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A Word From The President:|
Dear members and friends of Nature,
spring has arrived at Bear Springs Blossom Nature Preserve.
A very difficult year lays behind us. First an exceptional drought, and we lost many more old oak trees, and cherry trees.
Then several flood like rains with high amounts of big rain drops. The dry Earth could not hold the water. Running of the water destroyed many of our Nature trails, moved huge rocks of limestone, uprooted many more old trees. Weather becomes very violent nowadays.
The saying of Albert Einstein
Look deep, deep into Nature and you will understand everything better!
is still completely true, but what we understand is that humans have messed up our planet!
So we try to inform our members, we try to inform politicians.
We try to secure the future of the next generation.
No matter what future takes place, as a BSB member you are much more likely to be ready for it!
Nowadays everybody has the possibilities to learn, to update his / her knowledge to have a better life!
Bear Springs Blossom Conservation education efforts are our part of securing our future! May all your weeds be wildflowers!
Members from all over Earth have helped to protect Nature, to help people that had suffered from catastrophic events.
People lost their home because of storms, floods, typhoons.
We need enlightened members who believe in freedom and equality!
We need more volunteers - please respond!
Can a single person do something against it?
Every person can make a difference!
Together we are stronger - together we can do a lot of good
Together we can take care of our future!
A growing Earth population needs more water
A growing Earth population needs more green!
Did you know that every minute Earth is loosing 12 football fields of forest?
Forests that clean our air, that clean our water, that help to reduce erosion. Forests that support healthy rivers where fish can live, healthy marine life for human food consumption.
Earth climate has already changed:
Record typhoon in Indonesia and Australia, warmer in the Arctic, but very cold in the center of the United States. Every new record is proof, shows facts!
Changes in Earth's climate have harmed many humans!
Please email us your thoughts + questions!
Check our 880+ web-pages or have a look into our BSB-book, our NASA website, our Water facts encyclopedia + our Air facts encyclopedia
our 2 Geology pages or have fun with our many quizzes!
The future of Earth lies in our hands
Healthy water, good drinking water,
food out of creeks, rivers and oceans!
Clouds over Edwards Mountain
Clouds are traveling all around Earth
How many humans and animals have enjoyed their shade, the rain & fog, the wind?
The more we are, the stronger is our voice calling for better Nature conservation.
email news-bits + Personal advice + Lectures, courses!
Raise your knowledge with our Master Conservationist course with certificate
More and more people believe that the task of protecting the next generation = our children + grandchildren is very important!
Water - Wasser - Aqua|
For over 23 years, we talk, send out emails and publish the information about rising sea levels.
Warmer ocean temperatures are causing polar ice melt.
Warmer ocean temperatures increase the volume of Earth's oceans. Scientists believe, that our world ocean could rise as much as 10 feet this century.
Another factor in rising sea levels is erosion, when a steady stream of materials are carried into the sea.
Many scientist are looking at
Earth's ocean currents, because a shift could cause turmoil in many countries changing temperatures, endangering food production.
As you can read in NASA climatologist James Hansen’s publications, country, state and local officials need to start planning for slow but surely coming flood.
All scientists have the same problem:
Politicians don’t want to know what’s happening in the future, plans that go past the next election are seen as unnecessary.
Even in states that get the biggest impact as Louisiana, Florida, Massachusetts don’t plan ahead.
How will children in 25 years respond when we tell them stories about former beaches and shorelines?
How will they feel when the map of Earth has changed so much?
Some state officials think that construction dikes and dams will solve the problem, but our calculations show, that these constructions would cost far over $2 trillion –
who can afford that?
Additionally, think about the costs of rebuilding all the harbors on Earth, so people and goods can be loaded and unloaded...
Most people living close to beaches have told us that they plan to put their houses on sale. Hopefully they will find a buyer?
Today, in California, erosion, floods and storms have destroyed mansions and family homes on seaside cliffs. Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger of California has directed state agencies to plan for sea-level rise in their construction projects.
Most people that live on the coast just think about how to manage the next surge, and as written before
“after me the flood”.
Many of our BSB websites are used in schools to educate students and we are happy to provide these educational web pages. Send us your lecture!
Water on Earth runs in a water cycle.
It raises out of our oceans, rain falls on our landmasses and mountains; our creeks and rivers bring it back into the ocean -
the water cycle is complete.
Niagara falls frozen 1911
NASA announced the finding of water ice in several impact craters on Mars. Water and hydroxyl is widely dispersed on the moon's surface. It is believed that water was carried by asteroids.
Water, the unique molecule that cradles and nurtures life here, is apparently common and abundant in the solar system. Observational evidence suggests that water as a solid, liquid or gas is present at the poles of Mercury, within the thick clouds of Venus, on Mars, inside asteroids and comets, and on Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune. Scientists also have speculated that Jupiter's moons Europa, Ganymede and Callisto have vast subsurface oceans of liquid water.
Sun + water - no life without them
Test your knowledge:
Water is the most common compound on earth,|
the fluid which all life depends upon.
It's the one liquid
Humans must have to live.
Humans need to drink water!
An average person can go
Are you familiar with the Humboldt Current?|
Along the western coast line of South America, this cold, low-salinity ocean current runs from the southern tip of Chile to northern Peru towards the equator. It is an eastern boundary current flowing in the direction of the equator.
The German scientist and naturalist Alexander von Humboldt explored this area and its current extensively and found out that this current is one of the major upwelling systems on Earth.
It supports an extraordinary abundance of marine life, helping the Peru fishermen to work in the largest fisheries on Earth.
