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Some programs allow online registration.
See program descriptions.

You can also call to register
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Visit us at the ABDNHA
Desert Nature Center
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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
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ABDNHA  Membership
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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
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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

 

 

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. 9, 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 
Feb. 10, Fri. 9 a.m. – 11 a.m.

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.

Feb. 10, Fri., 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.
The Work of W. Morlin Childers, Paleontologist & Archeologist
Presenters: Edgar Bernal Sevilla (IVC Museum) & Linda Gilbert (ABDSP Paleo Society)
Morlin Childer made an impact on the studies of paleontology and archaeology in our region through the formation of the Barker Museum (Imperial Valley College Museum) and major research in the Anza-Borrego and Yuha deserts. With the recent return of his invertebrate collection to ABDSP and personal papers and archaeological collections to the IVDM, we will weave together the story of his discoveries. Please bring any stories about Childers or memorabilia to share! Call to reserve or at abdnha.org. NM $12, M$10, V$8.
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Feb. 11, Sat., 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. (includes travel time to/from Borrego Springs)
Tour the Imperial Valley Desert Museum
Guides: Anne Morgan & Edgar Bernal Sevilla

Our tour begins at 10:30 a.m. at the Imperial Valley Desert Museum, 11 Frontage Road, Ocotillo, CA. Allow 1.5 hours from Borrego Springs to the museum. The IVDM is a new facility in the heart of the Yuha Desert housing outstanding displays of Native American life and artifacts collected from within the Imperial Valley. Bring lunch and eat together on the museum patio. Allow 45-60 minutes for our tour, and then explore on your own. Photos permitted. Travel to the IVDM on your own and meet there at 10:30 a.m. No charge, but donations to the IVDM & ABDNHA are appreciated. To register, call ABDNHA at 760-767-3098.

Feb. 11, Sat., 8:30 a.m. – Noon
Hike & Write! Glorietta Canyon
Leader: Amy Brewster, Naturalist & Writer

"I only went for a walk, and finally concluded to stay out till sundown, for going out, I found I was really going in." --John Muir. Join Amy on an easy walk/hike under three miles. Ramble to a beautiful spot to enjoy what the desert has to offer and then spend time writing whatever may flow from our pens to paper. Option to share our reading to each other to conclude our outing. Bring writing materials, and if at all possible small back-packing chair or sitting pad. Limit 10; no charge; call to reserve.
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 

 
Feb. 15, Wed., 8 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Hike: Cool Canyon
Leader: Kathy Bussey, ABDNHA Volunteer

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.
Wednesday - Each Week
Leader: Pat Matthews
Special notice : Weed Walks!
One of the many ways you can help control the spread of invasive Volutaria is to learn to recognize the plant along the roads of Borrego Springs, in Anza Borrego Desert State Park, and in your own back yard.   Weekly Weed Walks on Wednesday mornings. Meet in the ABDNHA parking lot next to Carlee's at 8am.

Feb. 16, 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.
Feb. 17, Fri. 9 a.m. – 11 a.m.

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.
FOCUS WEEKEND: AGRICULTURAL HISTORY & FARM TOUR
Feb. 17, Fri., 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
History of Agriculture in Borrego Springs
Presenter: Amy Brewster, Historian, Writer

Imagine a Borrego Valley that once looked like a Garden of Eden, with hundreds of acres planted in grapes, dates, and alfalfa—along with a community of hard-working people dreaming of a second Imperial Valley. Follow the evolution of agriculture in Borrego, from its beginnings of a few ranches with less than 100 acres, through the era of DiGiorgio’s Borrego Farms, 2,500 acres at its peak. Amy holds a Masters in U.S. History and enjoys researching and writing about local history. NM $12, M $10, V $8. Reserve at abdnha.org or 760-767-3098. See agriculture tour on Feb. 18.
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Feb. 18, Sat., 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Farm Smart Tour: UC Desert Research & Extension Center, Holtville, Ca.


