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Please note that beginning with the 2015-2016
desert season credit cards will be charged at the time
reservations are made.
Refunds will be processed
only if reservations are cancelled 72 hours in advance of the
Desert Tours and Hikes
vehicle in good operating condition with a full tank of gas. Know if 4WD is
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.
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
someone where you are going and when you will return.
members support the educational work of the Anza-Borrego Desert
Natural History Association and provide tourism services in
Their support is appreciated.
590 Palm Canyon Drive
590 Palm Canyon Drive
15, Sun. 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
4WD Trip: Canyon Sin Nombre
Trip Leader: ABDNHA
Volunteer Ed Pollock
Join Ed Pollock for this journey
though beautiful Canyon Sin Nombre and Arroyo Tapiado in the southern
part of Anza-Borrego Desert State Park. Bring your lunch for this full
day of 4WD exploring. Our actual route may change depending upon road
conditions. Meet at the ABDNHA Library, and we will carpool from there.
Be sure to have a full tank of gas, plenty of water, lunch, and a
jacket. Folding chair for lunch is optional. No charge, but space
limited. Call ABDNHA Nature Center 760-767-3098 to register. Please be
willing to carpool as number of cars is limited.
Nov. 17, Tue., 8 a.m.
– 4:30 p.m.
Hike: The Domelands—the Other Wind Caves
Volunteer Dave Duncan
Join us for a 6-mile, strenuous
round-trip hike through the Domelands in the Coyote Mountains
for stunning views of the Carrizo Corridor, Fish Creek
Mountains, and Vallecito Badlands. The area was once a
near-shore marine environment rich in marine fossils. The wind
caves themselves are "fossilized" beach dunes. Explore the
mysterious fossil mounds and make your own conclusions. High
clearance vehicle is advised, and start with a full tank of gas.
Bring a lunch, snacks, and plenty of water! Meet at the ABDNHA
Nature Center, and we will carpool from there. NM $15; M $8; V
$7. Call to reserve, 760-767-3098.
Nov. 18, Wed., 9 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Hike: Yaqui Well
Leader: ABDNHA Volunteer Kathy Bussey
This 1.6-mile round-trip 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. The trail surface is rocky
and uneven in the beginning, then becomes flat. The return
trip is via a sandy road. Hiking boots are essential.
Meet at the ABDNHA Nature Center. No charge; space limited; call
Nov. 19, Thur., 8 a.m. – 10 a.m.
ABDNHA Weekly Bird Walk
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. Repeats on Thursdays.
|| Nov. 20, Fri., 6:30
p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Living in Earthquake Country
Presenter: Joe Migliore
Preparing for the next “big one.” It is inevitable that the ground we
live on will shake violently and destructively during the next great
earthquake in Southern California. See dramatic animations illustrating
how faults have created the spectacular valley landscape and what can be
expected when the southern San Andreas Fault or other related faults let
loose again. Takes place at the ABDNHA Library. Register online
www.abdnha.org or call the Nature
Center 760-767-3098 to reserve. NM $12; M $10; V $7.
Nov. 21, Sat., 9
a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Hike: Seventeen Palms
Hike Leader: Scott Turner
This free-form cross-country route of 2.5 miles visits a pair of
palm oases situation in the heart of the Borrego Badlands.
Starting from the Seventeen Palms oasis, we'll stop by the
Prospector's Mailbox and get the latest news before crossing a
beautifully desolate landscape of mud hills framed by the
towering Santa Rosa Mountains. Midway through the route, we will
stop to pay our respects to the recently-fallen Una Palma, a
solitary palm that once stood sentinel over an otherwise
lifeless stretch of badlands. We will keep our eyes peeled for
shell fragments and other marine fossils
| as we
traverse the eroded forms carved into an ancient sea bed before
reaching the Five Palms grove. From there, we will loop back
along dirt roads to our starting point. Meet at ABDNHA and we
will carpool from there, high clearance vehicles required.
No Charge. Space limited, call to reserve.
