Looking forward to Desert Conference

My 45-year journey in the Chihuahuan Desert began in 1975 when I was hired as a park ranger naturalist in Big Bend National Park.  My greatest joy ever since has been helping people connect with and appreciate this part of our world.  Today as the Education Curator of the El Paso Zoo I am working … Continue reading Looking forward to Desert Conference

“Half of all land must be kept in a natural state to protect Earth”

What will El Paso do when there is no more land to develop?by Rick LoBello All over El Paso and the surrounding area developers are on the move building new roads, shopping centers and housing areas.  These projects are making life a little easier for those of us who drive back and forth to work … Continue reading “Half of all land must be kept in a natural state to protect Earth”

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!

900,000 reasons why we need to protect the lower elevations of the Franklins

Red-spotted Toad by Rick LoBello The vast majority of people living in El Paso can easily see that every minute of every day more and more of our natural landscape it going under the blade of the bulldozer to make way for new roads, build more Walmart’s and more.   I am all in favor of progress, … Continue reading 900,000 reasons why we need to protect the lower elevations of the Franklins

The Earth does not belong to us: we belong to the Earth

All across America and around the world a growing number of people are getting involved with global conservation.  In response to information they hear and see on radio and TV and from print and social media, people of all ages are signing up to help protect our only home, planet earth.   They share in common … Continue reading The Earth does not belong to us: we belong to the Earth

Biodiversity of the Castner Range

Scaled Quail or Cotton-Top Quail by Ken Steiner. Earlier this week someone said on the Castner Range FaceBook page (facebook.com/castnerrange) that they wanted to know more about the animals living in their natural habitat within the Castner Range.    They also wanted to know more about endangered species that were present and who could help best … Continue reading Biodiversity of the Castner Range