The center conducts agricultural research and education in the Imperial Valley desert—specializing in vegetable crops and developing programs to address current challenges in desert agriculture. This special field trip features a hay-wagon field tour of the research center and a presentation about the top ten crops of the Imperial Valley. The fun and fascinating tour includes a “U-Pick” fresh vegetable garden, where we will pick our own vegetables to take home, plus a salad bar lunch is included. Meet at ABDNHA at 8:45 a.m. to get directions, map, and arrange carpooling. Call to reserve, 760-767-3098, or www.abdnha.org. NM $50; M $35; V $35.
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Feb. 18, Sat., 7:30 p.m.
Stargazing: Borrego’s Dark Skies!
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, blankets and chairs optional. Sponsored by ABDNHA, there is no charge or reservations necessary for this excellent program. Park at the Lutheran Church, located on Church Lane. Cancelled in case of heavy cloud cover.
Feb. 19, Sun., 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Hike: Oyster Shell Loop
Leader: ABDNHA Volunteer Fred Melgert

This is an adventurous and strenuous 7.2 mile, 5 hour loop hike for advanced hikers with an elevation gain of 1,000 feet. Expect steep and sometimes slippery terrain, navigating around huge dry falls. The reward is an unforgettable hike in the most stunning part of Fish Creek. A hiking pole is absolutely required for this hike, along with other prerequisites of good boots, food, and enough water for at least 5 hours of hiking. Entering Fish Creek north fork requires ground clearance. No charge, call or come in to reserve. Limited to 14 people. Meet at ABDNHA and carpool from there.
Feb. 20, Mon., President’s Day, 6 a.m. – 9 a.m.
Anza-Borrego Sunrise Hike on Lute Ridge
Leader: Terry Hunefeld, ABDNHA Volunteer

The low rolling hills of Lute Ridge is an excellent spot to see the results of earth movement, by the Clark Fault that runs beneath it. Hike the gentle slope of the ridge while enjoying bold shadows across the Santa Rosa Mts.—perfect lighting for photography. Moderate 2.5 mile hike. Bring water, hiking shoes, snacks, camera, hiking poles & binoculars are helpful. Meet at 6 a.m. at the wide pullout on the left (north) side of S-22 (mile-marker 30.9 on Hwy S-22) leaving half the vehicles there and shuttling the other vehicles to the next pullout a mile beyond. 2WD okay. No charge, limit 12, call to reserve.
Feb 21 -
special 4WD trip today to Billowy Overlook for a limited number of ABDNHA volunteers only.  If you are an ABDNHA volunteer, call 760-767-3098

Feb. 21, Tue., 9 a.m. – Noon
Hike: Henrietta Canyon
Leader: Lance Holmberg, ABDNHA Volunteer

Never heard of Henrietta Canyon? That’s Lance's "just for fun" moniker for Glorietta’s bigger, more rugged sister, a beautiful and intriguing route, less traveled than the well-known Glorietta hike. It is a more strenuous hike, about 6.5 miles in length that involves some boulder scrambling with patches of thorny brush. Includes a splendid place for lunch, great views and botanical finds—ironwood tree, desert apricot, and the less common fishhook cactus. Bring food, water, proper footwear. Meet at the ABDNHA. High-clearance 2WD okay. No charge, space limited, call to reserve, 760-767-3098.
Feb. 22, Wed., 2 p.m.
Borrego Rock & Gem Club Meeting

At ABDNHA Activity Room.

Wednesday - Each Week
Leader: Pat Matthews
Special notice : Weed Walks!
One of the many ways you can help control the spread of invasive Volutaria is to learn to recognize the plant along the roads of Borrego Springs, in Anza Borrego Desert State Park, and in your own back yard.   Weekly Weed Walks on Wednesday mornings. Meet in the ABDNHA parking lot next to Carlee's at 8am.

Feb. 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.  
Feb. 24, Fri. 9 – 11 a.m.

