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Monarchs have a typical wingspan of more than 3.5 inches and an average weight of 0.5 grams (about that of a paper clip), among the largest of North American species.
A single monarch female can lay up to 300 to 400 eggs.
An adult's lifespan ranges from one to nine months.
Migrating monarchs can cover an average of 25 to 30 miles a day.
Most monarchs joining fall migration are three to four generations removed from those that made the previous year's journey.
In order to grow and develop, monarch caterpillars need milkweed plants; they can increase their weight almost 3,000 times in 10 to 15 days.
Monarchs are notably promiscuous, with lifetime mating frequencies of about eight for each sex.
Monarchs contain a group of compounds known as cardiac glycosides, acquired by monarch larvae feeding on milkweed, that provide protection by inducing vomiting in many vertebrates.
graphic showing monarch butterfly larvae on a milkweed plant Like birds, monarchs conserve energy by catching updrafts of warm air, called "thermals." Upon reaching the thermal top, they glide toward their destination.
There are two North American populations of monarchs divided geographically by the Rocky Mountains.
The eastern monarch population migrates each fall to Mexico, while a western population overwinters in coastal forests from California's Mendocino County south to Baja while moving inland in the spring to breed.
Monarchs overwinter in dense clusters of alpine oyamel firs in a semi-dormant state, living off stored fats.

BUTTERFLY ON THE BRINK?
Monarch monitoring show their migration's in trouble
By BSB member Rob McCorkle
Craig Hensley's lifelong love affair with monarch butterflies began decades ago. He fondly recalls childhood days in Iowa lying on his back in a field and watching swarm after swarm of the delicate-looking insects fluttering overhead, some "cascading" down around him to fuel up on plant nectar for their long southward migration.
Today, Hensley, a Guadalupe River State Park interpretive ranger, has joined a growing chorus of experts warning about the fragile state of the autumn migration of millions of monarchs to their ancestral winter home in the mountains of central Mexico. The U.S. population of the resplendent orange and black butterfly has been suffering a precipitous downward spiral in numbers because of myriad environmental factors, many of them caused by people.
During the 20 years that Western scientists, many working for universities and butterfly monitoring organizations such as Monarch Watch and Journey North, have been keeping statistics on the butterfly's 2,000-mile fall migration from Canada and the northern U.S. to the monarch's winter roosts in Mexico, overwintering populations have fluctuated wildly. Populations that for two decades covered an average of 6.69 hectares of forest plummeted 82 percent in the winter of 2012, covering only 1.19 hectares, or just less than 3 acres. (A hectare equals 2.47 acres and is estimated to contain up to 50 million monarchs.) Early reports for the winter of 2013 look to be even worse coming out of Mexico, where monarchs overwinter in the oyamel fir forests in the Mexican states of Michoacán and Mexico.
"Monarchs are the new canary in the coal mine," warns Cathy Downs of Comfort, an accomplished Texas Master Naturalist who spends most of her days spreading the dire news of the monarch's plight to adults and schoolchildren alike. "It's very possible that although monarchs may not become extinct in our lifetime, we could lose the migration."
One of Downs' mentors and one of the most respected voices in the Texas monarch community is retired cardiovascular surgeon Kip Kiphart, who lives just outside Boerne and travels the state lecturing on Danaus plexippus and providing monarch training. On a chilly, mid-October morning at the historical peak of the fall monarch migration, the affable naturalist joined a handful of volunteers for a butterfly count at Guadalupe River State Park led by Hensley. Texas plays a key role in the life cycle of the monarch, the official state insect of Texas. Both the fall and spring migrants of the monarch population east of the Rockies funnel through the heart of the state on their way to and from central Mexico's Transvolcanic Mountains.
"Hard freezes down in the wintering grounds in 2002 caused a huge loss of monarchs, which roost at 10,000 to 12,000 feet, in what is typically a dry season," Kiphart explains. "Monarchs can tolerate temperatures down to 18 degrees if it's dry, but if it's raining and the mercury drops to below 32 degrees, they can freeze to death. That's what happened."
Over the next two hours at the state park, the intrepid group made its way from the riverside to a portion of a restored 230-acre native prairie. The former mountain cedar patch now sports a diverse array of wildflowers and dozens of native antelope horn milkweed. Milkweed serves as the sole plant species upon which monarchs lay their eggs and upon which their offspring feed.
The morning's resulting tally included a number of different butterfly species (Texas has 450 species), but only one monarch that Kiphart spied through binoculars hitchhiking with a flock of kettling white pelicans winging south. Kiphart pointed out that by this time the previous year, he had already "tagged" 800 monarchs, but could claim only 97 taggings this time.
Fred Urquhart of the University of Toronto first experimented in 1937 with tagging monarchs to try to track their movements. Today, hundreds of Texans net monarchs to attach an adhesive, dime-sized tag printed with a unique number to the butterfly's hind wing. Those who find one of the tagged monarchs (in Mexico, it brings a $5 bounty) can call an 800-number or go online to report their find to Monarch Watch, a monitoring organization.
Longtime monarch researcher Lincoln Brower of Sweet Briar College in Virginia attributes the monarch decline of the past few years primarily to severe weather, but the overriding consensus of opinion points to habitat loss as the most insidious, long-term culprit. Native grasslands in Canada and the Midwest are being planted with soybean and corn - mostly genetically modified, herbicide-tolerant crops. Corn grown for ethanol production is also helping drive the loss of habitat. Sixty percent of the grassland ecosystem's milkweed has been wiped out because of the introduction of herbicide-tolerant crops and conversion of land to biofuel crops.
California hosts a separate population of monarchs, which spend winters clustered in eucalyptus trees and Monterrey oaks and pines along the coast. There, the removal of aging trees and ongoing development are accelerating habitat loss. In the U.S., 6,000 acres a day fall victim to urban sprawl and development.
In Mexico, habitat destruction resulting from illegal logging, crop burning and fragmentation of monarch overwintering sites for subsistence farming continues to take its toll. While the Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve, a World Heritage Site, boasts official protection status, the land is divided into more than 100 private properties (many of them ejidos, or communal agricultural lands), complicating management issues and fragmenting conservation efforts. Water diversion from overwintering forests and a high number of tourists also degrade monarch habitat. Biological impacts, such as mistletoe infestations in Mexico's host trees, butterfly parasites and disease, also add to the volatile mix of negative developments affecting the iconic insect.
What is it about the monarch in particular - one of the world's 20,000 butterfly species - that commands such awe and respect?
"It's no one thing," suggests Mike Quinn, a former TPWD invertebrate biologist also known as the "butterfly guy."
graphic showing monarch butterfly on native Texas shrub evergreen sumac
"They're large, showy, easily identifiable insects whose seasonal appearance in your garden is fairly predictable. They're nationally and internationally acclaimed for their annual mass migrations and their mysterious navigational abilities."
Quinn, who has coordinated the Texas Monarch Watch since 2000 and hosts the online Austin Butterfly Forum, points out that because of the monarch's distinct metamorphoses (four changes in form) and unique migration, the species serves as a classic teaching model. Educators often use the monarch to teach biology, chemistry, physics, geography and other academic subjects.
In Mexican folklore, some indigenous peoples marveled at the seemingly magical appearance of the butterflies in their communities each fall and winter. The butterflies' annual arrival in alpine villages toward the end of October and first week of November, when Mexico celebrates the Day of the Dead (Nov. 2), led to a common belief that the monarchs were the returning souls of their ancestors.
Though most publicity centers on the fall migration, the returning spring flight north is also critical to the species' survival. Master Naturalist Downs notes that in the spring, monarchs migrate through Texas on three major flyways, "nectaring and laying eggs along the way." Successive generations make their way north, and it is the fourth generation of monarchs that makes it to the northernmost range in Canada and later migrates to Mexico.
On their northward journey, monarchs depend exclusively on about 30 different North American milkweed species, predominantly common milkweed (Asclepias syriaca), upon which to lay their eggs. Resulting larvae feed on the host milkweed. Emerging butterflies depend on various wildflowers, such as pentas, lantana and mistflower, for nectar on their northward journey to summer breeding sites. The leading edge of migrating monarchs typically begins reaching South and Southwest Texas in the first part of March, spreading into Central and North Texas later in the month and into April.
Monarch movement can be viewed on the Annenberg Foundation's Journey North website (www.journeynorth.org). The program involves 785,000 student observers at 29,500 sites across North America. A number of those volunteers maintain and monitor monarch "way stations." Butterfly gardens planted with nectar sources and, in some cases, milkweed can be found on both private property and public property such as schools and parks.