Sat., 10 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Program & Field Trip: The Use of Native Plants
by the Kumeyaay People
Instructor: Suzanne Emery
Learn about the
Kumeyaay, the Native American People who populated the Anza-Borrego
Desert area and most of San Diego County. Become familiar with their
foods, shelters, and other cultural traits both past and present.
Following the presentation at the ABDNHA Library, we will drive 30
minutes to Mine Wash, an actual Kumeyaay village site, for a tour and
short, moderate hike. Wear sturdy shoes, bring water and a sack lunch.
Vehicle with good clearance is essential. Suzanne is a docent at the
Kumeyaay Ipai Interpretive site in Poway and has served as an
archeological site steward for the Mine Wash Cultural Preserve. No
charge; call the Nature Center 760-767-3098 to reserve
Nov. 21, Sat.,
6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Curiosities of the California Deserts
Alan & Claudia Heller
For years, curious sites across the
California deserts have beckoned inquiring minds to discover historical
and quirky places that pique the imagination. Some are lessons in
history while others present unanswered questions. On old Route 66, the
desert traveler can find unusual roadside art and mementos left by
motorists. In the El Paso Mountains of the Mojave, the daring adventurer
can crawl through a tunnel that was hand dug by an old prospector named
Burro Schmidt. In Landers, the weary wanderer can enjoy a rejuvenating
"sound bath" in an acoustically perfect dome supposedly designed by
aliens. Join seasoned road trippers Alan and Claudia Heller as they tell
these tales and more from their recent book, “Curiosities of the
California Deserts.” NM $12; M $10; V $7.
Nov. 25, Wed., 5:30 p.m. – 8
Moonlight Walk: South Palm Wash
Leader: Mike McElhatton ,ABDNHA
Experience the unique and serene beauty of
moonlight on the canyon walls as we take an easy one-mile walk through
South Palm Wash. Meet at the ABDNHA office and carpool from there.
4WD is necessary for a short 1/10th mile off-highway-segment into the
wash. Anyone without 4WD can catch a ride for that section. Bring
a flashlight, water, and good hiking shoes. Dress for the weather. Space
is limited to 15 people. Activity will cancel with thick cloud cover or
high wind. No charge; call the Nature Center to reserve.
Thur., 8 a.m. – 10 a.m.
ABDNHA Weekly Bird Walk
Leader: David Lasley,
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. Repeats on
ABDNHA 44rd Annual Desert
Nov. 27, Fri. *Meet the Speaker & Book Singing 7 p.m.,
Lecture at 7:30
Home is Where the Hole is:
A Guide to Identifying Desert
Speaker: Pinau Merlin: Naturalist, Lecturer, Author
a walk, have you ever noticed a hole in the ground and wondered what
animal made it or whether it could be a snake hole? Holes abound in the
desert as animals seek refuge from climatic extremes and predators or
hunt for food.
Learn how to read holes and burrows to discern who made
them and exactly which animals are living in an area. Discover this
little-investigated phenomenon that presents a fascinating look into the
lives of our wildlife neighbors. Why don’t snakes make their own
burrows? Why are kit fox the only canid to live in dens year-round? Why
does a packrat gather and build a huge mound of debris? Join Pinau
Merlin, author of The Field Guide to Desert Holes, to share a peek into
the secret lives of these subterranean dwellers and discover who’s
behind all that digging.
Pinau Merlin is a naturalist, lecturer, and
the author of numerous articles and several natural history books about
the ecology of the Sonoran Desert region. Pinau is the Sonoran Desert
natural history consultant for the BBC and New Zealand Natural History
TV. She has been featured in Smithsonian and National Wildlife
magazines, among others, and on PBS and NPR. Pinau presents natural
history programs to groups throughout the US, and has taught natural
history at the University of Arizona. She is a contributing author to
The Natural History of the Sonoran Desert. Pinau is fascinated by the
adaptive strategies of animals and plants and has spent 14 years living
in wilderness areas learning the language of the wild.
Nov. 28, Sat.,
Borrego Rock & Gem Club (B.R.A.G.)