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.
Feb. 24, Fri., 8:30 a.m. – 11 a.m.
Hike: Yaqui Well
Leader: Kathy Bussey, ABDNHA Volunteer

Our destination is Yaqui Well, filled with history but empty of water. On this moderately-easy 2-mile hike, we'll travel up and down a low rocky ridge covered with a profusion of cacti. On the other side we'll hike through a completely different landscape of mesquite thickets. Hiking boots essential—lots of loose rocks underfoot at the start. Bring water, hat. Meet at ABDNHA. No charge; call to reserve.
ABDNHA DESERT LECTURE SERIES
Feb. 24, Fri., 7 p.m. Meet the Speaker, 7:30 p.m. Lecture
La Rumorosa: 8,000 Years of History, Rock Art, and Culture
Speaker: Richard Carrico, Professor, American Indian Studies

A few miles south of the Mexican-U.S. border and about 40 miles east of Tecate lay Vallecitos de La Rumorosa, the “Little Valley of the Murmurs.” Known to the Kumai and Pai Pai as the “Place Where the Rocks Move,” this valley is the first national archaeological preserve and park in Baja California. First recorded in the 1920s, this beautiful valley is only now revealing its secrets. In a lecture filled with powerful evocative images, lyrical narrative, and personal anecdotes, Professor Carrico will delve into the complex history of this important site and its rich heritage. The rock art rivals some of the better cave painting of southern France and Spain. At the Borrego Springs Performing Arts Center. Seating is limited and on a first-come basis. ABDNHA Members, no charge; for nonmembers, there is a $10 fee at the door. Info: 760-767-3098.
Feb. 25, Sat., 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Hike: Agua Caliente Moonlight Canyon
Leader: Marilyn Moskowitz, ABDNHA Volunteer

This moderate hike of 3.5 miles through Agua Caliente County Park includes Squaw Peak pond, Moonlight Canyon, and Desert Overlook. Some steep parts, sandy washes, and uneven rocky ground. Bring lunch, and bathing suit if you care to dip in the hot springs developed pools afterwards. Meet at the entrance of Agua Caliente County Park, 22 miles south of Scissors Crossing on Hwy 78. No charge for the hike, but the park has a $5 vehicle entrance fee. Max: 10. Call to reserve, 760-767-3098. Feb. 25, Sat., 3 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Nature Photography with your Smartphone
Instructor: Sandy Zelasko, Wildlife Photographer


With optics and picture quality greatly improved from just a few years ago and with just about everyone carrying a smartphone, they have become the camera of choice for many people. Good photography has always been more about the photographer knowing how to get the most out of the camera than the camera itself. Join Sandy as she explains what you can do to get the best pictures out of your phone, including info about the great apps now available. At ABDNHA Library. NM $12, M $10, V $8. Call to reserve or www.abdnha.org.

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Feb. 25, Sat., 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Ireland: A Journey in Time & Place
Presenter: ABDNHA Program Director Mike McElhatton

Enjoy Irish soda bread and tea, along with photos and a bit of Irish pub music, as Mike takes you on a journey that started with his pursuit of Irish citizenship. With Mike having Irish-born grandparents, Irish law permits dual citizenship. There are twists and turns to the tale that include his experiences doing genealogy research for the first time, how that genealogy offered an unexpected view into the daily life of the 1880s in Ireland, and how the search unfolded to find the actual locations in Ireland where his grandparents lived. NM $12, M $10, V $8. Reserve online or call.