graphic showing monarch butterfly on migration. There are different Monarch migration routes, one goes directly over Bear Springs Blossom Nature Preserve in Texas
Monarchs migrate in the spring and fall, spending summers in the northern U.S. and Canada and winters in Mexico. In spring, monarchs lay eggs along the way. An egg hatches into a caterpillar, which later forms a chrysalis and emerges as a butterfly.
graphic showing monarch butterfly on BSB Nature preserve in Texas More than 6,000 way stations have been established in Texas. Many of those sites are involved in the nationwide Monarch Larva Monitoring Project begun in 1996. The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department offers a "Butterfly Garden" brochure with suggested nectar and host plants. Information about establishing a Texas wildscape that benefits all wildlife can be found by visiting Texas Parks and Wildlife Wildscapes
Milkweed, which is not an especially attractive plant, often succumbs to the garden hoe or highway department mower. Because milkweed contains a toxic compound absorbed by feeding monarch larvae, the emerging black, yellow and white striped caterpillars feeding on its foliage rarely become a meal for birds or other predators.
Planting milkweed is considered the most important step Texans can take to help monarchs. The three most common native milkweed species found in Texas are antelope horn, green antelope horn and zizotes. Challenging to propagate from seed, which is sold by a handful of Texas growers such as Native American Seed in Junction, milkweed has become commercially available as small plants in a few select nurseries. Consumers should be careful to make sure that the more readily available tropical milkweed and butterfly weed, with their attractive flower clusters, have not been sprayed recently with pesticides. This can be deadly to monarchs.
The real key to the survival of the miraculous monarch migration, however, lies with gaining an even better understanding of existing threats and sounding the clarion call about the creature's delicate dance on the edge of extinction. Those interested in learning more can attend lectures and workshops listed online by TPWD on the Texas state park events pages, the Texas Master Naturalists and various butterfly forums.
"If I can leave you with one message," inveterate monarch crusader Downs told attendees at last September's workshop in Kerrville, "it is this: Teach the children."

