ACTIVITY CALENDAR - Things to do in Borrego Springs  


ABDNHA's schedule of Anza-Borrego desert hikes, lectures, and tours for the period through Early February 2015 is shown below.

 

Some of the programs listed below allow online registration.  You can also call or visit the ABDNHA Desert Nature Center, 652 Palm Canyon Drive,  760-767-3098 for information, questions, and to register for programs. 


Click here for astronomy & stargazing calendar compiled by the Borrego Springs Dark Sky Coalition


 

Be Prepared
For All Desert Tours and Hikes


Have a well-working vehicle with a full tank of gas. Know if 4WD is needed.

All hikes and walks require good closed-toed hiking shoes, and drinking water. Hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, energy snacks are strongly recommended. 

A hiking pole is also recommended.  See hike descriptions as some hikes require hiking poles.

Know your physical condition.  All hikes are going to require walking on uneven ground.  Some hikes will involve elevation gain, bouldering, etc.  Read the hike descriptions and only go on hikes you feel you are prepared to handle.

Tell someone where you are going and when you will return.

 

 

ABDNHA Business Sponsors 2014


ABDNHA's business sponsorship members support the educational work of the Anza-Borrego Desert Natural History Association and provide tourism services in Borrego Springs.

 

Their support is appreciated.


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800-242-0044

 

Fredericks
Landscaping

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Nov. 28, Fri., 7:00 p.m.

ABDNHA 43rd Annual Desert Lecture Series

Meet-the-Speaker Reception & Book Signing at 7:00 p.m.,

Lecture begins at 7:30 p.m.

Program: Coyote: Too Smart!

Presented by James W. Cornett, Author, Desert Researcher, Ecologist

As one of the most maligned and most beloved animals in America, the coyote is followed by controversy wherever it goes. Explore the myths and realities of the coyote in the desert Southwest with an expert naturalist and storyteller! No charge to ABDNHA Members. For nonmembers, there is a $10.00 fee at the door, which may be applied to a new membership in ABDNHA. At the Borrego Springs Performing Arts Center. Seating is limited and on a first-come basis.  For more information, call 760-767-3098. Refreshments served. 


Nov. 29, Sat., 8:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.

4WD and Hike: In-Ko-Pah Mountains

Tour Leader: Karyn Sauber

The road from Yuma to San Diego was never an easy route.  Folks who live in the southern Anza-Borrego Desert travel west from Ocotillo on I-8 to do their shopping in San Diego. It’s an easy day trip in today’s automobile, but this was not always so. There are a myriad of historic trails and roads slicing through the gorge between Ocotillo and where the Desert Tower sits above Mountain Springs.  Come discover the history of the transportation system as we drive one of the back roads to a canyon to begin our walk. We’ll walk in the deep gorge of Devil’s Canyon ending up at a unique island. Peninsular Bighorn Sheep roam here. (Six seen recently.) Includes a 4-mile, moderate hike. Bring lunch, water, hat, and camera. Meet at Ocotillo Community Park along S-2, a mile before you reach the community of Ocotillo. Please sign up early, trip requires a minimum enrollment of 10. NM $35; Members $25; ABDNHA Volunteers $23.


Dec. 4, Thur., 8 a.m. – 10 a.m.
Weekly Thursday Bird Walk: Introduction to Birding
Leader: David Lasley, ABDNHA Volunteer

Want to know more about the birds you see in Borrego Springs and throughout Anza-Borrego? Join David Lasley and explore some of the best birding locations in Borrego Springs. Beginners and advanced birders are all welcome. Meet at 8 a.m. at the south end of Marker, south of Tilting T opposite the entrance to Borrego Springs Resort. Bring binoculars, bird book, water, walking shoes. Call ABDNHA Nature Center 760-767-3098 to register. ABDNHA Members: no charge; Nonmembers: $5 donation requested.

December 6, Saturday, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Annual ABDNHA Famous CHILI FEST

All are invited to celebrate the season with us! Enjoy a variety of homemade chili, corn bread, and desserts. ABDNHA members (including those who join this evening!) receive 20% discount on purchases tonight—that’s an extra 5% over the usual 15% discount. Shop locally and support our community! For non-members, any receipt for a purchase from our Nature Center dated Dec. 6, 2014, entitles you to dinner tonight! Arrive early; the first 50 guests receive a special door prize! One of our most popular events of the year! At the Nature Center, 652 Palm Canyon Drive.


Dec. 7, Sun., 8 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Hike: Elephant Knees
Leader: ABDNHA Volunteer Fred Melgert

The Elephant Knees are one of the “must see” features in the Fish Creek area, where erosion has created geologic features that resemble elephant knees. This 7.5-mile hike is mostly moderate hiking through sandy washes and mud hills with some more difficult sections that involve bouldering. Meet at ABDNHA and carpool from there. We’ll drive 45 min. to the beginning of Split Mt. Rd. The road follows the wash through canyons to the beginning of our hike. 4WD recommended. Bring lunch, snacks, plenty of water! Hiking pole and hiking boots are required. No charge, call to reserve, 760-767-3098.


