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To Register for Programs

Some programs allow online registration.
See program descriptions.

You can also call to register
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Visit us at the ABDNHA
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352 Palm Canyon Drive
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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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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
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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.

 





 

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.

Jan. 13, Fri., 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Focus on the Salton Sea

By Save Our Sea (SOS) Presenters: Kerry Morrison and Giovanni Arechavaleta

In this special two-hour program, we will take a look at the fascinating biology of the Salton Sea, the life that it supports, the plants, fish, birds, mammals, as well as the important life that is too small to see with the naked eye. Following the presentation is a discussion about the most recent plans to address the declining water levels and increased salinity, and the risks faced by both humans and wildlife if no action is taken.

General Public $12, ABDNHA Members $10, ABDNHA Volunteers $8. Register online or call 760-767-3098.
THIS PROGRAM IS FULL

Jan. 14, Sat., 8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Hike & Write  Kenyon Overlook

Leader: Amy Brewster, ABDNHA Volunteer


Join naturalist and writer Amy Brewster on an easy walk & hike of about one mile.  We will 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. Max 10 people. No charge.  Bring writing materials and if at all possible small back-packing chair or sitting pad. Call 760-767-3098 to reserve your spot.

Jan. 14, Sat., 9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. includes driving time to Wildlife Research Institute
Ramona Hawk Watch

Leaders: Hal Cohen & Wildlife Research Institute

Join us as we carpool to Ramona to participate in the WRI’s weekly winter hawk watch, with Hal Cohen as our leader. On site (11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.) includes a special program about WRI’s research and a break for lunch. Nineteen species of raptors have been observed from this location, including Golden Eagles, wintering Ferruginous Hawks, Red-Tailed Hawks, Prairie Falcons, and Red-Shouldered Hawks. NM $15; M $12; V $10. You have your choice of packing your own lunch or having Hebrew National hot dogs cooked over an outdoor grill by WRI (extra $4 - $6 paid at lunch).

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Jan. 14, Sat., 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
California Desert Parks & Remarkable Species that Call them Home

Presenter: David Lamfrom, Director, California Desert & National Wildlife Programs

Explore the wildest corner of the American West with David Lamfrom, advocate and photographer, who will discuss the beautiful desert parklands and the amazing species that inhabit them. Topics will include specially adapted species, reptiles, desert birds, and ancient desert plants.  

General Public $12, ABDNHA Members $10, ABDNHA Volunteers $8.  Register online or 760-767-3098.
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Jan. 15, Sun., 6:30 a.m. – 7: 30 p.m. (includes travel time)
Trip: The Ultimate Salton Sea Birding Day

Leader: Hal Cohen, ret. Biology Professor

THIS PROGRAM IS NOW FULL
This is the ultimate Salton Sea birding trip.  Join experienced birding guide Hal Cohen for this exciting full day, during peak birding season, of the very best birding at the Salton Sea. The Sea has more diversity of bird life than any other location in the U.S.  Birders come from around the world to see the display of bird life here. We’ll depart Borrego at 6:30 a.m. and spend 10 hours leisurely birding the Sea.  Sunset at the Sea can be very exciting, when hundreds of cormorants and ibis seek evening shelter in trees near the Sea. We'll also have time to hike to some birding hotspots known to Hal. Dinner option: Either return home or join Hal to discuss the day’s events over dinner (not included in price) at a local restaurant.

Meet at ABDNHA, and carpool from there. Bring a hat, binoculars or scope, good walking shoes, water, lunch, snacks. Limited to 16.  Call to reserve. NM $40, M $30, V $25.


Jan. 16, Mon., 6 a.m. – 9 a.m.
Sunrise Hike: To Font’s Point

Leader: Terry Hunefeld, ABDNHA Volunteer

Join us for a spectacular sunrise over the Borrego Badlands while hiking along two of the most scenic overlooks in the Anza Borrego desert: Font’s Point & Inspiration Point.  We’ll hike near the cliff edge offering splendid views of the multihued badlands below. Watch the canyons, hills and peaks below change colors and contrast as they receive the first rays of the sun. A 2.5-mile moderate hike. Bring water, good hiking shoes, snacks, camera. Hiking poles and binoculars helpful. Meet at 6 a.m. at the entrance to Font’s Point Wash (mile marker 29.3 on Hwy S-22) and carpool to Font’s Point with participants driving 4X4 vehicles.  Max. 12 people. No charge,  Call ABDNHA Nature Center 760-767-3098 to register.
 
