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  • Passion, Reverence, Venerate - Selah, Bamberger Ranch Preserve
    East Austin it serves what is known as a poor neighborhood The school has four 5th grade classes Over a one month period each class gets to come to the ranch for a three day two night field trip For the most part these kids don t have a grandfather who owns a ranch so being here experiencing the natural world going to bed and waking up in silence instead of sirens these experiences can be life changing for the kids REVERENCE I know they are for us The principal had the students assembled in the school s auditorium to greet us This was a big day for them as well as the school PASSION the kids were so happy to see Big Steve and Queen Colleen again You had to be there to witness the tears and the joy of this sight Photograph taken by Colleen Gardner It was not only us that were mobbed Colleen had taken her dog Buttercup along The kids remembered Buttercup and the fun with her on their ranch visit Photograph taken by Sofia LaTorre It was a cold day but the kids were eager to help dig the holes Photograph taken by Lois Sturm Steven describes every step of the planting dig a square hole so the roots can grow outward don t plant too deep use mulch or a weed barrier to keep the ground cool and damp Photograph taken by Lois Sturm Every tree is protected with a steel cage and a plaque is added that describes the tree Photograph taken by Lois Sturm This is Mr Thompson s class The tree is a Golden Ball Lead Tree Each class has pledged to look after their specific tree Photograph taken by Judith Hutcheson The following letter was written to us by one of the young students after they spent three days at the ranch Here s Ms Sayree s class of young naturalists along with Buttercup Their tree is a Desert Willow a flowering tree Photograph taken by Judith Hutcheson And here s another letter REVERENCE Ms Pruitt s 5th grade class now has a Shumard Oak to care for Here s another letter from these kids Photograph taken by Judith Hutcheson The appreciation for the ranch experience is evident in all these letters VENERATION Ms LaTorre s class planted the Monterrey Oak The excitement of these 5th grade kids over the contribution of these trees and the time at the ranch travels through the school The 4th grade anticipates their ranch trip next year REVERENCE Photograph taken by Judith Hutcheson You can tell by these letters what it has meant to these city born children to have spent three days on the ranch a natural world without television and other modern day gadgets and to have spent that time with these educated interesting and passionate young people This small staff is incredible they are my heroes They never cease to amaze me They most certainly are not paid large amounts

    Original URL path: http://bambergerranch.org/blog-archive/passion-reverence-venerate (2016-02-12)
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  • Like’em or Not — Lichens - Selah, Bamberger Ranch Preserve
    Susan Sander founder of the Riverside Nature Center in Kerrville She is always full of nature knowledge One of the more unusual lichen things I received was through a Selah visitor Gwendolyn Hallsmith from Montpelier Vermont She via email introduced me to Alan Atkisson who wrote among other things The Strangely Popular Lichen Song which with his permission I m adding the lyrics to this posting You can buy the song on iTunes or on Amazon com Now just what are lichens Once again I have to confess I m not a biologist so I won t try to get into the scientific lingo by copying from my Lichen bible about the simplest way I can define a lichen is that they are small colorful little creatures They are not plants but they grow or form just about everywhere in any environment from deserts to the Artic on trees or stone iron gates power lines or dead wood They are formed from a marriage of an alga and a fungus and like in any marriage should be they work together for the benefit of both Lichens are different than mosses fungi or algae but I don t have the ability to tell you about all their differences except that a mushroom is a fungus mosses are small soft plants that here on the ranch grow on stones around our springs and as the adage goes a rolling stone gathers no moss and fungi are a group of spore producing organisms feeding on organic matter such as molds yeast mushrooms and toadstools I read once in a government agriculture bulletin that it takes Mother Nature 500 years to manufacture soil Well it s lichens that make this happen One more fact before I move on is that lichens are useful in making compounds used in medicines as well as herbicides dyes and perfumes and if you re poking around in bird nests you ll often find the birds used them in building the nests So you see lichens are another of nature s success stories Steven left me a post a note in the lichen bible instructing me to find this in a tree It s the 9 x 10 beautiful picture on the jacket cover of my lichen bible I thought that should be so easy to spot until I walked trails and woods for two hours to no avail You d think an 82 year old conservation oriented man like me would know better When I complained to Steven he reached to a branch over my head he s 6 8 and broke off this dead branch I had been wondering through the woods looking for a big patch of this orange beauty not something the size of a nickel Photograph taken by Lois Sturm Psora crenata From the Lichen bible Common name Brickscale Found on soil in arid sites The scales are pink to pinkish orange and turn grey green when damp They are very small Photograph taken

    Original URL path: http://bambergerranch.org/blog-archive/likeem-or-not-lichens (2016-02-12)
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