Dec. 7, Sun., 6:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Moonlight Walk: South Palm Wash
Leader: Mike McElhatton, ABDNHA Education Director

Experience the unique, serene beauty of moonlight on the canyon walls as we take an easy 1.5-mile walk through South Palm Wash. Meet at the ABDNHA Library and carpool from there. Anyone without 4WD can catch a ride for a short 1/10th mile off-highway segment into the wash. Bring flashlight, water, hiking shoes. No charge, space limited, call to reserve. Thick cloud cover or high wind cancels.


Dec. 8, Mon., 8 a.m. - Noon
Hike: Mud Meringue Loop
Leader: Robin Halford, Hiking Book Author

The Badlands in Fish Creek are a rugged, desolate part of the Anza-Borrego Desert, full of drainages cut into the mud hills. Explore on this fairly easy 4-mile hike, with some boulders and saddles to negotiate. Meet at the beginning of Fish Creek Wash. From Hwy 78 in Ocotillo Wells, drive south on Split Mt. Rd. for 8.0 miles. Park on the right/west side of the road. 4WD drive recommended. Please be willing to take passengers if you have 4WD. It is almost an hour driving to the beginning of the hike.


Dec. 11, Thur., 8 a.m. – 10 a.m.
Thursday Bird Walk: Intro to Birding
See Dec. 4 for full description.


Dec. 13, Sat., 8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Lower Coyote Canyon Hike
Leaders: Naturalists Mike and Jan Bigelow

Views!! This is a moderate 2.6-mile hike leading to a precipice with a stunning look at a deep, very wide wash below. Bring hiking shoes, snack and water. Call to reserve. No charge. Meet at the Nature Center and carpool from there. 4WD/high clearance vehicles might be necessary, depending on conditions at the time.


Dec. 13, Sat., 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Three-Part Intro to Earthquakes
& Field Trip to Mecca Hills

(See also Dec. 14 Mecca Hills field trip below)
Presented by Joe Migliore
Part 1: 10 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.
Plate Tectonics: Journey of Discovery

This illustrated lecture with animations is the fascinating story of how evidence reveals that the earth’s crust is made of plates in constant motion. Oceans open & close, continents collide & rift apart, and mountain ranges are thrust up, only to be weathered & eroded.
Part 2: 11 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.
California and the American West: the Last 200 Million Years

This story begins 200 million years ago, when the western edge of the North America continent ended near what is now central Utah. The story continues with a tectonic saga on a global scale, as shifting masses of the earth’s crust evolved to create the North America we know today.
Part 3: 1 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.
Living in Earthquake Country: Understanding Earthquakes

Preparing for the next “big one.” It is inevitable that the ground we live on will shake violently and destructively during the next great quake in Southern California. See dramatic animations illustrating how faults have created the spectacular landscape and what can be expected when the southern San Andreas Fault or other related faults let loose again. In the ABDNHA Library. Call to reserve, 760-767-3098. For the entire 3-part series: NM $18; M $12; V $10.


Dec. 13, Sat., 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Program: Living in Extreme Environments: Science, Exploration, & the Human Spirit
With UC Irvine Doctoral Candidate Emily Brooks

Ms. Brooks will discuss historical and anthropological research on three extreme environments that have captured the American cultural and scientific imagination: living in the high mountains, living in the desert, and moving on to outer space. Extreme environments define the boundaries of human existence; they reveal the thin line between life and death, and the upper limits of our tools, technologies, and human bodies. How have our attempts to discover, document, conquer, and inhabit these extreme spaces shaped the way we think about who we are? Will the human capacity to adapt to our environment transform us into extremophiles? Join us for this thought-provoking program at the ABDNHA Library. NM $12; M $8; V $7. To reserve: 760-767-3098.


Dec. 14, Sun., 7:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Earthquake Field Trip: Mecca Hills
Trip Leader: Joe Migliore

Step back over a billion years of geologic time into the colorful badlands of the Mecca Hills, where the rocks have been wildly thrust and folded by the San Andreas Fault. The Mecca Hills are a maze of hidden canyons. Explore the role that the awesome power of earthquakes has played in creating this beautiful landscape. Hike rated as moderate, but includes some rugged sections, elevation gain, and nimble negotiation. Meet at ABDNHA Library for a departure at 7:30 a.m. sharp. 4WD is preferred but not essential. Bring lunch, water, sunscreen, jacket, hiking boots. Our leader is a NAI Certified Interpretive Guide and holds a degree in zoology from UCLA. Reservations required. NM $18; M $12; V $10. (See related 3-part lecture on Dec. 13.)