Jan. 18, Wed., 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Hike: Desert Garden Loop

Leader: Joan Malone
Take a 5-6 mile moderate hike that includes an overlook above Ocotillo Flats Canyon, and then we will find a route to get to entrance of the same canyon on the latter part of the hike. Bring water, lunch, good hiking shoes, dress for the weather. Meet at the end of pavement on San DiGiorgio Road, from where we will carpool up Coyote Canyon to the limited Desert Garden parking area. 4WD recommended. No charge. Call ABDNHA Nature Center 760-767-3098 to register.
 
Jan. 19, Thur., 8 a.m. – 10 a.m.
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.
 
Jan. 20, Fri. 9 a.m. – 11 a.m.
ABDNHA Weekly Bike Ride ( Late Dec - March)
Leader: Al Dumas, ABDNHA Volunteer 
No charge, 12-20 miles social ride. Meet at Bike Borrego, south side of The Mall.
 
Jan. 21, Sat., 8:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.    
Hike: Hellhole Canyon Ridge Trail

Leader: Amy Brewster, Naturalist
Join Amy Brewster for this moderately strenuous approx. 6-mile hike along Hellhole Canyon Ridge.  This trail was used,
for going out,  by Indians and cattlemen coming to and from Culp Valley.  It offers excellent views of Borrego Valley and Indian Head as well as a diversity of desert vegetation. Bring water, snack /lunch, binoculars, and hiking poles.  Call ABDNHA Nature Center 760-767-3098 to register.
Jan. 21, Sat., 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Petrified Woods from the Colorado River Delta

Presenter: Tom Spinks, Anza-Borrego Desert State Park Paleontology Society.

The petrified wood found in the Colorado River delta region has been studied in some detail by both state park and academic scientists. These studies give answers to questions frequently asked about the fossil woods regarding their origin, composition, age, and taxonomy. The presentation includes the major finding of the studies and incorporates advances by the recent USGS study of how the lower Colorado River initially developed.  This information guides future research on the petrified woods found in the ABDSP. 

NM$12, M$10, V$8.  Register: 760-767-3098 or www.abdnha.org, or at the Nature Center.

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Jan. 21, Sat., 7:30 p.m.
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.
 
Jan. 22, Sun., 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Hike: Stone Wash Loop

Leader: ABDNHA Volunteer Fred Melgert
This is a strenuous 5-6 mile, 4-5 hour loop hike with an elevation gain of 400 feet. Stone Wash is an unexpected, stunning, hidden high-walled canyon in the Fish Creek area.  Entering Fish Creek North Fork requires ground clearance and 4X4 vehicle.  A hiking pole is required, as are good boots, food, and enough water for at least 5 hours of hiking. Meet at ABDNHA and carpool from there. Limit 14 people. No charge. Good physical condition and registration required,  Call ABDNHA Nature Center 760-767-3098 to register..
 
Jan. 25, Wed., 8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Hike: Stone Bridge #5 (off Hwy S22)

Leader: Kathy Bussey, ABDNHA Volunteer
Explore a wash with towering water-carved walls, walk through a mini-slot canyon, and end up at a magnificent dry waterfall.  This is an easy 2.2 mile hike, except for the steep, short (about 2 minute) descent into the wash. Soft dirt makes for stable footholds heading down and then up on our return.  Hiking stick(s) may be helpful.  Meet at ABDNHA; we'll carpool from there. 2WD is fine. Bring water, snack, good hiking shoes.  No charge. Call ABDNHA Nature Center 760-767-3098 to register.
 
Jan. 25, Wed., 2 p.m.
Borrego Rock & Gem Club Meeting

At ABDNHA, 652 Palm Canyon Drive.


Jan. 26, Thur., 8 a.m. – 10 a.m.
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.
 
Jan. 27, Fri. 9 a.m. – 11 a.m.
ABDNHA Weekly Bike

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
Jan. 27, Fri., 7 p.m. Meet the Speaker; 7:30 Lecture
The INS on the Line: Making Law on the US-Mexico Border

Speaker: S. Deborah Kang, Ph.D.


