Greetings from the Tree of Hopes shelter in Anapra. The shelter is located in far northwest Juárez, about 5 miles due west as a crow flies of our new meeting place at the Mesa Street Grill. Thanks to Robert Holguin of K-Fox and his special report earlier this summer we have recently received over a dozen … Continue reading Water system expert needed at shelter in Juarez
Aerial image of the mountains of Afghanistan, Wikimedia Creative Commons Afghanistan refugees arriving at Fort Bliss are some of the lucky ones. Now they have a second chance at a better life. If you would like to help them here is some information on what you can do. Some donation items include: Clothing - NEW … Continue reading How you can help Afghanistan refugees in El Paso
The El Paso Zoo and Botanical Gardens Conservation Education Program is recruiting volunteers to work with our Education Team both virtually and at the Zoo. This program is designed to help the Zoo accomplish its mission in support of important zoo goals including (1) providing excellent, expert, and compassionate care for our animals, (2) actively … Continue reading Sign up to be a conservation volunteer at the Zoo
These are portraits of the 23 victims killed in the Aug. 3, 2019, Walmart mass shooting in El Paso. They were painted by Appalachian artist Ellen Elmes. I grew up during the Civil Rights movement and remember turning on the TV and hearing the news about Martin Luther King being assassinated and not long after … Continue reading White supremacy
Many Americans have friends from Afghanistan. I am one of them. Countless others have friends from the time they served in the military, working in the country for NGOs or simply becoming friends with people from Afghanistan who have immigrated to the US or other parts of the West. As we watch the fall of … Continue reading Scared to death
Judy Chidester worked for the State Department in Rwanda where she met Dian Fossey and was invited to her cabin at Karisoke to help rescue a baby mountain gorilla. I love telling the story of Judy Chidester. Years ago when I was working on my book on the mountain gorillas Judy and I met at … Continue reading Meet Judy Chidester
Many of us know how much plastic bags are harming the environment and many cities trying to make a difference have been shut down by the Texas Supreme Court. On July 2, 2018 the Texas Supreme Court recognized that state law forbids cities from imposing their waste management duties and costs on citizens and retailers. … Continue reading What is a city to do?
FREE special Zoom presentations May 8 and June 5 - Register Soon Not everyone who writes a book about mountain gorillas makes it on the recommended reading list of the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund. Writing Guide to Rwanda's Volcanoes National Park, Home to Critically Endangered Mountain Gorillas was a labor of love and during the … Continue reading They lived with mountain gorillas
Silverback mountain gorilla at Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda by Rick LoBello by Rick LoBello All around the world people are working to save endangered species and our environment. Many of them are inspired by their visits to zoos. That is what happened to me when I was 4 years old and my mother joined me … Continue reading Following a dream to the land of the mountain gorilla
Everyone has stories. Some stories are happy, some are sad, others are funny, informative, motivating and still others give us something we all need every day, hope. This is a story of hope. Frederick Ndabaramiye is from Rwanda and we know each other only from emails, but we have a mutual friend in Jeff Ramsey … Continue reading A story of hope: from Rwanda to the rest of the world
Sunset on the Arctic. I welcome your feedback, questions and suggestions on this very important topic. Click here to contact me. If you are not actively involved in combatting climate change you are either not aware of how serious the threat is to our quality of life or don't know what do to. To be … Continue reading What are you doing about climate change?
A lot of people living in the United States and around the world are having a hard time sleeping. So much is happening and so fast and we fear for what tomorrow may bring. Friends and family have succumb to Covid, people are out of work and we have a new President with probably more … Continue reading My hope
The Chisos Mountains from near the Terlingua Ghost Town. Background Big Bend National Park was first officially proposed on February 16, 1935 when Texas Senator Morris Sheppard wrote a letter to President Franklin D. Roosevelt suggesting a protected area of international scope in the Big Bend area. Roosevelt was a strong advocate for the proposal … Continue reading Can we realize Roosevelt’s dream for a transboundary conservation area by developing a plan for a sustainable future?
“First 100-Days Challenge” Delivered to New Administration The vast list of damaging environmental policy changes enacted without congressional approval by the Trump administration is about to get major attention from the conservation community. According to a just-released campaign by the Rewilding Institute (TRI) called “Healing Nature’s Wounds,” endorsed by a significant list of national environmental … Continue reading Conservationists push for quick reversal of damaged environmental rules
The bison in the Yellowstone Park bison herd are American bison of the Plains bison subspecies. Yellowstone National Park may be the only location in the United States where free-ranging bison were never extirpated, since they continued to exist in the wild and were not re-introduced, as has been done in most other bison herd … Continue reading This is where I want to be right now and its SNOWING!!!!
American beaver swimming in a small canal west of the Montoya - Meadowlark intersection in the Upper Valley On June 25 distinguished El Paso biologist, Dr. Ad Konings, went birding at the El Paso Country Club and found a beaver in a small canal west of the Montoya - Meadowlark intersection. As he approached this … Continue reading Who will speak out the American beaver in El Paso?
Over the past few years I have been involved with international efforts to help call attention to the plight of the rarest marine mammal on earth, the vaquita porpoise. This beautiful sea creature from the Sea of Cortez is so rare, and its future so much in doubt, that the species could go extinct at … Continue reading Last chance to save the vaquita
Rock squirrel by Rick LoBello by Rick LoBello, Education Curator Everyone of us living on the planet needs biodiversity and ecosystem services to function. Biodiversity provides the world’s supply of oxygen, clean air and water, pollination of plants, pest control, wastewater treatment and many other ecosystem services. As a result we need to be informed … Continue reading The Franklin Mountains are rich in biodiversity
Big Bend National Park is one of the best places in the world where you might see a mountain lion while driving through the park or hiking. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dFrGNx1tuQs Special thanks to Dion Recachina who I met over 30 years ago at a Cooperating Associations Conference for all his help in making this film a reality. … Continue reading Big Bend, a moment in history