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Sand Paper Newsletter - 5 per year
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15% Discount in ABDNHA
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To Register for Programs

Some programs allow online registration.
See program descriptions.

You can also call to register
760-767-3098

Visit us at the ABDNHA
Desert Nature Center
352 Palm Canyon Drive
Borrego Springs

 

Their support is appreciated.


760-767-4255


760-767-3502

760-767-1236




760-767-0311

760-767-5944

 

 

760-767-0100

 

 

760-767-4492

 

800-242-0044

 

 

760-767-3262

 

Be Safely Prepared
For All Desert Tours and Hikes


Have a vehicle in good operating condition with a full tank of gas. Know if 4WD is needed.

Wear closed-toed hiking shoes. Bring drinking water, hat, sunglasses, sunscreen. Energy snacks are strongly recommended.

Bring more water than you think you will need! 

A hiking pole is a good idea.  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, manuvering over boulders, etc.  Read 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.

 









To Register for Programs

Some programs allow online registration.
See program descriptions.

You can call to register
760-767-3098

Visit us at the ABDNHA
Desert Nature Center
352 Palm Canyon Drive
Borrego Springs

.

Their support is appreciated.

 


760-767-4255


760-767-3502

760-767-1236




760-767-0311

760-767-5944

 

 

760-767-0100

 

 

760-767-4492

 

800-242-0044

 

 

760-767-3262

 

Be Safely Prepared
For All Desert Tours and Hikes


Have a vehicle in good operating condition with a full tank of gas. Know if 4WD is needed.

Wear closed-toed hiking shoes. Bring drinking water, hat, sunglasses, sunscreen. Energy snacks are strongly recommended.

Bring more water than you think you will need! 

A hiking pole is a good idea.  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, manuvering over boulders, etc.  Read 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.

 







Join our Email List
Make a Comment
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ABDNHA  Membership
Join   Renew
New or Renewal?

Benefits of Membership
Sand Paper Newsletter - 5 per year
Reduced Price on Programs
Free Desert Lecture Admission
15% Discount in ABDNHA
Desert Nature Center
Plus - It's Fun!

To Register for Programs

Some programs allow online registration.
See program descriptions.

You can also call to register
760-767-3098

Visit us at the ABDNHA
Desert Nature Center
352 Palm Canyon Drive
Borrego Springs

 

Their support is appreciated.


760-767-4255


760-767-3502

760-767-1236




760-767-0311

760-767-5944

 

 

760-767-0100

 

760-767-4492

 

800-242-0044

 

Fredericks
Landscaping

760-767-5362

 

 

760-767-3262

 

Be Safely Prepared
For All Desert Tours and Hikes


Have a vehicle in good operating condition with a full tank of gas. Know if 4WD is needed.

Wear closed-toed hiking shoes. Bring drinking water, hat, sunglasses, sunscreen. Energy snacks are strongly recommended.

Bring more water than you think you will need! 

A hiking pole is a good idea.  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, manuvering over boulders, etc.  Read 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.

 









To Register for Programs

Some programs allow online registration.
See program descriptions.

You can call to register
760-767-3098

Visit us at the ABDNHA
Desert Nature Center
352 Palm Canyon Drive
Borrego Springs

.

Their support is appreciated.


760-767-4255


760-767-3502

760-767-1236




760-767-0311

760-767-5944

 

 

760-767-0100

 

760-767-4492

 

800-242-0044

 

Fredericks
Landscaping

760-767-5362

 

 

760-767-3262

 

Be Safely Prepared
For All Desert Tours and Hikes


Have a vehicle in good operating condition with a full tank of gas. Know if 4WD is needed.

Wear closed-toed hiking shoes. Bring drinking water, hat, sunglasses, sunscreen. Energy snacks are strongly recommended.

Bring more water than you think you will need! 

A hiking pole is a good idea.  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, manuvering over boulders, etc.  Read 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.

 





Join our Email List
Make a Comment
Ask a Question

ABDNHA  Membership
Join   Renew
New or Renewal?

Benefits of Membership
Sand Paper Newsletter - 5 per year
Reduced Price on Programs
Free Desert Lecture Admission
15% Discount in ABDNHA
Desert Nature Center
Plus - It's Fun!

To Register for Programs

Some programs allow online registration.
See program descriptions.

You can also call to register
760-767-3098

Visit us at the ABDNHA
Desert Nature Center
352 Palm Canyon Drive
Borrego Springs

 

Their support is appreciated.

