We rely heavily on the giving nature of volunteers. Opportunities to volunteer can be as simple as general trail maintenance, or as involved as offering expertise in the sciences. For the larger school groups, enthusiastic volunteers greatly enhance our efforts to share the love of Mother Nature. All volunteer hours are accepted through the Texas Master Naturalist and Texas Master Gardener programs. Contact volunteer coordinator Ann Cook to learn more.
Work is at all levels — some heavy lifting and for those just wanting a day out in the elements, cedar always needs to be cut! During most months we have a regular “Fourth Monday” where volunteers can come put in a few hours on our trails. Days begin at 8 a.m. and usually end around lunch.
Trail Guides and Naturalists
Help with school groups. You do not need to have vast scientific knowledge — just enthusiasm to share with children. Nature trail training is provided by Bamberger Ranch staff.
Have a Specialty?
Are you an astronomer? There are times we could use help providing star gazing programs for school groups that spend the night. Wildlife rehabilitators are welcome to release rehabilitated critters and share their knowledge with tour groups and school groups.
Three times a year birders from all over Texas gather to count birds at Selah. The purpose for these counts is to document the variety of birds found on this scenic central Texas ranch.
We gather the evening before the count at the ranch’s Center for a potluck meal and lively conversation. Often we go out in search of night birds. At sunrise on the day of the count we assemble in teams and head out to different sections of the ranch and count all of the birds that we see and hear. By noon we reconvene at the center and run a tally of the day’s birds.
Counts are held during the fall, winter and spring. The highest diversity occurs usually in the spring, which also is highlighted by the arrival of two special Central Texas birds, the Golden-cheeked Warbler and the Black-capped Vireo.
Organized by Marsha May, a Texas Parks and Wildlife Department biologist. Audubon Society birders, birding enthusiasts, beginners and experts are all welcome. Space is limited and all reservations are taken by Marsha May.
Other Areas Where You Can Get Involved
You can assist with herbarium collections, GIS monitoring, or perhaps you have other ways you might like to contribute to the Selah effort. While Ann Cook can best coordinate your volunteer interest with the needs of the ranch, if you are a specialist in an area of biological sciences and would like to help with on-going research projects, please contact Jared Holmes.