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
As you can imagine I am very excited about this project. If you would like to help in anyway contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. 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
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
Summer of 1986, Alpine, Texas Kevin Costner was coming to the Big Bend to make a movie and the producers of "Fandango" needed a live owl. Becky Smith, the bus driver for the longest school bus route in the United States, from Terlingua to Alpine, had given me a Great Horned Owl that she had found … Continue reading The Fandango Owl
Last month I was blessed in having the opportunity to meet the River and the Wall feature documentary team in Austin. I spent two days with Ben Masters, Hillary Pierce, Austin Alvarado, and Jay Kleberg sharing everything I knew about Big Bend National Park and the long proposed US International Park with Mexico. I … Continue reading The River and the Wall
If I was a parent I would be speaking out daily to elected officials and the rest of the country about how dangerous it is to be a student in America and how they need to be protected from gun violence. Today Emma Gonzalez, a student and survivor of the Parkland, Florida, bravely and with all … Continue reading Fight for their lives!
Photo credit - copyright - J. N. Stuart, Merriam's Kangaroo Rat (Dipodomys merriami) by Rick LoBello One of the least known desert wildlife families living in the Chihuahuan Desert and right here in El Paso are the nocturnal rodents. The group includes kangaroo rats, cactus mice, pack rats and cotton rats. The Merriam kangaroo rat is … Continue reading Meet the kangaroo rat
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
by Rick LoBello The El Paso Sierra Club Return the Wolf to Texas Education Initiative is seeking volunteers to help educate and involve school children in efforts to save critically endangered Mexican wolves. The historic range of the Mexican wolf included El Paso. It was 46 years ago in December that the last two wild … Continue reading Take a stand for wolves in Texas
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
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!
Discover your sleepy neighbors, the ones who spend most of their lives underground. Male red-spotted toad calling on all female toads in West El Paso, Texas. Photo by Rick LoBello Ever wonder why the desert seems so barren with few animals in sight? It is not because they do not exist; after all you … Continue reading Discover your sleepy neighbors
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
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
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
Many people in El Paso were saddened last week by the loss of a great friend and Conservation Ambassador Extraordinaire, Takota the Golden Eagle. Takota no doubt reached more people for conservation in our community than any other animal in recent memory. He went to schools and appeared before thousands at football games, community events … Continue reading It was so great to know you
Thirty years ago, on this day, December 26, 1985, my hero Dian Fossey was killed in her cabin at the Karisoke Research Center in Rwanda. I devoted an entire chapter to her life in my book Guide to Rwanda’s Volcanoes National Park: Home to Critically Endangered Mountain Gorillas available on Amazon.com in softcover and on Kindle. … Continue reading Remembering my hero – Dian Fossey – 1932-1985
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
Wolves have been missing from the wilds of Texas now for nearly 45 years. We have been successful in helping them return to the wild in places like western New Mexico and Yellowstone National Park where the benefits to the ecosystem and people working in the ecotourism industry have been astronomical. How about … Continue reading Imagine seeing a wild wolf in Texas!
Golden Eagle in the Franklin Mountains by Rick LoBello Watch the video The Franklin Mountains Wilderness Coalition has launched a new "We the People" petition for everyone to sign calling upon our leaders to work together in saving what remains of the lower elevations of the Franklin Mountains in El Paso. Everyone can be part … Continue reading We the people want preserved all of the undeveloped land…