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BSB ocean conservation: Seas + oceans are essential for life on Earth - Earth oceans stabilize climate, humans need oceans food, oceans for water supply, ocean evaporation fills water aquifers, creeks, rivers. Bear Springs Blossom's international water management plan provides information on ocean water, protecting earth oceans. BSB nature conservation programs provide facts about ocean and sea water, ocean salinity, ocean water composition, how to reduce ocean pollution, science on water pollution of oceans, seas

conservation education online: oceans currents, as gulf stream, Humboldt current are essential for life on Earth - Earth's climate needs oceans currents, warm, cold clean water streams in Earth oceans provide humans with food. Bear Springs Blossom's international education program informs on ocean currents, facts about marine life, salinity issues, ocean water composition, ocean pollution, Conserving ocean currents

BSB education Physics: rainbows are sunlight refracted by raindrops. Physics, optics science classes explain why humans see rainbows - updated nature education for a higher education level, for better nature conservation understanding water facts

About AIR - Air Facts

Hurricanes

BSB Science education online lesson planning: air is essential for life on Earth - air pollution courses, about greenhouse gases, carbon dioxide, methane based on science. Bear Springs Blossom nature conservation’s international air pollution management program, air facts, healthy air conservation. Online classes: how to reduce air contaminants + air pollution, nature education about air, how much air humans need, healthy air's health benefits, about Earth's atmosphere, keep Nature beautiful with healthy air

conservation education online Chemistry: Global Dimming is one part of climate change. BSB Nature conservation acts on global dimming, because it is caused by air pollution. Causes: Burning fossil fuels fast in huge amounts. Air pollution facts: Mercury as a gas, poisoning Earth's atmosphere, mercury vapor circulates for up to a year. Photo-chemical oxidation starts becomes inorganic mercury combining with water vapors travelling back to Earth’s surface. Mercury can be in every rain drop, poisoning the soil, the creeks, and lakes. Mercury can converse by bacteria into insoluble mercury-sulfide or methyl-mercury.Visual particles reduces sunlight to hit Earth = global dimming = smog. Pollutants + aerosols cause human illnesses as asthma, heart disease, respiratory sickness, cancer, Parkinson, Alzheimer globally. Global action + global solutions: Fight global warming, climate change, global dimming

BSB science based conservation education lesson planning online Chemistry: air ingredient oxygen, essential for life on Earth. The oxygen cycle influences weather, climate, making life on Earth possible. Bear Springs Blossom nature conservation's education programs explain how important oxygen is, preserving life without protecting oxygen levels is the wrong solution

BSB Science about chemicals in air. Main ingredient of air is Nitrogen, essential for life on Earth. Nitrogen fertilizer helps crops feeding livestock to grow. Overuse of nitrogen fertilizer produces greenhouse gases, causing warmer climate. Nitrogen fertilizer washed into rivers, oceans causing algae bloom, killing marine life. Nature conservation education teaches responsible use of nitrogen fertilizer

BSB Science Chemistry: air ingredient greenhouse gases are chemicals released by burning fossil fuels. Nature conservation explains the need to balance greenhouse gases naturally. Unbalanced greenhouse gas harms all living beings, causes climate change, hunger, flood, drought problems

Bear Springs blossom Science based conservation education online: Highest CO2 levels: greenhouse gas CO2 carbon dioxide, an insulator in Earth's atmosphere trapping heat. CO2 causes warmer oceans, warmer temperatures, more hurricanes, violent weather Fight pollution, high carbon dioxide levels with nature education, lower CO2 levels through renewable energy. Protect Earth's environment: Air + water + land pollutants endanger future life on Earth. extreme carbon dioxide levels bring earth out of balance, destroying preservation

BSB science education online on Air ingredient Methane: a gas, natural to Earth. Methane is 21 times more potent as greenhouse gas, causing climate change, environmental changes, habitat loss. Conservation education science based programs teach sustainable development with reduced methane gas emissions to conserve nature

POISON

Mercury

BSB affordable Science education online: air ingredient Dioxin: Dioxins furans are highly toxic poisonous chemicals released by burning fossil fuels + plastic, smoking cigarettes. Nature conservation reduces dioxins with plastic burn bans, with recycling of plastics. Dioxins harm all living beings, can cause cancer, skin problems, birth defects