Meeting Find out about the
educational programs, trips, activities, and meetings for the upcoming
months. All welcome. Meets at the ABDNHA Library.
Nov. 28, Sat. 6:30
Astronomy in California: From Observatories to Space
Leader: Astronomer Scott Kardel
Kardel, astronomy professor at Palomar College, will take us on an
engaging, visual journey across California’s astronomical history, the
distant universe, and a look at what is to come. Since the 1880s,
California has been a leader in the exploration of our universe. The
Golden State has been home to numerous world-class telescopes and to the
astronomers who used them to make to the biggest astronomical
discoveries of the twentieth century. The frontiers of known space will
continue to be probed thanks to California-based efforts which continue
the robotic exploration of our solar system and are bringing about a new
age of super telescopes. Register online
www.abdnha.org or call the Nature Center 760-767-3098 to reserve. NM
$12, M 10, V $7.
Nov. 29, Sun. 8 a.m.—4 p.m.
Hike: Andrade Canyon.
Leader: ABDNHA Volunteer Fred Melgert
This 5-hour, 9-mile adventurous
in-and-out hike enters the steep Andrade canyon, a spectacular rugged
and narrow canyon that drains into Fish Creek. This is a very strenuous
hike and will pass numerous dry falls, a mud hill and boulders, the
elevation gain is 700 feet. A hiking pole is required, along with other
prerequisites of good boots, food, and enough water for at least five
hours of hiking. It's a one-hour drive south and a 2-mile dirt road to
our starting point, good ground clearance is required. We meet at ABDNHA
and carpool from there. Maximum 10 people for this hike. No charge, call
Dec. 3, Thur., 8 a.m. – 10 a.m.
ABDNHA Weekly Bird Walk
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. Repeats on Thursdays.
5, Sat., 4 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Annual ABDNHA Famous CHILI FEST
You 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. For non-members, any receipt for a purchase
from our Nature Center dated Dec. 5, 2015, 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
Dec. 6, Sun. 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. (See below for the starting
4WD & Hike: Devil’s Canyon, In-Ko-Pah Mountains
Naturalist Karyn Sauber
The road from Yuma to San Diego was never an
easy route in the early days. There are a myriad of historic trails and
roads slicing through the gorge between Ocotillo and where the Desert
Tower sits looking down on Mountain Springs. Discover the history of
the old 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.
begins at 9:00 a.m., and it meets at and ends at Ocotillo Community
Park, located on S-2 just north of Hwy 8. To reach the town of Ocotillo,
allow 1 hour & 20 minutes from Borrego Springs, or two hours from San
Diego. 4WD is essential. Please let us know if you can take additional
passengers to facilitate carpooling.
Bring a daypack with lunch and
water. Wear sturdy hiking shoes, hat and sunscreen. Much of the walking
is in soft sand. Call the Nature Center to reserve at 760-767-3098 or
reserve online: www.abdnha.org.
Please sign up early, trip requires a minimum of 12. Nonmember $35;
ABDNHA Member $25; ABDNHA Volunteer $23.
Dec. 7, Mon., 8 a.m. – 11
Hike: Zig-Zag Canyon Loop
Leader: Robin Halford
Explore the west
side of Grapevine Mountain. While most of the hiking is moderate on this
3.1-mile loop, there is some bouldering in the canyon and a short steep
section that will take us up to the Pacific Crest Trail. We will follow
the PCT and enjoy the wonderful views. The meeting place for our hike is
0.6 miles north of Scissors Crossing; park on the west side of Highway
S2. Bring sturdy shoes, water, hat, sunscreen, snack, lunch. Maximum 10
hikers, call ABDNHA Nature Center 760-767-3098 to reserve.
Thur., 8 a.m. – 10 a.m.
ABDNHA Weekly Bird Walk
Leader: David Lasley,
See Oct. 29 for details.
Dec. 11, Fri., 8:30 a.m. –
Hike the Slot and Wind Caves
Leaders: Naturalists Mike and
Join us for a fascinating walk into the Borrego Badlands.
