ABDNHA PROGRAMS
The Anza-Borrego Desert Natural History Association conducts approximately 150 desert walks, hikes, lectures, tours, guided trips, Desert 4WD, desert flower programs, stargazing, and other activities during the October to April desert season.  Many of our programs are free of charge to the general public and other programs have modest fees.

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To Register for Programs

Some programs allow online registration.
See program descriptions.

You can also call to register
760-767-3098

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

 

Their support is appreciated.


760-767-4255


760-767-3502

760-767-1236




760-767-0311

760-767-5944

 

 

760-767-0100

 

760-767-4492

 

800-242-0044

 

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.

 





 

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Dec. 4, Sun., 8:30 a.m.(sharp) - 2 p.m.
Hike: Malpais Loop

Leader: Fred Melgert, ABDNHA Volunteer
This strenuous 6-mile, 3-hour hike explores the badlands below Vista del Malpais, one of the best Borrego Badlands overlooks. Hike down 500 feet of elevation, into the Fault Wash, enjoy the great views, explore washes and small drainages. The hike is strenuous with one scramble up the sand to reach the plateau. A hiking pole is required, along with good boots, food, and enough water for at least 3 hours of hiking. Access to trailhead requires ground clearance. Meet at ABDNHA and carpool from there. Maximum 12 people. No charge, but good physical condition and reservation required.

Dec. 5, Mon., 9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. 
Easy Hike with Pam

Leader: Pam Blake, ABDNHA Volunteer
If you like the idea of exploring the desert in an easy going, very un-strenuous way, then Pam’s hikes are just what you are looking for.  Gather at ABDNHA for a short hike. Destination to be announced on the day of the hike. No charge. Space limited. Call ABDNHA Nature Center 760-767-3098 to register.

Dec. 8, Thur., 8 a.m. – 10 a.m.
ABDNHA Weekly Birding Walk: Every Thursday

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.

Dec. 10, Sat. 8:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Easy Hike:  Ship Rock

Leader: Kathy Bussey, ABDNHA Volunteer
You've probably driven past the area along Yaqui Pass Road without considering it as a hiking destination. A pleasant ramble awaits you!  We will traverse up and down the gullies surrounding Ship Rock. A gentle ascent brings us to a high spot with a view over the Borrego Valley. The area presents another geological facet of the park. This is a fairly easy hike, 2-miles round trip. 2WD cars ok, but since parking is limited, we'll meet at ABDNHA to carpool. Bring hiking shoes, water. No charge. Call ABDNHA Nature Center 760-767-3098 to register

Dec. 10, Sat., 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Lecture: Blood of the Band: an Ipai Family Story


Author David L. Toler, Jr., is an Ipai descendant of the La Chappa, Guachena, and Nejo clans that once inhabited the San Pasqual Valley and surrounding lands. Beginning with ancestral accounts of the creation of the world, Toler journeys through the archaeological, historical, ethnographic, and contemporary accounts of the transformations through which the Ipai have persisted and ultimately prospered.

General Public $12, ABDNHA Members $10, ABDNHA Volunteers $8. Register online (below), at the Nature Center, or call 760-767-3098.

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Dec. 12, Mon., 8 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Discover Anza-Borrego Hikes

Hike: Deep in the Badlands
Leader: Dave Duncan, ABDNHA Volunteer and guide for the Discover Anza-Borrego Hikes -- 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 recommended.  Meet at ABDNHA. No charge. Space limited. Call ABDNHA Nature Center 760-767-3098 to register.
 
Dec. 13, Tue., 5:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Moonlight Walk: South Palm Wash

Leader: Mike McElhatton, ABDNHA Education Coordinator
Experience the unique and serene beauty of moonlight on the canyon walls with Mike McElhatton as we take an easy 1.5 mile walk through South Palm Wash. Meet at the ABDNHA office and carpool from there.  4WD needed for a 1/10th mile off-highway-segment into the wash. Anyone without 4WD can catch a ride for that section. Bring a flashlight, water, and good hiking shoes. Cancels with thick cloud cover or high wind. No charge, Call ABDNHA Nature Center 760-767-3098 to register.
 
