Go for the snow this winter

Snow Geese at Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge by Rick LoBello Happy Holidays everyone.  It’s a wonderful time of year and I am making plans for another trip to my favorite winter spot near El Paso – Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge in New Mexico.   Last year I made a little video about … Continue reading Go for the snow this winter

Tree of Hopes

A little over a year ago I realized something about myself that I knew was there, but for a long time was hidden from view.   As a wildlife conservationist working all of my adult life in National Parks and now the El Paso Zoo, I have always focused on my job and on related environmental … Continue reading Tree of Hopes

President George H.W. Bush

I was greatly inspired this week when I watched America remember a great president like President George H.W. Bush.   With all the negative news and stories about President Trump, I only wish we had a president like President Bush today.  Like so many American's I believe that President Trump wants to be a good President, … Continue reading President George H.W. Bush

El Paso Zoo to Partner with Big Bend National Park on Wildlife Conservation

As you can imagine I am very excited about this project.   If you would like to help in anyway contact me at lobellorl@elpasotexas.gov.   To learn more about the park I posted a blog on my iloveparks.com site.    EL PASO, Texas – The El Paso Zoo (zoo) will be piloting a Zoo-Park partnership with Big … Continue reading El Paso Zoo to Partner with Big Bend National Park on Wildlife Conservation

Don’t miss Parts Unknown this Sunday

Anthony Bourdain was one of my all time favorite TV show personalities.  I loved the way he told stories of his food adventures from around the world.  I had hoped to meet him someday thinking that he might come to El Paso like in 2013 when he visited Las Cruces filming an episode on New … Continue reading Don’t miss Parts Unknown this Sunday

Thank you Representative Svarzbein

My city representative is Peter Svarzbein.  With all the bad news about climate change coming out of our nations capital, I was heartened to hear the news of how people like French President Emmanuel Macron and other world leaders responded with displeasure to President Trump's decision to withdraw the US from the Paris Climate Agreement. Today … Continue reading Thank you Representative Svarzbein

For the love of cacti

Haystack cactus (Echinocereus stramineus), often confused with the strawberry cactus, (Echinocereus enneacanthus) in Big Bend National Park, by Rick LoBello When I worked at Big Bend National Park I spent much of my time studying the desert plants that surrounded my home at Panther Junction.   My favorite was the large mound forming strawberry cactus commonly called pitaya.   … Continue reading For the love of cacti

Let’s return the wolf to Texas!

Mexican Wolves courtesy Larry Bohlin of Bohlin Creative 2015 For the sake of wilderness and our ecosystem, a growing number of people believe that the Mexican wolf should be given the chance to reclaim its rightful role in the Chihuahuan Desert of West Texas. Please tell Texas Parks and Wildlife to support wolf-reintroduction efforts Imagine … Continue reading Let’s return the wolf to Texas!

Meet the Common Raven

On a recent trip to Bosque Del Apache National Wildlife Refuge in New Mexico, I found this Common Raven alongside the road near the main flight deck.  Perhaps it was eating something dead nearby that was hidden in the vegetation. When I look at this wonderful creature I am reminded of how much I love … Continue reading Meet the Common Raven