Before entering the slot canyon, we will make a short detour for a close
look at some intriguing wind caves. This is a moderate 3-mile loop trip.
Have hat, water, and sturdy shoes. Meet at the Nature Center. Call
760-767-3098 to reserve.
Dec. 11, Fri., 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Paleontology and 3D Photography
Presenters: Jon Gilbert & Tom Spinks,
ABDSP Paleontology Society
Learn how 3D Photography is being used in
Anza-Borrego Desert State Park to identify ancient fossils. A very
interesting program with lots of visuals, and some hands-on of the new
3D photogrammetry technology and an example of its application. Register
online www.abdnha.org or call us at
760-767-3098 to reserve. NM $12, M $10, V $7.
Dec. 12, Sat. B.R.A.G.
firstname.lastname@example.org for information about this month’s trip by the
Borrego Rock and Gem Club.
Dec. 12, Sat., 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. (Note:
Meeting at entrance to Painted Canyon)
Hike Ladder Canyon and Painted
Leader: Interpretive Guide 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. Ladder Canyon is a slot canyon with a few dry waterfalls
where good Samaritans have placed ladders making it possible for us
regular folks to negotiate.
If you’re not comfortable with ladders and
height, this may not be for you. Otherwise, enjoy a wonderful ascent to
the mesa with expansive views of the Salton Sea and mountains. We will
talk natural history along the way, a total of about 5 miles and 500
feet elevation gain. Meet at 9 a.m. at the gas station on Hightway 86 at
the junction of Avenue 66. Bring lunch, water, sunscreen, hat, jacket. Leader Joe
Migliore is a certified interpretive guide and holds a degree in zoology
from UCLA. He is active with various desert educational organizations.
Reservations required, 760-767-3098. NM $14; M $12; V $10.
Sat., 7:30 p.m.
Stargazing Program: Borrego’s Dark Skies!
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, 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.
Dec. 13, Sun., 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Sandstone Canyon Trip
Leader: ABDNHA Volunteer Ed Pollock
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 start with a full tank of gas. No charge,
space is limited; call to reserve.
Dec. 16, Wed., 8 a.m. – 10 a.m.
Hike: Glorieta Canyon
Leader: Kathy Bussey, ABDNHA Volunteer
hike in Glorieta Canyon, just outside of Borrego Springs, is a great way
to get some exercise, enjoy the scenery, and meet new friends. It’s a
moderate hike of about two miles round trip, a gradual uphill walk most
of the way with some bouldering. The trail is uneven and in some places
rather sketchy. At the top, a beautiful hidden landscape unfolds with
incredible views of the Borrego Valley and beyond to the far side of the
Salton Sea. Meet at the ABDNHA Nature Center from where we can carpool
to our location. High clearance vehicle is needed. Bring water, snack,
good walking shoes, and walking stick helpful. No charge; space limited,
call the Nature Center to reserve.
Dec. 17, Thur., 8 a.m. – 10 a.m.
ABDNHA Weekly Bird Walk
Leader: David Lasley, ABDNHA Volunteer
29 for details.
Dec. 18, Fri., 6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Series: The Geology of Iceland
Presenter: Don Barrie, Geologist,
Join Don Barrie, geology professor at San Diego Mesa
College, for a slide-show tour of Iceland geology. Don will show photo
images he took on a recent Iceland visit that illustrate key geologic
processes shaping the island. From its rugged interior ice sheets to its
flower-covered glacial plains and strange volcanic landforms, the
geology of Iceland is unique; yet, it shares certain affinities with
Anza-Borrego geology as well. Come learn why Iceland is becoming
increasingly popular among adventure travelers and tourists alike.
WARNING: There is a serious risk that viewing this program may change
your vacation plans for next summer. At the ABDNHA Library. Call to
reserve, 760-767-3098, NM $12; M $10; V $7.
