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Photo Courtesy Aldo Leopold Foundation Estella and Aldo Leopold at Mi Casita

Historical Society’s Lecture June 1st: Aldo and Estella Leopold

Courtesy Photo Mi Casita national historic site, Carson National Forest, Tres Piedras
Courtesy Photo Dr. Richard Rubin

The Taos County Historical Society’s monthly program on Saturday, June 1 at 2 p.m. will focus on Aldo Leopold, considered by many to be the father of wildlife ecology and modern conservation. With his wife Estella, Leopold began his career in New Mexico and Taos County.

Dr. Richard Rubin of Taos will describe the Leopolds’ New Mexico histories, their brief time in Tres Piedras, and their influence on land ethics practices here. With the recent restoration of the Leopolds’ 1912 home, “Mi Casita,” the U.S. Forest Service has a declared mission of historic preservation, conservation inspiration, and ecological education.

The Rubins have published “Living the Leopolds’ Mi Casita Ecology” through Nighthawk Press (2022). The book’s proceeds are dedicated to the Friends of Mi Casita Fund at the Taos Community Foundation
Richard and Annette Rubin have 55 years of experience in Arizona and New Mexico, beginning with the Indian Health Service and University of New Mexico medical residency—to their current retirement home in Arroyo Seco. He serves as the U.S. Forest Service authorized steward of the Leopolds’ national historic site cabin known as Mi Casita.