Nature Conservation education with energy savers: tips how to save money with better house insulation, why trees reduce energy usage, reduce storm impact, why green driving, energy efficient light bulbs. Energy saving knowledge to live in harmony with nature, keep nature beautiful with active nature conservation

Energy efficient
light-bulbs


Nature conservation = going green = save money = save Earth. Show responsibility, make more money, raise profits, show friends + customers: Care about nature, the future of coming generations. Going green: reduce air pollution + water contamination + violent storms + use of fossil fuels as oil, gas, coal

Green solutions

conservation education about waste + garbage + Hazardous waste: an international problem recycling can resolve partly. To prevent air water soil pollution + to protect natural resources, proper disposal is necessary. Get waste facts to reduce air pollution. Sustainability is conservation, care taking, showing responsibility

Nuclear Waste

BSB Nature preservation: more people use more plants, overpopulated cities produce less green = less carbon dioxide co2, more greenhouse gases, changing climate

Renewables

how does Solar energy work, solar panels, wind turbines, photovoltaic uses for your home. Solar power usage to reduce pollution. Sun powered generators produce clean renewable energy without climate change, without air pollution, water contamination, free clean energy from Earth's sun. International Bear Springs Blossom Nature conservation programs help to become more Eco-friendly, more sustainable

Solar facts: How to use solar energy, keep nature beautiful reducing greenhouse gases. Ask BSB before buying solar photovoltaic systems, Bear Springs Blossom Nature conservation solutions answer questions about solar energy, how to go solar. why use renewable energy? How solar energy works, solar wind energy, Photo-voltaic home uses. Residential Solar power systems, sun powered generators produce clean energy without changing climate, without producing air pollution + water contamination. Earth's sun provides clean renewable energy. Only international conservation + education, usage of renewable energy achieves sustainable environment, will reduce international global floods, droughts, hurricanes

internationally, solar water heating is practiced for centuries. Solar energy works! BSB volunteers use renewable solar energy, solar hot water panel, solar hot water collector to heat water for shower, kitchen; solar power heats up water heater, provides clean renewable energy for computer, TV, washing machine, without causing global warming + climate change. Sun heats water = saving money on electricity, live a more sustainable life

BSB is using photovoltaic. Solar electric panels work to provide electricity to freezer, computer, refrigerator. Solar energy permits life on Earth, solar energy, photovoltaic or photo voltaic electric panels or solar cells produce electricity for home. Solar power + sun powered generators produce clean energy without changing Earth's climate. Earth's sun provides enough energy = solar power to run appliances, enough energy to change climate + life on earth

Science Renewable energy: Wind power. Nature education Clean energy: how to use green wind power technology, residential windmill, wind turbine. Wind energy is part of Bear Springs Blossom international Eco friendly renewable energy program: how wind energy works, how using wind power lowers monthly electricity bills + conserves nature, living sustainable, sustainable living with nature conservation

Science Earth: geothermal energy uses the Earth's heat to lower energy costs, heating houses. Energy from Earth's crust is called geothermal, active nature conservation

Biomass - material from former living plants decaying giving warmth or energy without putting the carbon cycle out of balance helping nature conservation

Science Chemistry only education courses: Fuel cells are chemical devices reacting with different chemicals. Hydrogen fuel cells deliver electricity, producing water + clean energy. Environmentally friendly No greenhouse gases. Clean energy without putting earth carbon cycle out of balance

Rainforest
Tropical
Temperate


conservation of nature explained online: Change of colors in fall, autumn, using leaves for mulch. BSB Nature preserve offers environmental education classes, explains how + why leaves change colors in fall, autumn. See colored oaks, yellow cherry leaves, green juniper needles

Global statistics, Earth statistic, World statistic, world clock, statistics about Climate change, food supply, drinking water, air pollution, conservation efforts, carbon dioxide CO2 in tons, numbers of coming world climate, world weather changes, environmental issues. More people need more recycling, to reduce air pollution, water pollution, to secure healthy food

About fauna

BSB Science Nature conservation facts: Nature lovers + birders like Birding on birding trails with guided tours. Golden cheeked Warbler, Vireo, endangered birds breeding at preserve. See tanager, wren, mocking bird, tit mouse, native + migrating birds at BSB nature preservation area, learn nature conservation online + outdoors

Robins

Golden cheeked
Warbler


Cardinals

Hummingbird

Roadrunner

Cliff Swallows

Scrub Jay

Cedar Waxwing

US endangered
bird list


Bear Springs Blossom Nature Preserve home to birding, common birds, endangered birds, bird slide show, butterfly photos, online bird photos, guided birding, jays, robins, Cedar waxwing, swallows, Golden cheeked Warblers

nature conservation: knowledge about butterflies, to understand why butterflies nature's environmental balance. Help butterflies to survive, what kills a butterfly - nature conservation through education leads to higher butterfly survival ratesButterflies

Monarch butterfly

Nature education online: mosquito’s life cycle, understanding how a mosquito bites, why, how malaria spreads, how to prevent malaria disease. Balance nature to prevent illnesses = protect humans - better information reduces malaria


