Easy to overlook, this little bird is really special

Black-throated Sparrow by Mick Thompson, Wikimedia Commons. I bet that most people hiking the trails in parks like Franklin Mountains State Park and on the Lost Dog Trail have no idea that they have been walking past this little bird for years.   Listen to the sounds of the Black-throated Sparrow and tell me if you … Continue reading Easy to overlook, this little bird is really special

Juno and Savannah, conservation ambassadors for elephants around the world

Savannah at the El Paso Zoo. For nearly 70 years Asian elephants have been an important part of the El Paso Zoo.   As the zoo evolved over time and the fate of elephants in the wild became more perilous, it was critical that as an institution we raised the conservation bar and started to get … Continue reading Juno and Savannah, conservation ambassadors for elephants around the world

We can welcome bugs to our backyards

The mission of the El Paso Zoo is to celebrate the value of animals and natural resources and to create opportunities for people to rediscover their connections to nature.  One of the easiest ways to rediscover that connection is in your backyard.   If you are living in an apartment complex and don't have a backyard, … Continue reading We can welcome bugs to our backyards

16th Annual Chihuahuan Desert Virtual Fiesta

Bullsnake presentation at the Chihuahuan Desert Fiesta, Tom Mays Park. Save the date – Chihuahuan Desert Fiesta – September 19, 2020 It’s going to be a very different Chihuahuan Desert Fiesta this year. If you have been following the Chihuahuan Desert Education Coalition you can already see what we have changed. Originally we were planning … Continue reading 16th Annual Chihuahuan Desert Virtual Fiesta

Big Bend Regional International Dark Sky Reserve

By Bill Wren McDonald Observatory is applying to the International Dark-sky Association (IDA) to establish an International Dark Sky Reserve (DSR) in the Big Bend Region of far West Texas and Northern Mexico. Such certification will help raise awareness of the value of protecting the night skies for ongoing astronomical research at the Observatory and … Continue reading Big Bend Regional International Dark Sky Reserve