Dec. 14, Wed.
Borrego Rock & Gem Field Trip

Contact: Joan Malone, 760-550-2619
 
Dec. 15, Thur., 8 a.m. – 10 a.m.
ABDNHA Weekly Birding Walk: Every Thursday
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.
 
Dec. 16, Fri., 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. 
Program: Tracking the Tracks

Speaker: Jon Gilbert, ABDSP Paleontology Society  The sediments of Anza-Borrego Desert SP preserve many fossil bones, as well as trace fossils—tracks and trackways, burrows, and scratch marks. Environments favorable for making and keeping trace fossils are rare, and finding recognizable tracks is difficult. The Paleo Society has begun creating 3D images of all known ABDSP tracks and trackways, using photogrammetry. The 3D images are digital models of the track that can be viewed, rotated, enlarged, measured and even printed. The images provide an excellent record of the paleo environment and the animals that lived in the region. Join us for a “walking” tour of the park’s trace fossils. General Public $12, ABDNHA Members $10, ABDNHA Volunteers $8. Register: www.abdnha.org or 760-767-3098.

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Dec. 17, Sat., 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
4WD Tour: Font’s Point, Vista del Malpais to Ocotillo Wells

Leader: Ed Pollock, ABDNHA Volunteer
This drive traverses some of the most scenic badland terrain in Anza-Borrego. Expect typical desert driving conditions, soft sand, badland canyons. Meet at ABDNHA, with a full gas tank, good tires, properly working high clearance 4WD, lunch, drinks, chair, and outdoor attire. No charge. Space limited. Call ABDNHA Nature Center 760-767-3098 to register. (If you are holding a place and cannot go, please call us far enough ahead to allow for someone on the wait list.)
 
Dec. 17, Sat., 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Program: Mining History & Geology of Joshua Tree National Park

Author: Margaret E Eggers, Ph.D.

Take a geological journey through vast Joshua Tree National Park, as author Margaret Eggers describes an 18-mile, self-guided tour, through the high Mojave Desert, the low Colorado Desert, and the pinyon/juniper uplands of the Little San Bernardino Mountains.  Her guidebook was produced in association with the San Diego Association of Geologists. General Public $12, ABDNHA Members $10, ABDNHA Volunteers $8. Register: www.abdnha.org, Nature Center, or 760-767-3098.

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Dec. 18, Sun., 8 a.m. (sharp) - 4 p.m.
Hike: No Return Canyon

Leader: Fred Melgert, ABDNHA Volunteer
This strenuous 8.8-mile, 5-hour hike, bouldering in places, explores the No Return Wash/Canyon with a stunning narrow rock canyon and includes an elevation gain of 1,000 feet. A hiking pole is required, along with good boots, food, and enough water for at least 5 hours of hiking. Meet at ABDNHA and carpool from there. Limit 12 people. No charge. Good physical condition and registration required. Call ABDNHA Nature Center 760-767-3098 to register.
 
Dec. 22, Thur., 8 a.m. – 10 a.m.
ABDNHA Weekly Birding Walk: Every Thursday
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.

 
Dec. 23, 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.
 
Dec. 23, Fri., 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
ABDNHA’s Travel Series:  Awesome Austria.

Speakers: Urmi Ray & Sanjiv Nanda.

Join us for beautiful photographs, discussion, and storytelling of Austria presented from different perspectives—a cornucopia of culture, history, art, geology, and wine making.

General Public $12, ABDNHA Members $10, ABDNHA Volunteers $8. Register: www.abdnha.org or 760-767-3098.


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Dec. 27, Tue., 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Field Trip: Salton Sea Birding

Leader: Hal Cohen

Have a great day birding at the Salton Sea with retired biology professor and experienced birder Hal Cohen as our guide. The Salton Sea has more diversity of bird life than any other location in the United States.  Meet at ABDNHA and carpool from there. Bring hat, binoculars or scope, walking shoes, water, and lunch. Space limited. Call to reserve or online. NM $30, M $20, V $15.