Dec. 17, Wed., 8 a.m. – 10 a.m.
Hike: Little Surprise Canyon Loop
Leader: ABDNHA Volunteer Kathy Bussey

This little gem of a canyon is known for its wildflowers and interesting geology. Usually it's considered an easy hike—in and out, 0.6 miles. Surprise! Today's moderate hike will take you there, and beyond. After a quick scramble over a boulder pile and up a gravel slope you reach the canyon's rim. The return hike affords a great view to the north! Meet at ABDNHA with water, hat, hiking shoes. No charge; space limited, call to reserve. 760-767-3098.


Dec. 18, Thur., 8 a.m. – 10 a.m.
Thursday Bird Walk: Intro to Birding

See Dec. 4 for full description.


Dec. 20, Sat. 4 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.
Petrified Wood of the Colorado Desert
Presenter: Tom Spinks

Some 2.5 to 4 million years ago, walnut trees, ash, bay laurel, and avocado trees grew in the land we now know as Anza-Borrego. Fossil woods from this time period are proof of the climate that once existed here, as evidenced by growth rings. Other fossil woods have been carried here by the ancient Colorado River. Deciphering the story that is told by these fossils is a matter of dating them, identifying them, and determining how they came to rest where we find them. In this program, Tom Spinks, volunteer with the Anza-Borrego Paleo Society, explains the work that has been done in the past relating to fossil woods and the work that he is doing. ABDNHA Library. NM $12; M $8; V $7. To reserve: 760-767-3098 or online at www.abdnha.org.


Dec. 20, Sat., 7:30 p.m.
Stargazing: Borrego’s Dark Skies!
With Astronomer Dr. Jim and Grace Rickard

ABDNHA Volunteers Dr. Jim and Grace Rickard will provide telescopes for identifying the constellations in our clear desert skies and observing objects such as the Orion nebula and the Andromeda galaxy. Bring binoculars (optional); wear warm clothes. Sponsored by ABDNHA, no charge or reservations for this excellent program. At the Lutheran Church, on Church Lane. Call us for directions, 760-767-3098. Heavy cloud cover cancels.


Dec. 21, Sun. 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
4WD Trip: Sandstone Canyon
Trip Leader: ABDNHA Volunteer Ed Pollock

Explore the stark beauty of Fish Creek and Split Mountain, and then on to spectacular Sandstone Canyon, with some of the steepest and narrowest canyons in Anza-Borrego. If we have time and if there is interest we can take a short hike to the Wind Caves along the way. This route is an Anza-Borrego classic, and you will want to bring your camera to get some shots of your vehicle between the tall walls of Sandstone Canyon. Meet at the ABDNHA Nature Center. Please be willing to carpool. Bring plenty of water, a snack/lunch, and a full tank of gas. No charge, space is limited. Call to reserve.


Dec. 25, Thur., 8 a.m. – 10 a.m.
Thursday Bird Walk: Intro to Birding

See Dec. 4 for full description.


Dec. 27, Sat., 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Salton Sea Birding Trip
Leader: Hal Cohen

Have a great day birding at the Salton Sea with (ret.) biology professor and experienced birder Hal Cohen as our guide. Hal is an expert birder and founder of the Borrego Hawk Watch. The Salton Sea has more diversity of bird life than any other location in the U.S. Birders come to the Salton Sea from around the world to see the display of bird life. Winter is the best time to bird watch at the Sea. Meet in front of the ABDNHA Library and carpool from there. Hat, binoculars or scope, walking shoes, water, lunch. NM $20; M $10; V $9.


Dec. 27, Sat, 10 a.m.
Borrego Rock & Gem Club Meeting

All welcome. Find out about upcoming activities. At ABDNHA Library.


Dec. 28, Sun., 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
4WD Tour & Hike: Yuha South
Leader: Naturalist Karyn Sauber

We begin with a 2-mile walk before visiting the Crucifixion Thorn Natural Area and driving along the international border fence. We’ll see concretions, expanses of desert pavement, and maybe wildflowers. Bring water, lunch, chair, hat. 4WD required with experienced drivers. Meet at Ocotillo Community Park just north of Ocotillo along S-2. Please sign up early, this trip requires a minimum of 10. NM $35; Members: $25; ABDNHA Volunteers $23.


Dec. 29, Mon., 10 a.m. – 11 a.m.
Program: Passive Solar Design
Presenter: ABDNHA Volunteer Deborah Sperberg
– How do you design, build, or retrofit a house that is toasty warm in winter and cooler in summer? How can we design to use less of the earth’s dwindling resources? How can you retrofit an existing house to cut your electric bills and increase your comfort? Takes place at the ABDNHA Library. No charge. Call us to reserve.