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Feb. 26, Sun., 11 a.m. – Noon
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. ABDNHA Library. NM $12, M $10, V $8. Space limited, call to reserve, 760-767-3098. See below Feb. 26, 12:30 p.m.
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 Feb. 26, Sun., 12:30 p.m. – 2 p.m.
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 for the tour separately from the lecture, because the tour is limited to 22 people. The tour includes driving to the gravel loader on Rockhouse Canyon Road by Clark Lake and an optional two-mile roundtrip walk to the site of the laboratories in the middle of the lakebed. The tour leaves ABDNHA at 12:30 p.m.
Feb. 27, Mon., 8 a.m. - Noon
Hike: Ironwood Wash Loop
Leader: Robin Halford, Hiking Book Author

This moderate 7.3-mile loop takes us though an agave forest and a recently found area with ironwood trees. Most of the walking is in washes with a low saddle at the halfway point. Meet at the beginning of the June Wash jeep road. From Scissors Crossing drive south on S2 to mile 41.5 (a distance of 23.2 miles), turn left/north on the jeep road and park. 4WD not needed. Max. 10; no charge; call to register.

Wednesday - Each Week
Leader: Pat Matthews
Special notice : Weed Walks!
One of the many ways you can help control the spread of invasive Volutaria is to learn to recognize the plant along the roads of Borrego Springs, in Anza Borrego Desert State Park, and in your own back yard.   Weekly Weed Walks on Wednesday mornings. Meet in the ABDNHA parking lot next to Carlee's at 8am.


Mar. 1, Wed., 6:30 - 7:30 pm  Free of Charge
Two Invasive Weeds in the Anza-Borrego Desert
Chris McDonald, Cooperative Extension Natural Resources Advisor
What's Voluntaria Anyway??  Wondering what all the fuss is about and how you can help prevent another invasion lke the Sahara mustard?  Come to this free talk and learn what you can do to help protect our beautiful wildflower fields. All are welcome.

Mar. 1, Wed., 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
4WD Tour: Gettysburg Canyon
Leader: Ed Pollock ABDNHA Volunteer

Join this weekday drive to Gettysburg Canyon, off Hwy S22 near the 4x4 training area, to Tectonic Gorge. Continue through the Ocotillo Wells Off Road park by way of the Cross Over Trail, to the Ocotillo Wells Park Headquarters. Bring a chair for our lunch stop. Short-wheel-based 4WD highly recommended due to tight winding canyon trails and potentially rough conditions in areas of the off road park. Ensure your vehicle is in proper working order; have a full gas tank. No charge, space limited. Call to reserve. Meet at ABDNHA at 9 a.m.


Mar . 2, 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. 3, 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.

Mar. 3, Fri., 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Hike: Inside Truckhaven Rocks
Leaders: Volunteers Mary Ekelund & Paul Larson

This is a moderate 3-mile hike up a wash into Truckhaven Rocks to a sandstone formation 4-5 million years old. The rocks are formed from sediments derived from local rock, are steeply tilted to the north, and have been called the "Swiss cheese" of our local desert. At one point 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.

Mar. 3, Fri., 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Railroad History of San Diego County
Presenter: Bruce Semelsberger, Railroad Historian, Archivist, Pacific Southwest Railway Museum

Did you know that before the American Civil War, and only 20 years after the first rails were laid on the East Coast, residents of old San Diego were striving to be the western terminus of a nationwide rail system? Eventually, in 1885, San Diego did become a terminus of sorts and a modern city was born. The next few years determined what form the city and county would take--the railroads were the skeleton around which they grew. NM $12, M $10, V$8. See also Sat., Mar. 4, for the special trip to the Pacific Southwest Railway Museum in Campo.

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Mar. 4, Sat., 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Tour, Slide Show, Train Ride: Pacific Southwest Railway Museum in Campo
Coordinator & Speaker: Reena Deutsch, Author, “San Diego & Arizona Railway, The Impossible Railroad”; and Railroad Historian Bruce Semelsberger

This day-long old-time railroad outing includes a private tour at the museum’s 37-acre grounds filled with vintage equipment and artifacts and Reena’s popular one-hour slide show on the dramatic 100-year history of the San Diego & Arizona Railway known widely as “The Impossible Railroad”. To cap it all off, you can sit back and relax to enjoy a delightful 1¼-hour roundtrip journey by rail on John Spreckels’ historic SD&A Railway through the scenic backcountry between Campo and a tunnel straddling the Mexican border. There is a limit of 25 people for this outing.
 