Dec. 19, Sat., 6:30 p.m. -
Reptiles and Amphibians of the Anza-Borrego Desert
Lee Grismer, PhD, Herpetology
Lee Grismer grew up chasing lizards and
snakes in the Anza-Borrego Desert and discovered and described the
Sandstone Night Lizard when he was an undergraduate at SDSU. He went on
to work more than 25 years in Baja California and published a book on
its herpetofauna in 2002. For the past 20 years, he has been working in
Southeast Asia writing books on the amphibians and reptiles of Malaysia
and Singapore. For this program he comes back to Anza-Borrego, a place
that has the highest diversity of amphibians and reptiles of any of the
arid regions in the Southwest.
The complex ecology and different
habitats of Anza-Borrego have resulted in a remarkable assortment of
adaptations to survive in these complex environments. This is a rare
opportunity to learn about our native reptiles and amphibians from a
world class expert. Register online
www.abdnha.org or call the Nature Center 760-767-3098 to reserve. NM
$12; M $10; V $7. At the ABDNHA Library.
|IN FOCUS PROGRAMS
ABDNHA is proud to offer three special
"In Focus" Programs during the 2015-2016 Season. These
programs consist of multiple presentations on specific topics
|January 29 and 30, 2016
Californians: Who are we?
This special program on California history brings together a
best-selling Mexican-American author, an anthropologist
specializing in California Native Americans, a California
historian, and a genetic anthropologist to tell the story of the
human quest to explore, to venture in search of a better life,
to discover, and how all of that has come together over
thousands of years to create what is now California.
Jan. 29, Friday., 7:30 p.m. -
An Evening with author Victor Villaseñor
ABDNHA Desert Lecture Series
Performing Arts Center
limited and available on a first come first serve basis.
The lecture is free to ABDNHA members, $10 all
others, paid at door only.
Registration for the Saturday programs
does not register you for a seat at the Friday night lecture.
Victor Villaseñor is a best-selling author, San Diego native,
and North County resident. He has produced 65 short stories and
9 novels, including highly-recognized national bestsellers, Rain
of Gold and Burro Genius. His books are used in schools and
college-level classes, and his children’s books teach life
lessons for people of all ages. Victor Villaseñor is an engaging
speaker who focuses on universal themes.
In this special program, Victor tells the personal story of his
family, migrating from Mexico to California. Born in
Carlsbad, California in 1940, Victor Villaseñor was raised on a
ranch four miles north in Oceanside. Since his parents were born
in Mexico, Villaseñor spoke only Spanish when he started school.
After years of facing language and cultural barriers, heavy
discrimination and a reading problem, later diagnosed as
dyslexia, Victor dropped out of high school his junior year and
moved to Mexico. There he discovered a wealth of Mexican art,
literature, music, that helped him recapture and understand the
dignity and richness of his heritage.
to the U.S. at the age of 20. He began to feel the old
frustration and anger return as he once again witnessed the
disregard toward poor and uneducated people and especially
toward the Mexicans. Then a chance encounter with James Joyce’s
Portrait Of An Artist As A Young Man, changed Victor’s life. It
awakened a desire to confront through literature the problems
associated with his cultural heritage that continued to plague
him. After producing 9 novels, 65 short stories, and receiving
265 rejections, Villaseñor sold his first novel, Macho!, which
the Los Angeles Times compared to the best of John Steinbeck.
This began a journey that would eventually lead to the
publication of the national bestseller Rain of Gold. Used by
thousands of teachers and school systems across the nation as
required reading, Rain of Gold tells the story of Victor’s
family, taking the reader from war-torn Mexico during the
Revolution of 1910 to the present day.
Saturday January 30:
California Dreamin' : Three Programs
You may register for all three Saturday Programs at a reduced
price with an "All
Day Pass," or register for each of these programs
Jan. 30, Sat., 9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
California: The First Humans
Presenter: Manfred Knaak
Before the mid 1530s when Cortez ventured into Baja California
there were no written records of the humans who lived in and
moved through the areas that later came to be known as Baja and
Alta California. But we do have archeological records,
rock art, linguistics, and other bits and pieces of scientific
data to shed some light who those first people were and their
migrations to and from other regions. Manfred Knaak,
anthropology professor at IVC and author of "The Forgotten
Artist, Indians of Anza-Borrego and Their Rock Art" tells us
what we know about these first Californians.