Mammals

Science based whale conservation with lectures + presentations + school classes online: BSB protects oceans, whales + dolphins from over-fishing to over-polluting seas. Oceans + seas stabilize climate, whales balance life in oceans, are endangered by greenhouse gas carbon dioxide. Nature conservation reduces climate change + air pollution internationally. Earth's ocean food chain needs whales, dolphins + porpoises. Earth oceans food for 1 billion humans

Nature conservation news: Black bears native to US. Black Bears, Latin Ursus americanus, Southern United States black bears remain in protected mountains, woodlands, parks, preserves. Bears who wander outside nature preserves to find new habitats are endangered

Science base conservation through history education to keep Nature beautiful: Before humans killed most Buffalo Latin bison bison, bison roamed on US prairies without overgrazing, conserving grass prairies. America's prairies were created by buffaloes, huge mammals, once food + living for Native Americans

Science base conservation through history education to keep Nature beautiful: Humans have endangered the life of many bats, killed many with pesticides and habitat loss

WHY save
endangered species?


Environmental conservation issue: Overgrazing destroys land, endangers Nature, causing climate change + global warming. Overgrazing is related to human health problems, overgrazed meadows reduce drinking water supply, multiply water contamination. Overgrazing causes soil erosion, destroys native plant food for wildlife, food supply for humans

Fossils

Geography

Conservation Science history: Native Americans lived for thousands years in Texas hunting along creeks + rivers. Arrowheads from different time periods, environmental knowledge in arrowhead shape, arrowhead material

About flora

BSB Conservation education is necessary to protect Texas wildflowers + native plants along BSB nature trails, birding trails, wilderness trails at Bear Springs Blossom Nature preserve, Hill Country Texas. BSB nonprofit provides environmental wildflower knowledge. See wild flowers, smell wildflowers with blue blossoms, white blossoms, tree blossoms, flowering native shrubs, red bud flowers + Madrone blossoms, mushrooms, fungi grow in varieties. BSB Nature conservation protects native plants, fungi needed to balance Nature. Science conservation education classes provided by Bear Springs Blossom Nature Conservation volunteers at BSB Texas Nature conservation center. Earth Star is a TX Native plant, indigenous plants. Earth star native habitat, starts growing without being planted. BSB Nature Preserve educates + protects native plants. Bear Springs Blossom Nature Conservation's nature preserve shows native plants + wildflowers along nature trails, birding trails. Salvia, tropical sage, cedar sage, all wild flowers, or native shrubs flowering, red to pink flowers; different wild flowers at BSB nature reserve. Take guided tours, become a master conservationist. Nature conservation protects Pearl Milk vine, Matelea reticulata, a twining vine growing on limestone. All native plant photos taken at Bear Springs Blossom Nature Preserve, TX

Tree tunnels

Salvias

Earth-Star

Native Plants

Pearl Vine

Mushrooms

Mexican Oak

Redbud

Madrone

Junipers

Mangroves

Bear Springs Blossom Nature Conservation's Nature preserve in Texas has different grasses along nature trails, mostly bunch grass. Texas native state grass side oats grama Bouteloua curtipendula reduces erosion, water pollution, healthy water for aquifers. Turf grasses are used worldwide to beautify a lawn, but most turf grasses are water wasters
BSB Grasses


Turf Grasses

Conservation education protects nature in Texas with many native plant varieties, native trees + wildlife endangered, solutions on nature preservation issues, restoration of Nature, conserve natural bird habitats, beautiful butterfly photos, Nature protection, updated nature education. Master Conservationist Peter Bonenberger + online educator Marianne Bonenberger published books, photo books, information brochures. Nature photos + text about Bear Springs Blossom Nature preserve, why protecting the environment, Bandera County history, overgrazing endangerment, Texas Hill Country native plants. Online books as BSB online education classes + programs. Definition: Nature Conservation: Nature: Earth's natural world. Conservation: maintain, protect, to keep alive. Volunteers of BSB nonprofit promote educational equity by providing environmental learning experiences for students, kids young + old
Bear Springs Blossom Nature Conservation volunteers take action on Climate change. Weather records broken, pollution records, violent climate, endangering all life. International Climate change threatens food supply, drinking water. Changing climate, caused by a growing world population emitting more greenhouse gases, changes quality of air, quality of life. Hurricanes destroy, damage peoples property, harm industry + environment. BSB nonprofit organization offers updated conservation education: energy savings solutions to worldwide climate change problems, advice on pollution + development, tips + help how to change climate change, to reduce emissions with better energy efficiency, reduce global temperatures, manage drought, floods, hurricanes. Climate change causes food shortages, violent weather, earthquakes, ocean pollution. Climate change, greenhouse gases put all humans at risk

No matter what
future

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you are much
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be ready for it!