 


760-767-4255


760-767-3502

760-767-1236




760-767-0311

760-767-5944

 

 

760-767-0100

 

 

760-767-4492

 

800-242-0044

 

 

760-767-3262

 

Be Safely Prepared
For All Desert Tours and Hikes


Have a vehicle in good operating condition with a full tank of gas. Know if 4WD is needed.

Wear closed-toed hiking shoes. Bring drinking water, hat, sunglasses, sunscreen. Energy snacks are strongly recommended.

Bring more water than you think you will need! 

A hiking pole is a good idea.  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, manuvering over boulders, etc.  Read 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.

 









To Register for Programs

Some programs allow online registration.
See program descriptions.

You can call to register
760-767-3098

Visit us at the ABDNHA
Desert Nature Center
352 Palm Canyon Drive
Borrego Springs

.

Their support is appreciated.

 


760-767-4255


760-767-3502

760-767-1236




760-767-0311

760-767-5944

 

 

760-767-0100

 

 

760-767-4492

 

800-242-0044

 

 

760-767-3262

 

 

Be Safely Prepared
For All Desert Tours and Hikes


Have a vehicle in good operating condition with a full tank of gas. Know if 4WD is needed.

Wear closed-toed hiking shoes. Bring drinking water, hat, sunglasses, sunscreen. Energy snacks are strongly recommended.

Bring more water than you think you will need! 

A hiking pole is a good idea.  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, manuvering over boulders, etc.  Read 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.

 





 


760-767-4255


760-767-3502

760-767-1236




760-767-0311

760-767-5944

 

 

760-767-0100

 

 

760-767-4492

 

800-242-0044

 

 

760-767-3262

 



ABDNHA PROGRAMS:
Desert programs for the period through mid February 2017 are listed below.  The Anza-Borrego Desert Natural History Association conducts approximately 150 programs in Borrego Springs each year, desert walks, hikes, lectures, tours, guided trips, Desert 4WD, desert flower programs, stargazing, and other activities during the October to April season.  Many of our programs are free of charge to the general public and other programs have modest fees.


Feb. 15 – Mar. 31   It's Borrego in Springtime!

#BorregoInSpringtime is an online celebration of the Anza-Borrego Desert in Springtime.  This is a community-wide event, open to all, sponsored by ABDNHA.

With Smartphone camera technology improving by leaps and bounds each year and with just about everyone using social media we kick off something new: an online photography event limited exclusively to Smartphones and tablets.

It's simple and easy to be a part of it, and fun for all, regardless of your skill level. 
Android or Iphone or whatever else?  You are all welcome here. CLICK FOR MORE INFO 

 

Mar. 22, Wed., 2 p.m.
BRAG Rock Club Meets at ABDNHA.

Mar . 23, Thur., 8 a.m. – 10 a.m.
Weekly Thursday Bird Walk: Introduction to Desert 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 and volunteers: no charge; Nonmembers: $5 donation requested.  
Mar. 23, Thurs., 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
The Natural History of Ants
Presenter: Walter R Tschinkel. Ph.D.

Dr. Tschinkel is an internationally renowned myrmecologist, entomologist, and Distinguished Research Professor of Biological Science and Distinguished Prof. Emeritus at Florida State Univ. He is the author of the Pulitzer Prize nominated book The Fire Ants (Harvard, 2006), and more than 150 research papers on the natural history, ecology, nest architecture, and organization of ant societies; chemical communication in beetles; and the mysterious fairy circles of the Namib Desert. His casts of ant nests and botanical drawings appear in numerous museums of art and natural history. He describes tonight’s program as "a hodge-podge of ant stories, the natural history and biology of 5 or 6 different ant species.” NM $12, M $10, V $8.

Select Price Level - Add additional people at checkout



Mar. 24, Fri. 9 – 11 a.m
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ABDNHA Weekly Bike Ride
Leader: Al Dumas, ABDNHA Volunteer

No charge, 12-20 miles social ride. Meet at Bike Borrego, south side of The Mall.
ABDNHA Desert Lecture Series
Mar. 24, Fri., 7 p.m. Meet the Speaker, 7:30 p.m. Lecture
UNDERSTANDING DESERT WEATHER
Speaker: Meteorologist Steven Vanderburg