About 20% of the Earth’s fish catch is made possible by the Humboldt Current. Fish species caught are sardines, anchovies and jack mackerel.
Meteorologists found out that the Humboldt Current prevents the formation of tropical cyclones in Chile and Peru. Additionally, the weather and climate is cooled down, helping the temperate rainforest to raise high trees up to 4000 years old.
Do you still remember the ideas of the 'Age of Enlightenment'? Just over 200 years ago, the “Age of Enlightenment” was at its peak.
People as Montesquieu, Voltaire, Jefferson, Kant, Locke - all part of it. Equality, fraternity, liberty - good thoughts from good people. The American Declaration of Independence (1776) and the United States Bill of Rights are based on these political ideals.
Thomas Jefferson, the third President of the United States, was one of the leaders in the US Enlightenment era. He believed in science-based knowledge, spoke five languages, studied architecture, different religions, and philosophy. He had learned from conversations with other people and from books, and never stopped learning throughout his life.
“He who knows best knows how little he knows”
was one of his sayings.
Emanuel Kant was asked in 1784 about the meaning he answered:
“Enlightenment is man’s emergence from his self-incurred immaturity.”
Why are these thoughts important today?
Why do I mention these great men?
I strongly believe people should start the “New Age of Enlightenment”.
With today’s technical possibilities, people who adopt these life principles based on science, which require life-long learning, would have a better life, would have more success, would be leaders that can help mankind to deal with the coming changes and challenges.
If we care about our future, Conservation education is the best way to update our knowledge for a better future for ourselves and our children! Will you join us?
For more information please email us
Look deep, deep into Nature and you will understand everything better!
It would be great if you all would work with us
to Keep Earth beautiful, to provide a better understanding of the responsibilities of stewardship, of resource management, and conservation,
to inform, to give tips!|
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Individual/couple $ 12 / year
Donor $ 25 / year
Supporter $ 100 / year
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Philanthropist $1000 / year
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How people could reduce carbon emissions:|
Installing a Solar water heater is a very good investment with a great payback. Let the sun heat your water for free!
Improving attic insulation, sealing or replacing drafty windows and doors, cuts carbon emissions.
A third one:
Switching to more efficient equipment, maintaining equipment, adjusting appliance setting—such as the temperature on water heaters reduces carbon emissions.
The list goes on:
Fuel efficient vehicles
Better fuel consumption has the greatest potential to reduce U.S. carbon emissions.
Green Driving helps to reduce carbon emissions - like not speeding away from a stop sign when driving, regularly maintaining one’s car, removing unnecessary weight from the car, inflating the tires properly.
We get our information from US and European universities,
from NASA, Reuters, PBS
Peter Bonenberger, elected president
Marianne Bonenberger, director of education
P.O.B 63295, Pipe Creek, TX 78063
A big THANK YOU to our Land Stewards|
Reagan & Helen Peterson - Bandera, TX
Robert & Lynne House - Union, KY
Karen & Bob Taylor - NASA, TX
BSB's Vice President,
Land Steward and Master Conservationist
Triple Nickel - TX
and our Supporters
Bob McKinley - Pipe Creek - TX
Pam & Robert Schindler - Canton, GA
All have invested in the future!
They know, that it is better and cheaper to act now, than later face the consequences!
We cannot list all of our members,|
but we thank all members who help us
to conserve Nature, secure our water supply
and give us the opportunity to
inform, to help and to educate people! All of us are volunteers, working without salary,
helping to secure the future for our children + grandchildren
THANK YOU FOR YOUR HELP
Members from Europe
Erhard & Inge Gold - Germany
Wolfgang Hatz - Germany
Martina Brugger - Germany
Werner + Liesi Pawlitza - Germany
Maria & Rudolf Hertel - Germany
Norbert + Armin Hertel - Germany
P. + G. + Mathias Rodorff - Germany
Rita Boehringer - Germany
Joachim Boehringer - Germany
Werner & Helga & Wolfgang Liedel - Germany
Hubert Berchtold - Germany
Reiner Trapp & S. Silz - Germany
Manfred & Lisa Fromwald - Austria
Lisa Huber - Austria
Friederike Christian - Austria
Claudette & Domingos Duarte - Portugal
|This is Bear Springs Blossom Main Trail, easy to walk - with many places to rest and enjoy Nature|
|Upper part of our Big Rock Trail - parts are steep|
|Chrysactinia mexicana - Damianita|
strongly scented shrub - blooms June to October
|Golden Cheeked Warbler an endangered bird protected at Bear Springs Blossom Nature Preserve|
To get more information visit our website "Golden Cheeked Warbler"
|Great-View-Trail, a wonderful trail, |
but you should be fit to walk it -
Come and walk with us
|Chainsaw Valley Trail, some people gave |
their blood while working on it ...
|Black Willow Trail - just a start|
|The upper part of our Golden cheeked Warbler habitat - Hill Top Trail|
See a map of Texas where the Golden Cheeked Warbler lives on our website
|The lower part of our Golden Cheeked Warbler habitats|
|A Robin praising Nature|
|The home of the Madrones is the |
TX Hill Country - you can see over 300 at
Bear Springs Blossom Nature Preserve - more information on our website "Madrone"
|Every rain changes our Creek Bed Trail|
The creek bed was built by the Pipe Creek a long time ago
|View up to parkbench at Big Rock Trail - more information on our website "B+S+B-trails"|
|Nature - protected forever ...|
|CLICK HERE||To go to the wildflower photos|
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