In this presentation, Dr. Kang will discuss her new book, The INS on the Line: Making Law on the US-Mexico Border, 1917-1954, (Oxford, 2017). In it, she argues that for much of the 20th century local Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) officials not only enforced the nation’s immigration laws, they also made them.  In the process, they developed a complex approach to border control, an approach that closed the line in the name of nativism and national security; opened it for the benefit of transnational economic and social concerns; and redefined it as a vast legal jurisdiction for the policing of undocumented immigrants. Despite its local origins, this approach to border control continues to influence the daily operations of the nation’s immigration agencies, American immigration law and policy, and our conceptions of the US–Mexico border today.

- Space is limited and available on a first-come-first-serve-basis for this lecture.
- The lecture is free to ABDNHA members, $10 all others, paid at door only. 
- Registration for the Saturday programs does not reserve a seat at this Friday night lecture.


At the Borrego Springs Performing Arts Center.  Info: 760-767-3098. Refreshments served.  
 


Part 1: Jan. 28, Sat., 10:00 am – 12:15 pm 
Who are the Californians?  The people who came here and why they came
Speaker:  Mary Jo Wainwright, History Professor, Imperial Valley College


Professor Wainwright tells the story of California's history in terms of immigration and migration. Over the years, the California Dream has taken 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 the new technologies of Silicon Valley were born in California.  

Part 2: Jan. 28, Sat., 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm
Westering Women: Gender, Immigration, and Race in the American West, 1850 - Present

Speaker: S. Deborah Kang, Ph.D.


The history of American West is often depicted as a man’s world filled with violent encounters between hardy pioneers, brave soldiers, and defiant Native Americans.  But this account of western history conveys only a small part of a larger and richer history, one that includes the experiences of immigrant and American women in the region.  In this program, Dr. Kang  will trace the experiences of a multinational and multiracial cast of women and explain the differences that gender made in the American West

Part 3: Jan. 28, Sat., 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Effects of Immigration on the Native People of San Diego

Speaker: Richard Carrico, Professor, American Indian Studies, SDSU

The history of immigration into the American West is central to America’s self-told story of the American Dream and the concept of American Exceptionalism.  Yet when viewed from the perspective of the native Kumeyaay people of Alta California and the Kumiai of Baja California., immigration onto their traditional lands is as much about the effects on the people who were already there as on the new arrivals.  Beginning in 1769, there were successive waves of immigration into their territory—waves perceived as unwanted, culturally disruptive, and irreversible. Many of the effects were very harsh, with religious conversions, confiscation of native lands, destruction of the natural environment, and establishment of a border that divides people who were previously together.  Professor Carrico will offer this alternate view of the Spanish, Mexican, American, and Asian immigration into the paradise that we call San Diego. There are many parallels with the modern world as movements of people on a massive scale superimpose new languages, new cultures, and new religions on the well-established residents of the places where immigrants go.


Register for all 3 California Dreamin lectures
General Public $35, ABDNHA Members $28, ABDNHA Volunteers $26
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Jan. 30, Mon., 8 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Hike: Olla Wash Loop

Leader: Robin Halford, Hiking Book Author
This moderate 3.1-mile hike begins at the base of the mud palisades, a high ridge of mud which is cut by many small drainages. Expect uneven ground and some bouldering.  Meeting Place: From Hwy 78 in Ocotillo Wells, drive south on Split Mt. Road for 8 miles. Meet at the beginning of the Fish Creek jeep road; we’ll carpool from there. Call ABDNHA Nature Center 760-767-3098 to register.
 
Feb. 2, Thur., 8 a.m. – 10 a.m.
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.
 
Feb., 3, Fri. 9 a.m. – 11 a.m.
ABDNHA Weekly Bike Ride ( Late Dec - March)
Leader: Al Dumas, ABDNHA Volunteer 
No charge, 12-20 miles social ride. Meet at Bike Borrego, south side of The Mall.
 