Peter Bonenberger + Marianne Bonenberger, Master conservationists, giving lecture for international audience
BSB nature education is science based, always updated, best views with an open mind. Master Conservationist Peter Bonenberger + science teacher + conservationist Marianne Bonenberger published many booklets, videos, information brochures. Online photo books provide personal info. Read online book, take quiz, see video, learn why to protect Earth's environment. Definition Nature Conservation: Nature means Earth's natural world. Conservation is to maintain, to protect, to keep alive


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about us: BSB international charitable nonprofit organization 501(c)(3) Bear Springs Blossom Nature Conservation. Main office + Nature preserve Pipe Creek, Texas Hill Country. Founders Peter Bonenberger + Marianne Bonenberger, Vice president Bob Taylor, secretary Karen Taylor, international treasurer Erhard Gold. Start to think and half of the work is done. Have courage! Use your brain. Sapere Aude for individual liberty + knowledge. American Declaration = Sapere Aude = philosophy of Enlightenment, worldwide education + conservation programs. World Humans need solid nature education. Master Conservationists understand Nature, solve problems, offer solutions to world climate change, natural resources, worldwide air pollution, greenhouse gases, water ocean contamination + soil erosion, worldwide health problems

Science educator Marianne Bonenberger + Peter Bonenberger, Master conservationists + Award winners, category outreach + education. Peter Bonenberger + Marianne Bonenberger are lecturers using photos, video clips, nature sounds, personal engagement. Lectures why oceans need protection, lectures why to save rain forests, history lectures, clean air, drinking water, learning from history, geology. College lectures about sustainability, science classes to secure healthy air + water, why to recycle. With Bear Springs Blossom Nature conservation distant learning, online education + master conservationist certificate you become an expert on Nature conservation helping humans to handle coming global changes

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BSB conservation education religion: fractals in Nature
WHAT did God say?


Protect Creation
with Education


Why Nature conservation?

BSB educating volunteers with science based conservation education programs and classes: The life blood of Bear Springs Blossom Nature Conservation international charitable nonprofit organization. Volunteers donate time to help with articles, public relations, volunteer to maintain websites, providing international nature education for people all over earth. Volunteering for BSB nonprofit group has no boundaries, no physical requirements. Volunteer! BSB needs YOU!

BSB conservation education international is part of Bear Springs Blossom worldwide volunteer education program: How does Nature work? Definition conservation education. Update your knowledge with BSB maps, BSB recycling information, BSB ocean education, BSB pollution facts. Learn online how to take action, reducing air pollution, how to keep Nature beautiful, how to avoid wildfires, where does oxygen come from, what are greenhouse gases. Online courses explain how to solve global problems like climate change, air pollution, global warming, water contamination, soil erosion, benefits of recycling, what is recycling, how to save money with recycling, why to obey the laws of nature. Good international online conservation education helps to understand nature, nature conservation knowledge prepares for coming environmental changes + challenges as food shortages, scarce unhealthy drinking water, climate change. Peter Marianne Bonenberger give lectures, fun-filled multimedia presentations to show why + how to secure Earth's Nature + to get a better life for humans

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To have updated conservation education news is more important than ever. Start your online class, get a part of environmental understanding to see the big picture. Understand how life works, how to have a better life, how to keep nature beautiful

Nature photography to learn understand nature: Photos of BSB Nature preserve, Texas Hill Country, maintained by Bear Springs Blossom Nature Conservation. Nature outdoor learning Center: BSB Nature Preserve, Nature Center education: native plants, native trees, native grasses. Nature conservation through education, erosion control, land restoration, riparian conservation. BSB Mission: Updated nature knowledge through guided tours, outdoor classes. Earth protection equals human protection. Bear Springs Blossom Nature Conservation active water conservation, environmental recycling issues, preserving natural landscapes, conserve flora, fauna. Nature conservation through nature education, live sustainable, reduce greenhouse gases. Photos of nature can help to understand life on Earth, to see how nature works, to have a better life. Nature on Earth was beautiful; Nature was in balance, intact food-chain for all animals, native wildlife, flora + fauna. Enjoy BSB photo slide shows, learn how to Keep Nature beautiful, natural beauty all around the globe. Update your nature education, see why, what to protect, conserve, preserve, take care of
Nature Photos

BSB Science based conservation education: Conserve children's, grand-children's future, with breathable air, healthy drinking water, good climate, with preserving natural resources with recycling, without violent weather, storms, floods. Nature conservation: Reduce air + water pollution, reduce co2 levels, lower the impact of global warming + climate change to keep Nature beautiful for a better life

Online conservation through conservation education. Soil conservation: prevention of soil eroding. Soil conservation avoids soil chemical alteration, salty soil, acidification, chemical soil contamination, soil blown by wind, washed by floods. Soil conservation strategies: vegetative cover, erosion prevention, soil salinity management, soil acidity control, conservation is beneficial to soil organisms, remediation of soil contamination, soil mineralization. Soil conservation to secure food supply + drinking water

Nature conservation through nature education online offers courses, classes on how to fight erosion, reduce land and ocean pollution. Uncontrolled erosion endangers all life. Erosion threatens food supply, drinking water, quality of air. Nature education on erosion reduces destructive development, tips + help how to control erosion