Meet at the 100-year old depot at the far end of the museum parking lot at 9 am. From Borrego Springs, allow 2 hours to drive Route 78 up Banner Grade, turn south onto Route 79, east onto Route 8, then take Exit 51 south onto Buckman Springs Rd. From there, follow directions to the museum at http://www.psrm.org/visitor-information/find-us/, including any specified detours. To arrange carpools among yourselves from the Nature Center, meet at 6:45 am to leave no later than 7 am. Wear comfortable walking shoes for up to 1.5 miles of stop-and-go touring by foot on graded dirt. Bring water, snacks, and picnic lunch. Picnic tables are near the parking lot so lunch can be stored in vehicles until we eat. There will be time for visiting the gift shop and exhibits. Campo, at 2800’ altitude, has unpredictable weather, so wear layered clothing.  Maximum 25 people.

Already close to full - Please Call the ABNDHA Nature Center 760-767-3098 to register for the Museum visit and train trip.
 
Mar. 4, Sat., 8:30 am – 1 p.m.
Hike: Plum Canyon, with Amy Brewster

Join us for a moderate 4-mile hike up lovely Plum Canyon, with namesake Prunus fremontii (desert apricot) found here. Interesting vegetation, good birding, and views! Bring water, snack /lunch, hat. Meet at ABDNHA. Call ABDNHA to reserve at 760-767-3098.

Mar 4, Sat., 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Picacho & the Cargo Muchachos: Gold, Guns, and Geology of Eastern Imperial County, California


Presenter: Todd A. Wirths The subtitle says it all about the harsh, raw beauty of a little-known but intriguing corner of the vast California desert. Its beckoning red and purple landscapes are bounded on the east by “Old Red,” the Colorado River, and on the west by the Algodones Sand Dunes, one of the largest sand dune complexes in North America. A drive of less than three easy hours on I-8 from San Diego brings the explorer to the ancient portals of the southeastern Chocolate Mountains and the Cargo Muchacho Mountains, guarded by the Quechan People for thousands of years and now accessible via graded dirt roads, 4WD trails, and just enough asphalt to appeal to less adventurous souls. ABDNHA Library. NM $12, M $10, V $7.


Mar. 5, Sun., 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
4WD/Hike: Dos Cabezas & China Camp
Leader: Reena Deutsch, Author, “San Diego & Arizona Railway, The Impossible Railroad”


Saturate yourself in transportation history of the southern Anza-Borrego Desert. First, take a brief tour of Dos Cabezas Station, used by the San Diego & Arizona (Eastern) Railway as a maintenance and repair station from c. 1915 until the early 1950s. Compare current ruins to photographs from its active period. We’ll pass the Dos Cabezas Mine on the way to the trailhead for our 6-mile round-trip hike to the site known as China Camp, used as an SD&A survey camp. We’ll hike at a social pace through soft sand and on an old rocky jeep road. Bring water, layered clothing, a trail lunch. High-clearance 4WD vehicle is required to drive up to 20 miles on sometimes graded, sometimes rocky dirt roads. Meet at the entrance to Mortero Wash between Mileposts 55 and 56 on S2. To arrange carpools among yourselves from the Nature Center, meet at 7:00 am to leave no later than 7:15 am. No charge; max: 20; call to reserve.
Mar. 5, Sun., 9 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Sunday Morning Flower Walk
Leader: ABDNHA Volunteer Amy Brewster

Meet Amy in the ABDNHA parking lot and drive out with her for a short hike to wherever flowers may be blooming, with desert scenery as the backdrop. Max. 23 people. Register in advance at the ABDNHA Nature Center or call 760-767-3098. 
Mar. 6, Mon., 8 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Discover Anza-Borrego
Hike: Deep in the Badlands: Part II
Leader: Dave Duncan, ABDNHA Volunteer