Feb. 3, Fri., 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Program: Dance of the Bees

Presenter: Bahram Kheradmand, UCSD

Bahram Kheradmand, a doctoral student at UC San Diego, will explain the language of the bees and the organization of the hive. The social life of honeybees, our beloved six-legged, two-winged pollinator friend, brings about one of the most fascinating examples of animal communication: the dances of the bees! Bees use their dances to alert other bees of new food sources, dangers in the environment, new homes to move to, and invite them to work harder. This fascinating program revolves around communication of the bees, and other aspects of their life, such as health, ecology, and evolution. 

NM$12, M$10, V$8. Register: www.abdnha.org or 760-767-3098.
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Feb. 4, Sat., 8:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Hike: Alcoholic Pass

Leader: Amy Brewster, ABDNHA Volunteer
On this outing, we'll carpool up Coyote Canyon (4WD possible) to the trailhead of Alcoholic Pass.  The trail switchbacks with a fairly steep and strenuous incline for about a mile with rocky terrain.  We will hike beyond the saddle (at 1,550') to an overlook into Clark Dry Lake Bed.  Excellent views of the Santa Rosas and San Ysidro Mts. Bring water, snack /lunch, hat, hiking poles if desired.  Call ABDNHA Nature Center 760-767-3098 to register. No charge.
 
Feb. 4, Sat., 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
History of Wine & Wine Making in San Diego County. 

Presenter: Richard L. Carrico, Historian, anthropologist, and winemaker

Join us for a fascinating look at the long and colorful history of the wines and wineries of San Diego County, which once had more wineries than Sonoma or Napa. Based on Richard’s new book, Lees Well Refined: A History of the Wineries of San Diego County, the presentation will span more than 240 years,  from the origin of San Diego wines at Mission San Diego in the late 1700s to the rapidly expanding contemporary wine scene. 

NM$12, M$10, V$8. Register: www.abdnha.org or 760-767-3098.

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Feb. 5, Sun., 8:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Hike: Bisnaga Loop

Leader: Fred Melgert, ABDNHA Volunteer
One of our leader’s favorite locations for the number and variety of plants, Bisnaga Loop is a strenuous 6-mile, 4-hour loop hike with an elevation gain of 1,850 feet. 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. Good physical condition required. Max. 14 people. No charge.  Call ABDNHA Nature Center 760-767-3098 to register.
 
Feb. 5, Sun., 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
4WD: Jasper Trail through Grapevine to Highway 78,

Leader: Ed Pollock ABDNHA Volunteer
Jasper Trail with an optional drive to the Pinyon Mtn. drop-off, Shelter Valley area is offered.  We will not drive over the drop-off, but could include a hike over this. For the optional drive, bring lunch, camp chair, drinks to be enjoyed in the area of the drop-off. Dress in case of cold weather. Meet at ABDNHA with vehicle in proper working order and a full gas tank. This route open to all 4WD vehicles, pending pre-trip scouting conditions.  No charge, space is limited.  Call ABDNHA Nature Center 760-767-3098 to register.
 
Feb. 6, Mon., 9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Easy Hike with Pam

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, Call ABDNHA Nature Center 760-767-3098 to register. 
 
Feb. 8, Wed., Rock Club Field Trip
Contact: Joan Malone, 760-550-2619

 
Feb. 9, Thur., 8 a.m. – 10 a.m.
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.
 
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 (Imperial Valley Desert Museum) &
Linda Gilbert (ABDSP Paleo Society)

This talk highlights the impact on paleontology and archaeology by local rancher, real estate salesman, landlord, and amateur archaeologist/paleontologist Morlin Childers. A key member of the group that formed the Barker Museum (Imperial Valley College Museum) in El Centro, Childers' work spans 50 years and involves major research in the Anza-Borrego and Yuha deserts. Writer, collector, & researcher, he was the catalyst for many Colorado Desert ventures. With the recent return of his invertebrate collection to the Stout Lab in ABDSP and the arrival of his personal papers and archaeological collections to the IVDM in Ocotillo, we will weave together the story of his discoveries. If you remember Morlin Childers, visited the Barker Museum, or have photographs or stories about him, please bring them to share! 

NM $12, M $10, V$8. Reserve abdnha.org or 760-767-3098.