Jan. 30, Sat., 10:45 a.m. - 1:45 p.m. ( with break for
Migration and Immigration:
The History of California
Mary Jo Wainwright
History Professor Mary Jo Wainwright as she tells the story of
California's history in terms of immigration and migration.
Over the years, the California Dream has taken many
different forms. For many, the dream has been the land
itself, for farming, vineyards, dairy, and ranching. For
others it was gold; and then it was oil. With America's
westward expansion and the first continental railroad it was
the promise of jobs that pulled people to California. For others
it was the opportunities of expanded trade and commerce that the
railroad brought with it. Hollywood and the movie industry
then carried the vision of the California lifestyle to millions
around the world and before long, California came to represent
sunshine, a free spirit, and an open road to the future, the
very essence of America itself. It was natural that then
new technologies of Silicon Valley were born in California.
California's residents come from within the United States
and from throughout the world. Los Angeles is considered
to be the most ethnically diverse city in America, with over 200
languages spoken among the residents. San Diego and San
Francisco are in the top ten most diverse cities. Although
immigration from Mexico gets much of the news coverage, more
than 50% of new arrivals have come from Asia in some recent
Jan. 30, Sat., 6:30 p.m. -
Genetic Research and the Story of Early Human
Presenter: Amy Non Ph.D.
Dr. Non is a molecular anthropologist with a wide background of
research, scientific writing, and teaching, at Vanderbelt
University and now UCSD, where she is a professor of
For this final program in our series
we go far back in
time, hundreds of thousands of years before the first human ever
stepped into the place we know as California. It is a
fascinating story that reveals how humans have been on the move
since the earliest days of our existence. Migration
is truly in our genes. Dr. Non will explain how genetic
research is helping us to track the pathways of very early human
Feb. 5, Fri., 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Presenters: Imperial Valley
Vegetable Growers Association
Did you know that 69% of the carrots consumed in America
come from California? For garlic it’s 95% , 89% for cauliflower,
and 99% for walnuts. Small family farms still exist, but for the
most part, California agriculture is business on a massive
scale. As with all industries, technology is bringing rapid
change. And then there are the water issues. In this special
program we focus on Agriculture in California, the scale of it,
large enough to feed our nation, the new technologies that are
shaping the industry, the use of water, and what the future
might look like.
Feb. 6, Sat., 9:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Farm Smart Tour: UC Desert Research & Extension Center,
Presenters: UC Division of Agriculture &
Join us for this special field trip to the University of California Desert
Research and Extension Center in Holtville, Ca., where we go on
an old-fashioned hay ride to see the latest in agricultural
research taking place. The Center conducts agricultural research
and education in the Imperial Valley desert and specializes in
vegetable crops, alfalfa, desert cattle feeding, irrigation and
drainage management, and pest management. The Center develops
programs to address current challenges in these areas.
The FARM SMART tours feature a hay wagon field tour of the
research center. The tour also includes an informative “Top 10
Crops of the Valley” presentation. FARM SMART has a“u-pick”
fresh vegetable garden for visitors to take home produce. A
salad bar lunch is served. We even get to pick our own vegetables to
take home. Register now to reserve your spot
for this fun and educational program!
|Details to be posted by mid-December 2015.
Yes, it’s all
about the birds for these four days in March, normal peak
migration time for Swainson’s Hawks and other migratory birds
that pass through Borrego. We’ll have interesting evening
programs on Swainson’s Hawks; The Marvels and Mysteries of Bird
Migrations; Burrowing Owl Research; and The Ancient Birds of
Anza-Borrego. During the daytime there will be birding field
trips to keep you busy, along with fun times to enjoy the
company of your fellow birders. The full schedule will be on the
ABDNHA website by early November.