Dec. 31, Wed., 9 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Last Hike of the Year – a tradition!
Leader: ABDNHA Volunteer Joan Malone

A moderate 4-mile hike trekking on the Truckhaven Trail and Cannonball Run. Meet at Mile 38.2 off S22 at the Truckhaven Trail across from Calcite Mine. We'll carpool from there to the trailhead, which requires 4WD. Bring water, snack, good hiking shoes. No charge; call to reserve.


Jan. 1, Thur., 8 a.m. – 10 a.m.
Thursday Bird Walk: Intro to Birding

Leader: ABDNHA Volunteer David Lasley
A great way to start the New Year!
See Dec. 4 for full description.


Jan. 3, Sat. 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
4WD: Coyote Canyon to Sheep Canyon
Leader: ABDNHA Volunteer Ed Pollock

Wind your way through some of the most beautiful, historic desert terrain in all of Anza-Borrego. Round trip is approx. 50 miles. Head up Coyote Canyon, across 3 stream crossings, up a moderately steep and rocky road, and then across the desert into the Sheep Canyon area. Road conditions vary depending upon rainfall. This trip is a great, challenging ride that requires high-clearance 4WD with good tires and full tank of gas. We’ll select a nice place for lunch, so pack food, water, and snacks. Pit toilets available at the Sheep Cyn camp. Meet at ABDNHA. Please be willing to carpool. No charge, space is limited. Call us to reserve.


Jan. 3, Sat. 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Hike: Lizard-Chuckwalla Loop
Leader: ABDNHA Volunteer Fred Melgert

This interesting, scenic hike is a moderate 4.7 miles with some elevation gain. The route offers a mix of washes and ridge tops, and includes some cross-country travel to make a loop that begins in one wash and ends in another. Meet at ABDNHA and carpool to the starting point of our hike, just south of Hwy 78. Bring lunch, snacks, and plenty of water! Hiking pole and hiking boots are required for this hike. No charge, call to reserve.


Jan. 4, Sun., 11 a.m. – Noon
Lecture: Radio Astronomy History of Clark Dry Lake
Speaker: Astronomer Dr. Jim Rickard

For 35 years, Clark Dry Lake was an important location for radio telescope research. Dr. Rickard worked as a staff astronomer at Clark Lake for 9 years. Learn why the Clark Lake site was selected, the goals of the radio telescope project, how the telescope was constructed, how it worked, and why the project was terminated. At the ABDNHA Library. NM $20, M $12, V $10. Space is limited, call to reserve. (See related field trip, Jan. 4, 12:30 p.m.)


Jan. 4, Sun., 12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Field Trip: Radio Astronomy History of Clark Dry Lake
Leader: Astronomer Dr. Jim Rickard

Dr. Rickard will conduct a tour of the Clark Lake site. There is no charge for the tour, but you must register separately from the lecture. The tour is limited to just 22 people. The tour includes driving to the gravel loader on Rockhouse Canyon Rd by Clark Lake and an optional one-mile walk to the site of the laboratories in the middle of the dry lakebed. The tour leaves ABDNHA at 12:30 p.m., and will take approx. one hour. If numbers warrant, a second tour will be offered, to leave ABDNHA at 1:30 p.m. (See related lecture, Jan. 4, 11 a.m.)


Jan. 4, Sun., 6 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Moonlight Walk: South Palm Wash

Leader: Mike McElhatton –See Dec. 7 for full description. Note the earlier start time on Jan. 4!


Jan. 8, Thur., 8 a.m. – 10 a.m.
Thursday Bird Walk: Intro to Birding

See Dec. 4 for full description.


Jan. 8, Thur., 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Hike: Inside Truckhaven Rocks
Leaders: Volunteer Naturalists Mary Ekelund and Paul Larson
–This is a moderate 3-mile hike up a wash into Truckhaven Rocks, a sandstone formation 4-5 million years old. The rocks are steeply tilted to the north and have been called the "Swiss cheese" of our local desert. We can climb up one of these tilted slabs for a great view. Bring water, snack, hat, hiking shoes. Meet at ABDNHA. No charge; call to reserve.


Jan. 9, Fri., 10 a.m. – Noon
ABDNHA Weekly Borrego Valley Bike Ride
Leader: Julie Taylor, ABDNHA Volunteer

It's time to get out and ride! Have some fun, get some exercise, and see the desert from two wheels on ABDNHA’s free weekly bike ride. Each ride route will be decided at start time, depending on the ability of the group, with an average ride of 15-to-20 miles, suited to the riders. Group meets at Bike Borrego! located on the south side of The Mall, facing the post office. No pre-registration required, just show up and ride. Helmets are required. If you are in town without your bike, bikes are available for rent at Bike Borrego. Julie also appreciates experienced riders who can assist with her weekly rides, especially when groups are large. Just contact ABDNHA if you want to ride and help. This activity repeats weekly.