Erosion facts: Mulching is Nature conservation: organic or inorganic mulch fights erosion, protects HIS creation. Mulch to lower or increase pH. Biomatter = mulch for water conservation, to reduce international air pollution, water pollution


BSB Environment quizzes test common knowledge about nature conservation related environmental questions, conservation of energy, Nature quiz questions green transportation, soil conservation, water conservation. Environmental quiz to save energy + the natural environment. Bird quiz to identify birds. Environment pollution: recycling quiz. Quiz answers to update Nature know how, conservation education. Get facts on environmental issues
BSB Quizzes


BSB Quiz about water + water facts, quiz question how much water weighs, water environment chemistry, water in Earth oceans, in human bodies, how to conserve water. Why healthy drinking water, identify water pollution, nature quiz for nature conservation questions

Bird Quiz photos Texas Hill Country birds - answer bird-name + specification, quiz to identify birds, recognize backyard wildlife. Conservation education: bird identifying quiz questions

BSB flower blossom Quiz: photos from wildflowers protected by nature conservation, identify that flower, quizzes help to identify native plants by their blossom, recognize state flowers, tropical flowers quiz questions

BSB Environment Quiz: Environment facts, why to get green, why conservation, how save Earth, environment friendly quiz questions. Distant learning with quiz answers to natural environmental problems
Environment Quiz


BSB environment Quiz: Recycling facts, why how to recycle, why recycling is important, recycle and save natural resources, how recycling saves money. Recycling paper + card board, glass + plastic, electronics + cars, reused = recycled = environmental friendly quiz questions, Environment quiz: Question + answers, solutions to environments

Art online inspires minds, art to understand environmental problems, art beauty of nature. Art forms to understand nature conservation, nature is art. A great plan produces art = living beings. Bear Springs Blossom Nature Conservation members Marianne Bonenberger, Karen Taylor express feelings of intact beautiful Nature with art photography, articles + artistic music
Art in Nature


Nature conservation through worldwide education programs offer arguments why to care, understanding what happens on Earth, how nature works, how to solve global problems, how to keep Nature beautiful. BSB conservation education protects life, offers Nature facts based on science, updated knowledge, how to protect water supplies is part of conservation education classes online. Join international nonprofit Bear Springs Blossom nature conservation organization to protect Earth's environment, to understand global issues, to save money. Conservation education information how to conserve our world, to reduce greenhouse gases with science based education. How to prepare for coming changes + challenges, severe weather, floods, storms, rising food prices, breaking weather records. Learn to protect rivers, oceans. Physics Chemistry Science Energy: energy conservation is strongly needed to secure life on Earth, Renewable energy production to reduce air pollution, water contamination, endangering future existence. Keep Nature beautiful with updated science knowledge. Protect earth creating a sustainable environment. Research on sustainability, water conservation, air pollution. Conservation education with definition of conservation based on science. Be Eco-friendly + protect your future, show responsibility. Get environmental news, international science reports online. Global Science of Nature conservation = chemistry, physics, biology. Global issues: Declining World species, global biodiversity endangered, international air pollution + droughts + floods; reduced life support by food shortages, higher food prices, Energy conservation. Global Nature facts explain global issues threatening all humans, animals, wildlife, plants. Keep Nature beautiful understanding each global issue. Nature conservation = an affordable solution. To keep Nature beautiful BSB provides solutions backed up by pollution facts, water conservation, recycling = conservation, energy conservation

BSB updated conservation education for lesson plans, for planning a school lesson, for academic disciplines. Environmental science, Earth science, botany, zoology, history. Nature conservation is a global issue. Interdisciplinary science news on, how nature and life works, can reduce water + air pollution. BSB gives pollution solutions, provides facts on pollution, facts about recycling, water facts, air facts, greenhouse gas info, global climate pollution data, needed to keep nature beautiful


International Nature education is part of Bear Springs Blossom worldwide education program: How does Nature work? Definition Nature education. Learn online how to take action. Online courses explain how to solve global problems: climate change, air pollution, global warming, greenhouse gases, water contamination, soil erosion. Good international online Nature education courses to understand environmental habitats of nature. Nature conservation knowledge prepares for coming environmental changes + challenges

Conservation knowledge solutions to have a better life: international nature education environmental news, personal advice. Bear Springs Blossom Nature conservation's worldwide education programs offers understanding, how nature works, why take action, solve global problems: climate change, global warming, global violent weather, international air pollution, water contamination, soil erosion. Nature Conservation based on science, sustainability, eco friendly life style. Save Earth's environment with better knowledge, more know how to reduce the extinction of life


WHY Education?

Science education
Marianne Bonenberger


Why trees are
so important!

BSB Geology education online: science of earth rocks. Geology, the Cretaceous period, Jurassic, continental plates. Warm shallow oceans teaming with sea life producing lime. Geology explains movements of tectonic plates, earthquakes, types of volcanoes, mountain ridges, geological forces. Why do mountains + volcanoes exist is topic of BSB conservation education lessons + workshops
Geology


BSB geology of Earth Pangaea, Gondwana, geological names when all continents were together
Pangaea


Philosophy

Sapere Aude!