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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 (IVDM), 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, or get take-out at the Red Feather cafe, and we’ll eat together on the museum patio. Allow 45-60 minutes for our tour, and then explore on your own. Photos are 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

Join naturalist and writer Amy Brewster on an easy walk & hike of about one mile.  We will 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. Max 10 people. No charge.  Bring writing materials and if at all possible small back-packing chair or sitting pad. Call 760-767-3098 to reserve your spot.


#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 


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, History Writer & Researcher

Imagine a Borrego Valley that once looked like a Garden of Eden, with hundreds of acres planted in grapes, dates, and alfalfa!  Growing right along with the date palms, was a community of hard-working people dreaming of a second Imperial Valley in their own backyard. 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 from San Jose State and enjoys researching and writing about local history.    General Public $12, ABDNHA Members $10, ABDNHA Volunteers $8. Register: abdnha.org or 760-767-3098. See related 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.

University of California Division of Agriculture & Natural Resources

Join us for this special field trip to the UC Desert Research and Extension Center in Holtville. The tour 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 get to pick our own vegetables to take home, plus a salad bar lunch is included.  The center conducts agricultural research and education in the Imperial Valley desert and specializes in vegetable crops as well as alfalfa, desert cattle feeding, irrigation management, and develops programs to address current challenges in desert agriculture. Register now to reserve your spot for this fun and educational program!  Call to reserve, 760-767-3098, or online www.abdnha.org.

General Public $50; ABDNHA Members $35; ABDNHA Volunteers $35.
Price includes lunch.
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FEB 25, Sat., 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Ireland: a Journey in Time and Place
Presenter: ABDNHA program director Mike McElhatton.


Enjoy some Irish scones and tea, along with photos, and a little bit of Irish pub music,  as Mike takes you on a rambling journey that started with his pursuit of Irish citizenship. There are many twists and turns in a tale that includes his experiences doing genealogy research for the first time, how that genealogy offered an unexpected view into the daily life of the 1880’s in Ireland, a what it means now to “be Irish” in North America.    

NM $12, M$10, V $8. Reserve online only.

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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.

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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 separately from the lecture. The tour is limited to just 22 people. The tour includes driving to the gravel loader on Rock house 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., and will take approx. one hour. 

Mar. 3, Fri., 6:30 p.m. – 7:30  p.m.
Railroad History of San Diego County
Presenter: Bruce Semelsberger

Did you know that before the American Civil War and only twenty 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?  Bruce Semelsberger, archivist for the Pacific Southwest Railway Museum, will tell the story of events that did not go quite as planned.  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 and the railroads were the skeleton around which it grew.  Our presenter, Bruce Semelsberger, will also be with us on ABDNHA Saturday trip to the Pacific Southwest Railway Museum in Campo.  NM $12, M 10, V $8.

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Mar. 4, Sat., 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.  (Note 6:45 departure from Borrego Springs)
Tour & Train Ride: Pacific Southwest Railway Museum in Campo

Coordinator and Speaker: Reena Deutsch, author of the book San Diego & Arizona Railway, The Impossible Railroad
Tour guide: Railroad Historian/Museum Librarian 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.
 
Our meeting point and starting time is 9 a.m. at the 100-year old depot at the far end of the museum parking lot. Drive on your own from 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 .  See http://www.psrm.org/visitor-information/find-us..  To arrange carpools among yourselves, meet at 6:45 am in the ABDNHA parking lot 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.  Ticket for day at $45 NM. $35M, $33 V.  Register online or at Nature Center.
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Mar. 5, Sun., 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
4WD Tour and hike: Dos Cabezas and China Camp
Leader: Reena Deutsch, author of the book 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. Learn informative details and compare current ruins to photographs from its active period. Then, we’ll pass the Dos Cabezas mine on the way to the trailhead for our approximately 6-mile round-trip hike to the site known as China Camp. This expansive area was used beginning circa 1910 as an SD&A survey camp to seek a route through Carrizo Gorge. We’ll hike at a social pace through soft sand and on an old rocky jeep road, exploring for signs of railroading history.   Bring water, layered clothing, a trail lunch, and other essentials. A high-clearance 4WD vehicle is required to drive up to 20 miles on sometimes graded, sometimes rocky dirt roads. There is a limit of 20 people for this outing.  Meeting point is 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, maximum 20 people, call nature center to reserve.




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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