Jan. 9, Fri., 6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Class: Geology of Anza-Borrego, 500 Million Years in the Making
Instructor: Geology Professor Don Barrie, Chair, Physical Sciences Dept., San Diego Mesa College

Join Professor Barrie for an evening overview lecture of the park's geologic highlights, including rocks, faults, and geologic history. Travel almost half a billion years of geologic time, beginning with ancient sea that produced Borrego's oldest rocks, and ending with discussion of Borrego's "monster faults"—the San Jacinto and Elsinore Fault Zones—and discussion of plate tectonic theory. NM $20, M $18, V $15. Space limited, call to reserve. At the ABDNHA Library. Register early if you would like to go on the field trip the following day, Sat., Jan. 10, as space is limited to 22 people, and mention if you are taking the Friday evening class.


Jan. 10, Sat., 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Field Trip: Anza-Borrego Geology
Instructor: Geology Professor Don Barrie

See Anza-Borrego geology at its best. Meet at ABDNHA for a broad overview before we head south to Ship Rock (near the Ram's Hill entrance) to see a detachment fault. From here, east to the Narrows Earth Trail to see examples of different faulting styles and some of Borrego's oldest rocks. End the day at Hawk Canyon to discuss the striking sedimentary sequence exposed in the canyon walls. Short walks on fairly level ground at each location. No charge. Priority given to those attending the class on Jan. 9; others added as space is available. Call for reservations. If you are holding a spot and cannot go, please call ahead to release your space so another can attend.


Jan. 10, Sat., 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Join us for back-to-back presentations by John and Lesley Randall, each speaking on their area of expertise. NM $12; M $8; V $7 for the two programs. Call to reserve, 760-767-3098 or www.abdnha.org.


Part 1: Desert Bighorns & Mt. Lions along the U.S.-Mexican Border
At 6 p.m., John Randall, Ph.D., Lead Scientist, Nature Conservancy Reserve Networks
, will focus on Nature Conservancy projects in the Sonoran Desert and Peninsular Ranges, and the movement and genetics of bighorn sheep and mountain lions on the US-Mexico border. The long-term viability of these species may depend on their ability to continue to cross the International border.
Part 2: Botanical Illustration: Where Art Meets Science
At 7:15 p.m. to 8 p.m., Lesley Randall, Botanical Illustrator, and Curator of Plant Collections at San Diego Botanic Garden
. Lesley, whose illustrations are published in the Jepson Manual and the Flora of Yosemite National Park, will discuss the early history of botanists-artists and their drawings of plants in this beautiful and interesting program. See above for prices for these combined programs.


Jan. 11, Sun., 8 a.m. – Noon
Hike: Box Canyon
Leaders: Naturalists Mike and Jan Bigelow

Join us for an easy 3-mile walk into history as we explore a narrow canyon filled with stories of the fabled Mormon Battalion. We’ll look for desert apricot trees. Wear sturdy shoes and bring water and snack. Meet at the Nature Center. No charge; call to reserve.


Jan. 14, Wed., 8 a.m. – 10 a.m.
Hike: Glorieta Canyon
ABDNHA Volunteer Hike Leader: Kathy Bussey

Join Kathy for this short one-mile round-trip hike in glorious Glorietta Canyon just outside of Borrego Springs. Get exercise, enjoy the scenery, and meet new friends. The trail is a gradual uphill walk and involves a little bouldering but is not difficult. A hidden landscape unfolds before us with incredible views of the Borrego Valley and the Salton Sea. Meet at the ABDNHA Nature Center from where we can carpool. High clearance vehicle is needed. Bring water, snack, wear good walking shoes. No charge; call to reserve.


Jan. 15, Thur., 8 a.m. – 10 a.m.
Thursday Bird Walk: Intro to Birding

See Dec. 4 for full description.


Jan. 16, Fri., 10 a.m. – Noon
ABDNHA Weekly Borrego Bike Ride

Leader: Julie Taylor, ABDNHA Volunteer
See details on Jan. 9.


Jan. 16, Fri., 6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
California's Changing Weather Patterns: The Making of a Drought
Speaker: SDG&E Meteorologist Steven Vanderburg

Anza-Borrego is a land of extreme weather, extreme dryness, where floods can rage, the sun blazes, and hurricane force winds howl from time to time, and now all of California is experiencing a drought, one of the worst in history. For a passionate meteorologist like Steven Vanderberg, these dramatic conditions make a fascinating story. In the ABDNHA Library. Call to reserve or online www.abdnha.org. NM $12; M $10; V $8.


Jan. 17, Sat., 7:30 p.m.
Stargazing Program: Borrego’s Dark Skies!