Famous Men

Human Heart

Human Brain

Human Blood

Skeleton

internet classes Biology + chemistry: How does the human heart, the human brain work? What special liquid is blood? Why do mammals have a skeleton? Endangered health by contaminated food, by free radicals, contaminated blood. Chemicals, pesticides, fungicides, dioxins enter food + water supply containing mercury, lead, perchlorate, antibiotics, hormones. Online facts about diets, weight loss, antioxidants, healthy food, unpolluted drinking water, conserving Nature strengthens human health. Science Biology: Nature education explains how the human body works, how the skeleton protects, science explains how the heart pumps blood + supports the life of living beings

Environmental values: value of forest, cost of a tree wound, price of old trees. How much value of land, physical value of land resources, how much costs healthy water, price of good air? How much will climate change + global warming cost? What price to put on human health? Why recycling lowers prices conserving natural resources. International Nature conservation courses educate on values, price, costs of better health, happiness, put a price tag on beautiful Nature
What's the value of
an old tree?
clean air?
healthy water
human health?


Environmental online conservation education on how to fight pollution, how to lower human impact on earth. How to conserve water? Online classes explain environmentally friendly energy consumption, how to save money with insulation, green driving, solar energy, passive solar, led lights. International Nature conservation provides facts, answers + solutions

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More Photos

BSB-Info

Nature Center

BSB mission

Wildflowers
wildlife
Native plants


Former NASA employees support Bear Springs Blossom Nature Conservation. Robert Taylor, Vice president, BSB Master Conservationist. NASA studies: understand air pollution, climate change, environmental disasters. NASA's space satellites information on Geology, earth maps, record heat, record wildfires, record water shortages, record ice melting. NASA's scientists: how climate change + pollution changes life on earth = destroying Earth. NASA science news video + photos

BSB Science: robots help humans. Robonaut 2 accompanies astronauts. Medicinal robots help humans, do robot surgery. Garden robots mow lawns, reduce water consumption, pesticide use, reduce energy use, providing a healthier environment in buildings. Robots help businesses Going green with reduced air pollution, water contamination, less oil

join BSB nature conservation nature education group for distance learning. Online education courses how to prepare for coming changes. BSB nonprofit organization protects all living beings on Earth with conservation education, water conservation, soil conservation, pollution education, recycling education. Outdated conservation education information will not help to secure good drinking water, healthy air, affordable food. With nature conservation + online conservation education BSB international does research on environmental news, science reports, publishing research, giving personal advice. Good conservationists update their environmental education online with BSB

Bear Springs Blossom Nature Preserve, Bandera County, Texas Hill Country. Photos + pictures: see native plants, native trees, as Spanish oaks, Escarpment cherry, lacey oak, Texas persimmons, mountain laurel, native grasses, little bluestem, bushy bluestem, native Indian grass, lindheimers muhly. Preserve Nature: use erosion control, create beautiful landscapes where flora, fauna will flourish, people animals all life is preserved

Experience active native Conservation: vacation + volunteering Texas Hill Country: San Antonio, parks, natural areas, nature preserves, birding, river walk, hiking, biking, favorites for visitors. TX Hill Country guided nature tours, conservation education classes

History of Bandera, about Bandera County Texas Hill Country. Bandera cowboy capital of the world. Urban sprawl endangers beautiful landscape of Bandera County, TX Hill Country natural areas + parks. Medina river water table lower, well problems

All about Bandera TX
Cowboys
River + Parks


Bear Springs Blossom Nature preserve has twelve nature trails, four birding trails - published in Texas Parks Wildlife Heart of Texas Nature Birding trail map. Nature Center lecture room offers knowledge about nature preservation, about wilderness, conservation trails, geology, what to expect on guided tours. Texas outdoors, hiking, birding, gaining knowledge with presentations, lectures while walking wilderness trails, birding trails

Photos San Antonio TX, famous river walk, Alamo, missions, San Antonio Texas close to Bear Springs Blossom Nature Preserve

Photography lessons: Nature photos Texas Hill Country. Photos of native plants, cacti, native grasses, blossoms pictures, wildflowers photos. Experience beautiful Nature with BSB photos, nature photos, impressions of native plants, common wildflowers, wild flowers conserved by nature conservation

BSB Conservation education leads to active human preservation: international charitable nonprofit organization Bear Springs Blossom Nature conservation members protect nature, take action on air pollution, water contamination, erosion control, solve international environmental problems, provide nature education, solutions to pollution, climate change, global warming. Online learning to keep Nature beautiful, to have a better life. Join to protect your family! BSB international tackles climate change + global warming. International nature conservation to conserve endangered species, native wildlife. Changing world climate endangers life. Humans + mammals on endangered species list. Join international nonprofit group to create a better future for humans on Earth, with healthy food, less floods, less droughts, affordable basic produce

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