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Dec. 28, Wed., 2 p.m.
Borrego Rock & Gem Club Meeting

At ABDNHA, 652 Palm Canyon Drive.
 
Dec. 29, Thur., 8 a.m. – 10 a.m.
ABDNHA Weekly Birding Walk: Every Thursday

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.
 
Dec. 30, 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.
 
Dec. 30, Fri., 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Program: History of Warner Hot Springs

Presenter and Author: Kathryn Lee Fletcher

Join us for this photographic history of the place known Kupa, Jojopin, Aqua Caliente, and Warner Hot Springs.  Located in NE San Diego County in the historic 47,000-acre Valle de San Jose, Warner Hot Springs is surrounded by Cleveland National Forest, Los Coyotes Indian Reservation, Palomar Mountain, BLM, and Vista Irrigation Water District. Home of Native Americans, Spaniards, and white settlers, cowboys, and ranchers, Warner Hot Springs has played host to passing immigrants, Butterfield Stage passengers, and movie stars.  Copies of Fletcher’s book “Warner Hot Springs” will be available.

NM $12, M $10, V$8. Register: 760-767-3098

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Dec. 31, Sat., 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Last Hike of the Year: Tarantula Wash

Leader: Joan Malone
Spend the last day of the year taking a 4-5 mile easy hike down Tarantula Wash to the upper San Sebastián Marsh. Bring water, lunch, wear good hiking shoes, dress for the weather. Meet at the San Felipe Electrical Substation near Pole Line Road on Hwy 78, approx. 9 miles east of Ocotillo Wells. From there we will carpool to the trailhead; 4WD required. No charge.  Call ABDNHA Nature Center 760-767-3098 to register.
 
Jan. 2, Mon., 9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Easy Hike with Pam

Leader: Pam Blake, ABDNHA Volunteer
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. 
 
Jan. 5, 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. 6, 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.
 
Mecca Hills: Part 1  A Special ABDNHA Fund-raising Program
Jan. 6, Fri., 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Lecture: Geology of the Mecca Hills: Where the San Andreas Fault Gets Pushy
Speaker: Geologist Don Barrie

This excellent program is being repeated this season by popular demand.  Please join Geoscience Professor Don Barrie for a lecture on the geology and tectonics of the Mecca Hills. Along with the Indio Hills to the northwest and Durmid Hill to the southeast, the Mecca Hills are a block of folded, compressed, and uplifted rocks that have been squeezed up along a subtle bend in the San Andreas Fault Zone. Rock units and geologic features exposed in these hills span almost two billion years of geologic time and draw geologists and nature lovers from all over the world.  Professor Barrie’s lecture will focus on two broad themes, (1) the origin of the Mecca Hills in relation to the San Andreas Fault Zone and the evolving Pacific-North American transform plate boundary, and (2) the diversity of rock types and geologic features observed in exposures throughout the Mecca Hills. 

A special fund-raising program for ABDNHA: Non-member $25; Members $15 for the lecture only; or you can sign up for the lecture and Sunday field trip together for NM $80, M $60. Space limited for Saturday Field Trip described below.

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Mecca Hills: Part 2  A Special ABDNHA Fund-raising Program
Jan.7 Sat., 8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Field Trip: Geology of the Mecca Hills:
Where the San Andreas Fault Gets Pushy

Speaker: Geologist Don Barrie

As follow-up to his Friday evening lecture, Don Barrie will lead a field trip to the spectacular geologic scenery of the Mecca Hills, where we will see many of the geologic features he described the day before.  We will stop at several locations along the way for Don to tell the story of the area’s geologic past, pointing out the rocks, faults, and colorful formations that illustrate the events that have taken place over millions of years, including Painted Canyon, the San Andreas Fault, and locations in Box Canyon. 4WD is required.  If you do not have 4WD, but want to carpool with those who do, please mention this when you register, and we will accommodate carpooling on a first-come-first-serve ‘as available’ basis.  The trip will begin at ABDNHA, where you will be given a map with our stops along the way. 