With Astronomer Dr. Jim and Grace Rickard
See details on Dec. 20. Program repeats Feb. 14.


Jan. 19, Mon., 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Hike: The Domelands—the Other Wind Caves
Leader: ABDNHA Volunteer Dave Duncan

Join this 6-mile strenuous round-trip hike in the Coyote Mountains for stunning views of the Carrizo Corridor, Fish Creek Mts., and Vallecito Badlands. Once a near shore marine environment rich in marine fossils—the wind caves themselves are "fossilized" beach dunes—we’ll explore the mysterious fossil mounds. Call to reserve. High clearance vehicle advised. Bring a lunch, snacks, plenty of water, and a full tank of gas! We’ll carpool from the Nature Center. NM $15; M $12; V $10.


Jan. 22, Thur., 8 a.m. – 10 a.m.
Thursday Bird Walk: Intro to Birding

See Dec. 4 for full description.


Jan. 23, Fri., 10 a.m. – Noon
ABDNHA Weekly Borrego Bike Ride

Leader: Julie Taylor, ABDNHA Volunteer
See details on Jan. 9.


Jan. 24, Sat, 10 a.m.
Borrego Rock & Gem Club
Monthly meeting at ABDNHA Library. All welcome.


Jan. 24, Sat., 6 p.m. – 7:45 p.m.
Walk of a Lifetime: The Camino de Santiago Compostella
Presenters: Nick and Bonnie Clapp

Join Borregans Nick and Bonnie Clapp as they tell the story of their trek along the famed Camino de Santiago Compostela, a thousand year old pilgrimage route that took them halfway across France, over the Pyrenees, and across all of Spain: 1,100 miles crossing 26 mountain ranges and passing through 290 villages, towns, and cities. For anyone interested in considering the journey, or even a 10 day stretch, their talk will explore Camino lore and legend, illustrate its highlights, and describe what to expect day-to-day. For a preview, they’ve created a website: caminodesantiagoforseniors.org. NM $12; M $10; V $8.


Jan. 29, Thur., 8 a.m. – 10 a.m.
Thursday Bird Walk: Intro to Birding

See Dec. 4 for full description.


Jan. 30, Fri., 10 a.m. – Noon
ABDNHA Weekly Borrego Valley Bike Ride

Leader: Julie Taylor, ABDNHA Volunteer
See details on Jan. 9.


ABDNHA 43rd Annual Desert Lecture Series
Jan. 30, Fri., 7 p.m. - Meet the Speaker & Book Signing
Jan. 30, Fri., 7:30 p.m. - Lecture: Visualizing Native Americans as Agents of History

Speaker: Richard L. Carrico, Professor of History & Anthropology, Specialist Tribal Affairs
Historical Researcher Richard Carrico discusses the desert tribes of Cahuilla, Quechan, Kumeyaay, Luisano, Cupeno, and Cocopah, along with their leaders, as active forces in our larger history. He will suggest that it is time to move away from histories and narratives that portray the Indian people of the desert region as more or less passive victims of European colonization, and present a fuller, more complete story. His recently revised book covers 10,000 years of Native American history in San Diego County. M: no charge; NM: $10 at the door, which may be applied to a new membership in ABDNHA. At the Borrego Performing Arts Center. Seating is limited & on a first-come basis. Program sponsored by the Gilstrap Family.


Jan. 31, Sat., 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Hike: Felden Deposit – Rainbow Canyon
Leader: ABDNHA Volunteer Fred Melgert

This 6-mile loop hike passes an old 1941 mine shaft, and follows an old mining road up the hill. There is an elevation gain of 900 feet over the course of the hike, which is rated moderate, with a steep downhill part, and dry waterfalls in Rainbow Canyon. Meet at the ABDNHA Nature Center from where we can carpool to our location. Bring water, snack, wear good walking shoes, and hiking stick is required—you’ll need it. No charge; call the Nature Center to reserve.


Jan. 31, Sat., 6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Everest Base Camp
Presenters: ABDNHA Volunteers Sanjiv Nanda and Urmi Ray

With wonderful photography, videos, and a great adventure to share, Sanjiv and Urmi will take you along on a trekking journey that took them 18,000 feet above sea level, to Everest Base Camp in October 2014. The scenery is fantastic, and it is matched by the story itself, starting in the lowlands and steadily progressing higher through other-worldly landscapes of icy peaks, glaciers, and high desert. At the ABDNHA Library. NM $12; M $10; V $8.


Feb. 1, Sun., 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Open House: London Double Decker Bus & Santa Fe Caboose

Visit a 1942 Santa Fe caboose and a 1952 London double-decker bus, both owned by ABDNHA members. Both are located on San Pablo Rd in Borrego Springs. Take Borrego Springs Road 2.8 miles south from Christmas Circle, turn east on to San Pablo. Open house; no charge.


