth refilling our underground aquifers Grasses filter out harmful chemicals such as pesticides fertilizers and more Passion Reverence Venerate February 7 2011 By J David Bamberger From Webster s New Universal Unabridged Dictionary Passion extreme compelling emotion intense emotional drive or excitement specifically a enthusiasm or fondness b strong love or affection Reverence a feeling or attitude of deep respect love awe and esteem Venerate to look upon with deep respect and reverence Synonyms honor respect adore more Like em or Not Lichens August 30 2010 By J David Bamberger This blog post has been on my mind for many months Not that I studied it all that time but mostly because it scared me Not being a scientist I don t speak genus and species

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  • Contact Us - Selah, Bamberger Ranch Preserve
    if it s a small question about what book to buy or what agency to contact in your area of interest We are passionate about spreading the gospel of environmental conservation and its rewards to all ages If you are interested in joining us by way of volunteering or if you want to learn more by visiting there are a variety of ways to reach us We do not have

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  • Support The Margaret Bamberger Research and Education Center - Selah, Bamberger Ranch Preserve
    San Antonio and even to our North and our West Johnson City and Fredericksburg Climate change urban pressure and other factors will all influence future land management practices and conservation priorities Conservation can also be a term that can apply to what goes in and around a new man made structure The Margaret Bamberger Research and Education Center will be a model of conservation and will feature the latest innovations in green design Rainwater collection and solar arrays for water and energy conservation will be integral to the design Features like light tubes will be in rooms so that electrical lighting will be unnecessary Natural materials harvested from the ranch itself like limestone and wood will be used throughout the interior and exterior Research Think of it as a Vault If you were a researcher and went behind the scenes in a facility like the American Natural History Museum in New York City you would likely find a western diamondback rattlesnake collected from West Texas in 1915 Known as voucher specimens they are the best example of their species and they are museum quality preserved for research Exposure to air and light is kept to a minimum you would be able to compare a diamondback rattler from today to one perfectly preserved from 100 years ago The Texas A M Biodiversity Research and Teaching Collections BRTC is currently the main repository for the state for these types of collections Several Selah species collected a few years ago by Dr David Ribble of Trinity University are held there now Think of it as a vault For biological research it s very important to have these specimens protected and stored in perpetuity The Margaret Bamberger Research and Education Center will have its own vault for all future biological research conducted on site

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  • Camp Selah - Selah, Bamberger Ranch Preserve
    23 2016 Camp Selah has been an educational and exciting five day nature camp for over eight years for kids between the ages of 9 13 Wonderful guest speakers join the Bamberger staff to offer science based outdoor activities and lessons Campers swim and canoe in our spring fed lake hike the trails catch and identify critters view nightly bat emergences walk in the footprints of dinosaurs and sing songs by campfires under clear night skies The camp is designed for those really interested in nature and kids leave the camp smarter about their native environments and with a stronger land ethic Space is limited to 20 approximately 10 boys and 10 girls The application process is easy write an essay in your own words about what nature means to you and provide a letter of recommendation from a teacher preferably science The deadline to apply is May 27 2016 Price for the camp is 525 and some scholarships are available up to 50 Please note although activities are not strenuous campers will be spending most of their time out of doors and there is always a small risk involved with exposure to insects plants etc Campers are expected to

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  • File not found - Selah, Bamberger Ranch Preserve
    Visits Participate Donate Volunteer Family Day and Picnic News Selah Dispatch Newsletter Announcements Press Video Library Blog Archive Contact Us Donate The page you are looking for was not found Use the links below to continue to our site About Our Story Biodiversity Meet the Staff Directors and Advisors Ranch Facilities and Consulting Frequently Asked Questions Workshops Tours and Events Schedule School Visits Participate Donate Volunteer Family Day and Picnic

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  • Recovery of the Texas Snowbell - Selah, Bamberger Ranch Preserve
    87 plants from seven widely scattered populations were known to exist when this species was listed as endangered by the State of Texas in January 1987 Because all but two of the known populations of the Texas snowbell occur on private land it was imperative from the very beginning of the recovery process to include private landowners J David Bamberger as a personal quest began landowner contacts and relationships with private landowners who knew that they had this tree on their properties He collected seeds grew and planted trees around the Bamberger Ranch from seed Mr Bamberger s success rate has been good In 2003 Mr Bamberger and his staff gained confidence with those who oversee endangered species at the federal level receiving funds from the National Fish and Wildlife Service for Phase One of a written recovery plan instructing that within 5 years 500 plants would be reintroduced into counties of its natural range Seeds collected from existing sites would be grown and potted and kept separate from other watershed collections so that hybridization of genetic material would be unlikely to occur Records are kept as to where each plant came from and where they went within their watershed

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  • Scimitar-horned Oryx Survival Program - Selah, Bamberger Ranch Preserve
    See the Scimitar oryx Wikipedia page for more information In 2005 3 animals from our herd were shipped out to be a part of a new captive breeding program initiative in North Africa in The Republic of Tunisia The AZA has targeted The Republics of Gambia and Senegal as potential reintroduction sites due to their receptiveness political stability and suitable habitat While no longer an active participant with the AZA

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  • The Chiroptorium: Bamberger’s Folly - Selah, Bamberger Ranch Preserve
    glass windows inside the cave for the purpose of human viewings of the bats at roosting height Indications were that the bats were either not seeing or echolocating the smooth surface of the glass and were bumping into the windows The windows were covered in the winter of 2003 and several thousand bats arrived that summer Then on August 5 2003 J David went up to the cave before sun down to view his several thousand and what he saw changed the whole picture several hundred thousand were emerging from the cave coming out in a column over the road and flying off into the night sky Strong emergences regularly lasted 30 minutes each night Scientists estimated at that time that we had at least 200 000 bats Bats returned the following summer estimated over 5 000 But the best news came on June 22 2004 Dr Gary McCracken a leading bat biologist who is studying the eating habits of Mexican Free tailed Bats came to the ranch before heading to his Uvalde research site After viewing the five minute emergence Dr McCracken and several staff members went into the cave to see how much guano was on the ground

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