Explore the inner reaches of the Vallecito Badlands, slot canyons, mud arches, and fantastic overlooks. This is an easy-to-moderate hike of 2.5 miles total, with some crawling around required under and around arches where the wash is narrow. High clearance is essential, 4WD is recommended. Meet at ABDNHA. No charge. Space limited, call to reserve, 760-767-3098.
Mar. 8, Wed., 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Hike: Sombrero Peak and Palms
Leader: ABDNHA Volunteer Fred Melgert

An adventurous and strenuous 5-7 mile, about 5-6 hour hiking time, with an elevation gain of 2,000 feet up to the Sombrero Peak. Expect a short stretch of very steep terrain, and boulders. We will adjust the route according to the capabilities of the group: 5 mile/5 hours or 7 mile/6 hours. Time permitting we will visit a couple of palm oases. A hiking pole is required, along with good boots, food, & enough water for at least 6 hours of hiking. The drive up to the trailhead requires 4WD with ground clearance. Meet ABDNHA; we’ll carpool from there. Max. 14; call to reserve.
Mar. 8, Wed., BRAG Field Trip

Borrego Rock Club, Info: 760-550-2619.
Mar. 9, 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. 10, Fri., 9 a.m. – 11 a.m.

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.
Mar. 10, Fri., 9 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Easy Hike by Pam
Leader: ABDNHA Volunteer Pam Blake

If you like the idea of exploring the desert in an easy going, very non-strenuous way, then Pam’s hikes are just what you are looking for. Gather at the ABDNHA for a short hike. Destination to be announced on the day of the hike. Register at Nature Center, or call 760-767-3098.
Mar. 11, Sat., 8:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Hike: Little Surprise Canyon
ABDNHA Volunteer Kathy Bussey

This little gem of a canyon is known for its wildflowers and interesting geology. This is a moderate hike. We'll zig-zag up the canyon, scramble over a large boulder pile, and ascend and descend slopes with loose rocks underfoot. The reward is great views on our return trip along the canyon rim. Meet at ABDNHA. 2WD okay. Water, hat, hiking boots; hiking stick helpful. No charge; call to reserve.
Mar. 11, Sat., 9 a.m. – Noon
Three Desert Critters, a Morning with Biologist/Naturalist Jim Cornett

With 28 books on desert plants, birds, and other wildlife, more than 30 years of studying desert eco-systems, and scores of professional desert research projects over the years, Jim Cornett’s programs always blend scientific information with fascinating stories of his personal observations and research. This morning, Jim presents three 50-minute programs with breaks between to take a close look at three desert critters, the coyote, the desert tortoise, and the poor will. Jim’s enthusiasm for the natural world of the desert makes him one of ABDNHA’s most popular speakers. NM $25; M $20; V $18.
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Mar. 11, Sat., 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Program: Tracking the Tracks
Speaker: Jon Gilbert, ABDSP Paleontology Society

Jon describes the use of photogrammetry in the research of Anza-Borrego Desert State Park’s fossil tracks. The Paleo Society has begun creating 3D images of all known ABDSP tracks and trackways, using photogrammetry, creating 3D images that are digital models of the tracks. Tracks can then be viewed, rotated, enlarged, measured and even printed with a 3D printer, to provide an excellent record of the paleo environment and the different animals that lived and moved about in the region. At ABDNHA. NM $12, M$10, V$8. To register call us at 760-767-3098 or www.abdnha.org.
Mar. 12, Sun. 9 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Sunday Morning Flower Walk
Leader: ABDNHA Volunteer Amy Brewster

Meet Amy in the ABDNHA parking lot and drive out with her for a short hike to wherever flowers may be blooming, with desert scenery as the backdrop. Max. 23 people. Register in advance at the ABDNHA Nature Center or call 760-767-3098. 