Feb. 2, Mon., 8 a.m.
Borrego Birders

Meet at Christmas Circle. All levels welcome. Bring binoculars.


Feb. 3, Tue., 6:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Moonlight Walk: South Palm Wash

See Dec. 7 for full description.


Feb. 5, Thur., 8 a.m. – 10 a.m.
Thursday Bird Walk: Intro to Birding

See Dec. 4 for full description. Repeats Feb. 12.


Feb. 6, Fri., 10 a.m. – Noon
ABDNHA Weekly Borrego Valley Bike Ride

See Jan. 9 for full description. Repeats Feb. 13.


Feb. 7, Sat., 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Hike: Plum Canyon
Leaders: Volunteer Naturalists Mary Ekelund and Paul Larson

Join Mary and Paul on a moderate 4-mile hike as they explore one of their favorite areas in Anza-Borrego. Back in the days when the roads across the desert were simple and unpaved, the way to get from Yaqui Well to Earthquake Valley was through Plum Canyon. Highway 78 did not exist. The roads over which people drove their wagons have long since washed away, shrinking to peaceful hiking trails. There is nothing here to attract today's speeding motorists, and that of course is a plus for people who like it quiet. No charge, space is limited. Call the Nature Center to reserve.


Feb. 7, Sat., 6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Military History of Borrego Springs and the Salton Sea.
Presenter: Sid Burks, Historical Researcher, teacher Cal State San Bernardino

Explore the little-known World War II history of the Borrego Valley and the Salton Sea, and the military history that links the two together. Burks is a California native and a pilot for over 35 years with an interest in seaplanes and naval war history. When he learned the Navy operated a seaplane base at the Salton Sea during World War II with facilities in Borrego, all of these interests converged. Register online www.abdnha.org or call to reserve. NM $12; M $10; V $8.


Feb. 11, Wed., 9 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Easy Hike: Cactus Loop Trail

Leader: ABDNHA Volunteer Kathy Bussey

This well-named trail offers a great introduction to the cacti and other plants of Anza-Borrego, along with beautiful vistas of the desert landscape, with mountains in the distance. There are some slight hills but it is generally easy walking.  Hiking boots are essential.  Call the nature center to reserve.  


Feb. 12, Thur., 8 a.m. – 10 a.m.

Activity repeats every Thursday

Weekly Beginning Bird Walk: Introduction to Birding

Leader: David Lasley, ABDNHA Volunteer Leader See December 4 for full description.  


Feb. 13, Fri., 10 a.m. – Noon

ABDNHA Weekly Borrego Valley Bike Ride

Leader: Julie Taylor, ABDNHA Volunteer

It’s time to get out and ride with ABDNHA free weekly bike ride!  See details on Jan. 9.  


Feb.13, Fri., 7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Program: Amazing Birds of the Salton Sea

Instructor: Professor Kurt Leuschner, Natural Resources, College of the Desert 

Did you know that over 420 bird species have been recorded at the Salton Sea?  This vitally important habitat lies along the Pacific Flyway and is used annually by an amazing array of birds. Expert birder Kurt Leuschner will discuss some of the more interesting, colorful, and unusual birds that occur at the sea and prepare us for the next day’s visit to the Salton Sea. Please see Feb.15 field trip below. Program held at the ABDNHA Library. Call the Nature Center to reserve. NM: $11; M: $8; V: $7.      


Feb. 14, Sat., 7:15 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Salton Sea Wonders: Geothermal Energy, Geology, Mud Pots, Birds, and Folk Art

Co-leaders: Professor Kurt Leuschner, College of the Desert; and Naturalist Joe Migliore, NAI Certified Interpretive Guide

Join two great leaders, Kurt Leuschner and Joe Migliore, as they team up again this year to guide us to the southern end of the Salton Sea and all of its wonders. A special tour of the Cal Energy Geothermal Plant will include a fascinating illustrated talk on geothermal energy followed by a power plant tour. Then get a close-up look at the gurgling mud pots and mud volcanoes—a Salton Sea geologic oddities.  Along the way, we'll visit some of the best bird-viewing areas and look for many of the hundreds of bird species that winter at the sea, including Sandhill Cranes, Burrowing Owls, large flocks of Snow Geese, and a "mystery bird."  Joe will enlighten us with mini-lectures on geology and faulting in this active region, and if time permits we'll finish our tour at one of the Folk Art Hall of Fame's most colorful monuments near world-famous Slab City. Meet at the Nature Center at 7:15 a.m. and bring a full tank of gas, snacks, water, sunscreen, hat, jacket, walking shoes (no open toed shoes allowed), binoculars, bird book and two way radios if you have them. Geothermal plant tour dress: long pants, closed-toed walking shoes, no tank tops. Space limited on this very popular trip. Call for reservations at the Nature Center.  NM $25; M $20; V $18.  