Bring a lunch. Field trip limited to 24 people. Don Barrie is an excellent instructor and his programs normally fill rapidly.  NM $80; M $60. Price includes the Jan. 6 lecture. Tickets not available for field trip only. The Lecture portion is an essential part of the field trip.
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Jan. 7, Sat., 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Baja California, Land of Missions

Presenter: David Kier, Author, Historian

Covering the period from the discovery of California in the 1530s until the departure of the last missionaries in 1855, Kier gives a detailed history of the activities by the Spanish and others attempting to colonize the peninsula of California. Using the photographs, maps, and drawings from his guidebook, he gives a view of the actions of the Spanish Empire using missions to colonize California. The author’s research resulted in new discoveries. Copies of his book will be available.

NM $12, M $10, V$8. Register: www.abdnha.org or 760-767-3098.
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Jan. 8, Sun., 8 a.m. (sharp) - 4 p.m.
Hike Domelands Loop.

Leader ABDNHA Volunteer Fred Melgert
This strenuous 8-mile, 5-hour loop hike, with an elevation change of 900 feet, explores the Domelands area, with its stunning deep canyons and wind caves.  Expect an adventurous hike with a couple of small dry falls and scrambling up a shell reef.  A hiking pole is required, as are good boots, food, enough water for at least 5 hours of hiking, and good physical condition. Ground clearance is required for the last 2 miles, and there is a Border Patrol checkpoint along the way.  Meet at ABDNHA and carpool from there. Max.14 people. No charge. Call ABDNHA Nature Center 760-767-3098 to register.  
 
Jan. 8, Sun., 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
4WD Trip: Coyote Canyon to Sheep Canyon

Leader: ABDNHA Volunteer Ed Pollock
Travel through some of the most beautiful and historic desert terrain in all of Anza-Borrego.  Round-trip distance is about 50 miles. We’ll drive up Coyote Canyon, across 3 stream crossings, then up a moderately steep and rocky road, and across the desert to the Sheep Canyon area.  Road conditions vary depending upon rainfall.  This trip is a great and challenging ride that requires high-clearance 4WD, good tires, and a full tank of gas. We will select a nice place for lunch, so pack food, water, and snacks. Pit toilets are available at the Sheep Canyon campground. Meet at ABDNHA. Please be willing to carpool.  No charge, space is limited. Call ABDNHA Nature Center 760-767-3098 to register.
Jan. 11, Wed.
B.R.A.G. Rock Club Field Trip

Info: Joan Malone, 760-550-2619

 
Jan. 12, 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. 12, Thur., 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Moonlight Walk: South Palm Wash

Leader: Mike McElhatton
See Dec. 13 for details.
 
Jan. 13, 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. 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.
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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 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.

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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.  
 
California Dreamin’ - Part II - Saturday January 28
Register for all three Saturday programs
Registration is available only for the full day, all three programs
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Jan. 28, Sat., 10 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
The Migration & Immigration History of California

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.  

All-day Saturday pass: General Public $35, ABDNHA Members $30, ABDNHA Volunteers$26, includes all three California Dreamin’ programs.

Register for all day pass below, all three Saturday programs, call 760-767-3098, or visit the Nature Center.
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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

All-day Saturday pass: General Public $35, ABDNHA Members $30, ABDNHA Volunteers$26, includes all three California Dreamin’ programs.

Register for all day pass below, all three Saturday programs, call 760-767-3098, or visit the Nature Center.

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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 Ca., 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 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. 

All-day Saturday pass: General Public $35, ABDNHA Members $30, ABDNHA Volunteers$26, includes all three California Dreamin’ programs.

Register for all day pass below, all three Saturday programs, call 760-767-3098, or visit the Nature Center.
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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.
 
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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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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