Mar. 12, Sun., 10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Desert Landscaping - In a Pot
Instructor: Mike Evans, Tree of Life Nursery

Last year Mike conducted a very popular program in the ABDNHA garden where he created a desert scene using small plants, rocks, and other natural items in a large clay pot. This year everyone gets to create their own landscape in a pot. Join Mike in the ABDNHA Garden as he shares landscaping tips and his personal philosophy of garden design as you create your very own desert landscaped pot. Bring your own clay or ceramic pot, about 14 inches wide and no more than six inches deep. We will have everything else you need, but if you want, you can bring a few small rocks, small sticks, and whatever natural items you might want to include in your design. We will also have a stockpile of materials for you to choose from. Mike will be bringing an assortment of small plants, and potting soil. It’s all included in the price, you just need to bring the pot. NM $40; M$35; V$32. Call or reserve online.

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Mar. 13, Mon., 9 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Hike: San Felipe Valley Hike
Leader: Joan Malone

Take a 4-5 mile easy to moderate hike in a beautiful valley along the San Felipe Creek. Bring water, snack, good hiking shoes. Meet at the parking area by Mile Marker 10 on Hwy S2 (San Felipe Road). From there we will set up a car shuttle to the trailhead. Be willing to carpool. No charge; call to reserve.

March 15-17
Desert Birding Festival

 
Mar. 17, 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.

Mar. 18, Sat., 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
ABDNHA Desert Garden Tour

Tour seven private gardens in Borrego Springs, several with open houses.
 
Mar. 19, Sun., 9 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Meet Amy in the ABDNHA parking lot and drive out with her for a short hike to wherever flowers may be blooming, with desert scenery as the backdrop. Max. 23 people. Register in advance at the ABDNHA Nature Center or call 760-767-3098.
Mar. 22, Wed., 8 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Hike: Mine Wash Loop
Leader: ABDNHA Volunteer Fred Melgert

This 6 mile, 3 hour loop hike will enter one of the best parts of the Mine Wash area. The terrain is varied as we gain 1,000 feet in elevation. Expect to go partially cross-country with some small boulders and scrubs. This can be is a good place for flowers. A hiking pole is required, as are good boots, food, and enough water for at least 4 hours of hiking. Meet at ABDNHA and carpool from there. Max. 14 people.

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.

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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
-- 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., 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. NM $12; M $10; V $8

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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.

Apr. 10, Monday, 8:00 See Start Location below
Hike Whale Peak

Leader: Ed Pollock
This is a challenging hike, with some conditions rated hard.  Whale is one of San Diego Counties tallest peaks at 5349' elevation.  The view from the top makes the challenge worth the effort.  Hike is approximately 5.5 round trip miles with a 1700 foot elevation gain requiring 4 to 5 hours to complete,  Return will be on the same path as the ascent. Trailhead is on the North side off Pinyon Mountain Rd.  Immediately there is a long rugged boulder scramble and then all up hill.  Expect more challenges along the way up.  Lunch will be at the peak, there are large rock areas offering wind protection. Hike is limited to 15 participants.  We will be joined by several experienced Whale Peakers whom will be available for assistance and non-marked trail navigation.  Bring a camera, lunch, gloves are suggested. Hiking sticks might be helpful in some areas but should be able to pack away for hands free boulder scrambling. Carry plenty of water for the trip, good hiking boots, hat and layered clothing, generally 10', or more, cooler on top and always windy. This is a rugged hike and not recommended for those with medical, joint, hip or back problems.  You are the judge of your own health and physical condition.

Start Location:  Meet 8 A.M. on Pinyon Mountain Rd (some maps/programs list this as Pinyon Valley Rd.) off Hwy S2, just South of Stage Trail campground on the east side Shelter Valley area.   We will meet in the parking area just a short distance on the right.  The desert road to the trailhead is good for high clearance vehicles,  4wd helpful but not required.  We should be able to car pool those who do not have appropriate vehicles.  Rain and or snow will cancel hike.




#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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