Did you know that most people who die in the desert die either from thirst or drowning? The extreme weather that is commonplace in Anza-Borrego makes that statement true. The desert can be a place with wonderful sunshine and warm winter weather, or it can be a place of extreme dryness and life-threatening heat. Hurricane force winds can be expected from time to time. Sometimes there is no rain for months or even years, sometimes there is nice gentle rains, and sometimes it rains so hard that raging flash floods race across the desert floor.. When you add climate change to the mix, it all gets really exciting. For a passionate meteorologist like Steven, these dramatic conditions make a fascinating story. At the Borrego Springs Performing Arts Center. Seating is limited and on a first-come basis. Members: no charge; others $10 at the door.
This program sponsored by Joe Migliore.
Mar. 25, Sat., 3 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.
Program: The Whole Shebang! Origin & Destiny of the Universe
Speaker: David K. Lynch, PhD, Astronomer & Geologist
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Explore the whole shebang! Where did the Universe come from and where is it going? Why do we think that a BIG BANG actually happened? Did the atoms in our body really come from inside a star? How old is the Earth? What is “string theory”? Will the Universe keep on expanding? At ABDNHA Library. Call to reserve or online. NM $12; M $10; V $8.


Mar. 25, Sat., 6:30 p.m. – 7:45 p.m.
Program: The San Andreas Fault
Speaker: David K. Lynch, Ph.D.

What is the San Andreas Fault? Where is it? How can I see? What does it do to the landscape? When is the big one coming? An illustrated, color presentation with topics including plate tectonics, continental drift, fault activity, the origin of volcanoes, and the geologic future of California. Dr. Lynch’s book, “Field Guide to the San Andreas Fault,” is available at the Nature Center. At ABDNHA Library; call to reserve or www.abdnha.org. NM $12; M $10; V $8. See related field trip on March 26.
Mar. 26, Sun., 8:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Tour: The San Andreas Fault, Salton Sea Geothermal Field & Salton Buttes
Leader: David K. Lynch, Ph.D.

Field trip (approx.. 100 miles total) to geological features related to the San Andreas Fault, including the Salton Buttes volcanoes, geothermal mud pots and mud volcanoes, and Salt Creek where we will see and actually stand on the San Andreas Fault! The tour includes views of the Salton Sea and migratory birds, and involves leisurely drives, some on well graded dirt roads, and light walking—no 4WD or serious hiking is required. Meet at ABDNHA. Call or online to reserve. Meet ABDNHA. NM $25; M $20; V $18. See related lecture on March 25.

Mar. 27, Mon., 8:00 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Hike: Pacific Crest Trail from Barrel Spring
Leader:
Robin Halford

This is is an 11.2 mile fairly strenous hike.  The Pacific Crest Trail from Barrel Springs to Scissors Crossing is 24 miles, too long for a half day hike.  Robin has divided part of the PCT into shorter sections and this hike includes the ten miles at the northern end. There is a very steep drop-off in one area than may be scary for someone with a fear of heights. We wil look for springs flowers and possibly meet some hikers headed to Canada.

This hike will be done as a car shuttle.  Meet on S2 at mile 10.3 (5.9 miles south of S22/6.1 miles north of Scissors crossing.)  From here we will carpool to the Barrel Springs trailhead.



Mar. 27, Mon., 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
The Flat-Tailed Horned Lizard
Presenter: Craig Fischer - Ocotillo Wells Environmental Specialist - Researcher

The flat-tailed horned lizard (Phrynosoma mcallii) is a particularly cryptic species of horned lizard found throughout much of the Borrego Valley. Its camouflage makes it incredibly difficult to find, making research a challenging prospect! For over 30 years people have found the courage to dredge through the vicious summer heat to better understand this animal’s ecology. Range limitation, habitat stressors, and range reduction all contribute to Fish and Wildlife’s declaration of the flat-tailed horned lizard as a species of special concern, and help inform the conservation focus on this animal. Let’s explore what known and unknown factors guide this incredible animal through its Borrego Valley world and beyond!  At the ABDNHA Library; call to reserve or www.abdnha.org.  This program is no charge but seating is limited and preregistration is required.  Please call the Nature Center, 760-767-3098, to register.

Mar. 30, Thur., 8 a.m. – 10 a.m.
Weekly Thursday Bird Walk: Introduction to Desert 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 and volunteers: no charge; Nonmembers: $5 donation requested.