Feb. 14, Sat., 7:30 p.m.

Stargazing Program: Borrego’s Dark Skies!

Presenters: Astronomer Dr. Jim and Grace Rickard

Telescopes provided for observing objects such as Jupiter, the Orion nebula and the Andromeda galaxy. Identify the constellations in our clear desert skies. Bring binoculars if you have them and warm clothes.  Sponsored by ABDNHA, there is no charge or reservations necessary for this excellent program.  Park at the Lutheran Church, located on Church Lane. If you need directions, please call the Nature Center, 760/767-3098. Canceled in case of cloud cover.  


Feb. 15, Sun., 8:00 a.m – 4:00 p.m.

4WD –Hike: San Sebastian Marsh

Tour Leader: Karyn Sauber

When Juan Baptista De Anza left the Yuha Basin his Indian guide led him to a rich riparian area in the desert. Anza named it San Sebastion Marsh, after his Indian guide Sebastion Tarabal. The marsh covers about six square miles around the confluence of Fish, San Felipe and Carrizo Creeks. Discover the history and signs of early habitation of this unique ecosystem with your guide. We will visit the marsh in two areas—Entering along Hwy 86 we will make stops in the mesquite bog checking out historical dump sites, then take a short hike to the marsh.  Continuing along the Kane Spring road we’ll make take a longer hike 5 miles round trip to a larger body of the marsh.   Bring water, lunch and hat. High clearance 4WD vehicle required.  Meet on the north side of Christmas Circle. NM $32; M: $22; V $20.  

 

Borrego Springs Dark Sky Calendar - Stargazing & Astronomy in Borrego Springs


Saturday, November 29, 2014 (Anza-Borrego Foundation)
http://www.theabf.org Shoot the Night Sky from Yurt Camp

Saturday, December 6, 2014 (Anza-Borrego Foundation)
http://www.theabf.org Hike to the Moon

Sunday, December 7, 2014 (ABDNHA)
Full Moon Desert Hike 6:30 - 9:00 p.m.

Saturday, December 13, 2014 (Borrego Springs Resort)
http://www.borregopringsresort.com Here Come the Geminids!

Sunday, December 14, 2014 (The Springs at Borrego)
http://www.springsatborrego.com/stars.php How Do We Know?

Saturday, December 22, 2014 (ABDNHA)
Stargazing 7:30 p.m. Lutheran Church on Church Lane

Monday, December 29, 2014 (ABDNHA)
Passive Solar Design 10-11 a.m.

Sunday, January 4, 2015 (ABDNHA)
Radio Astronomy History of Clark Dry Lake 1:00 p.m.  

Sunday, January 4, 2015 (ABDNHA)
Full Moon Desert Hike 6 - 8:30 p.m.  

Saturday, January 10, 2015 (California Overland Desert Excursions) http://www.californiaoverland.com Celestial Overnight Campout

Saturday, January 17, 2015 (ABDNHA)
Stargazing 7:30 p.m. Lutheran Church on Church Lane

Sunday, January 18, 2015 (The Springs at Borrego)
http://www.springsatborrego.com/stars.php 2015: A Year of Cosmic Wonder

Saturday, January 24, 2015 (Anza-Borrego Foundation)
http://www.theabf.org Stargazing from Yurt Camp

Tuesday, February 3, 2015 (ABDNHA)
Full Moon Desert Hike 6:30 - 9:30 p.m.

Saturday, February 14, 2015 (ABDNHA)
Stargazing 7:30 p.m. Lutheran Church on Church Lane

Saturday, February 14, 2015 (Calfornia Overland Desert Excursions)
http://www.californiaoverland.com Celestial Overnight Campout: Valentine’s Day Under the Stars

Sunday, February 15, 2015 (The Springs at Borrego)
http://www.springsatborrego.com/stars.php Behind the Scenes at the Star Factory

Tuesday, March 5, 2015 (ABDNHA)
Full Moon Desert Hike 7 - 9:30 p.m.

Sunday, March 29, 2015 (The Springs at Borrego)
http://www.springsatborrego.com/stars.php Cosmic Coverup

Friday, April 3, 2015 (Borrego Springs Resort)
http://www.borregospringsresort.com Total Lunar Eclipse

Saturday, April 11, 2015 (California Overland Desert Excursions)
http://www.californiaoverland.com Celestial Overnight Campout

Sunday, April 19, 2015 (The Springs at Borrego)
http://www.springsatborrego.com/stars.php The Rest of the Story…

Saturday, May 23, 2015 (California Overland Desert Excursions)
http://www.californiaoverland.com Celestial Overnight Campout

Sunday, May 24, 2015 (The Springs at Borrego)
http://www.springsatborrego.com/stars.php It’s Full of Stars!

 

 

 

 

 
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