Apr. 1, Sat., 6 a.m. – 9 a.m.
Sunrise Hike: Truckhaven Rocks
Leader: Terry Hunefeld, ABDNHA Volunteer

Hundreds of peaks and ridges of the Borrego Badlands cast their shadows across golden hills and sand-colored arroyos every sunrise. Witness this spectacle before we hike a little-known trail through amazing slot canyons and fantastic sedimentary deposits thrust to extreme angles by seismic forces millions of years ago. In addition, we’ll look for poppies, primrose, phacelia, lupine, and lilies. A 2.5 mile, moderate hike. Bring water, hiking shoes, snacks, camera; hiking poles & binoculars helpful. No charge, space limited, call reserve. Meet at 6 a.m. at the U-shaped (2-entrance) pullout behind the blue emergency “346” Telephone Box sign on the right (south) side of S-22 (mile marker 34.6). 2WD okay.
Apr. 2, Sun., 8 a.m. (if leaving from Borrego Springs), or 9:15 a.m. (meeting at Anza), until 4:00 p.m.
Tour the Historic Cary Ranch (La Puerta)
Guides: Reena Deutsch, Dick Cary

Visit the Cary Ranch atop Coyote Canyon in Anza. Designated as a California Historical Landmark and not open to the public, the 160-acre ranch was formerly (1) a Cahuilla Indian village site, (2) on the route of Juan Bautista de Anza’s 1770s expeditions, and (3) the home of cattleman Fred Clark and rancher Art Cary. Dick Cary will be our guide and will fill our day with his spirited stories about growing up on the ranch. We’ll see the San Carlos Pass, described in Anza’s and Font’s diaries; many morteros; Cahuilla rock art; artifacts found on the ranch; ruins of Fred Clark’s adobe home; and Art and Vi Cary’s ranch house, still as it was during the 1940s. Wear comfortable walking shoes for standing and walking slowly with many stops no more than one mile on uneven, sometimes vegetated and rocky terrain. An optional stop includes ascending moderately steep boulders for a very short distance. Limited to 20 people. Nonmembers $40; ABDNHA Members $30; Volunteers $25. Call the Borrego Desert Nature Center to reserve, 760-767-3098. Payment will be requested at the time of reservations. Because of the special nature of this activity and the limited number of participants, this is a non-refundable activity.    
 
Wear or bring layered clothing, including a jacket and rain gear. The weather in Anza is unpredictable at this higher elevation of 4,000 feet. All vehicles are okay. Bring water, snacks, and lunch. Lunch may remain in the vehicle during the morning.
 
We Meet at 9:15 a.m. at the Cahuilla Creek Casino (CCC) parking lot nearest the lot entrance.  Directions: From Borrego Springs, drive up Montezuma Grade (S22), turn right at S2, and then turn right onto Route 79. In Aguanga, turn right onto Route 371. The CCC lot is 11 miles further on the south side of Route 371. Carpools from Borrego Springs to the CCC leave from the ABDNHA Nature Center at 8 a.m., so arrive by 7:40 if you plan to carpool. From CCC, all vehicles will caravan about 12 miles to the Cary Ranch.   Maximum 20

Call the Nature Center to reserve your spot.

 
Apr. 5, Wed., 8 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Hike: Cool Canyon, with Kathy Bussey.

Cool Canyon’s north-south orientation, rare in Anza-Borrego, provides for more shade, hence the name. Also cool is the diversity of rock types. From the base of Granite Mountain, we’ll head up-canyon about one mile, a moderate hike with some minor climbing challenges in the form of dry waterfalls. Bring water, lunch/snack, hiking boots. Meet at ABDNHA, from where we’ll carpool 35 minutes to the trailhead with limited parking. No charge; call to reserve.




#BorregoInSpringtime is an online celebration of the Anza-Borrego Desert in Springtime.  This is a community-wide event, open to all, sponsored by ABDNHA.

With Smartphone camera technology improving by leaps and bounds each year and with just about everyone using social media we kick off something new: an online photography event limited exclusively to Smartphones and tablets.

It's simple and easy to be a part of it, and fun for all, regardless of your skill level. 
Android or Iphone or whatever else?  You are all welcome here. CLICK FOR MORE INFO 


Recurring events
The following events are held several times during the desert season


ABDNHA Weekly Birding Walk  Every Thursday: Introduction to Desert 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 and volunteers: no charge; Nonmembers: $5 donation requested.


ABDNHA Weekly Bike Ride: Fridays at 9:00 AM
December - March
Bike rentals are available from Bike Borrego

Leader: Al Dumas, ABDNHA Volunteer 
No charge, 12-20 miles social ride. Meet at Bike Borrego, south side of The Mall.

Borrego Stargazing Program

Presenters: Astronomer Dr. Jim and Grace Rickard

Identify the constellations in our clear desert skies. Telescopes provided for observing objects such as the Orion nebula and the Andromeda galaxy. Bring binoculars if you have them and warm clothes.  Sponsored by ABDNHA, no charge, reservations not 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. Cancelled in case of heavy cloud cover.

 

  

       
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