Anza-Borrego Desert Natural History Association : Activity Calendar

Things to do in Borrego Springs  


ABDNHA 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

 

Some of our programs allow online registration - see individual program listings below.  You may also register for all programs by visiting the ABDNHA Desert Nature Center, 652 Palm Canyon Drive, one block west of Christmas Circle.  You may also register by phone: 760-767-3098.    Join ABDNHA and receive our Sand Paper newsletter five times per year.


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Be 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.

All hikes and walks require good closed-toed hiking shoes, and drinking water. Hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, energy snacks are strongly recommended. 

A hiking pole is also recommended.  See hike descriptions as some hikes require hiking poles.

Know your physical condition.  All hikes are going to require walking on uneven ground.  Some hikes will involve elevation gain, bouldering, etc.  Read the hike descriptions and only go on hikes you feel you are prepared to handle.

Tell someone where you are going and when you will return.

 


ABDNHA's business members support the educational work of the Anza-Borrego Desert Natural History Association and provide tourism services in Borrego Springs.

 

Their support is appreciated.


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Landscaping

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Landscaping

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Feb. 4, Thur., 8 a.m. – 10 a.m.
ABDNHA Weekly Bird Walk
Leader: David Lasley, ABDNHA Volunteer
Want to know more about the birds you see in Borrego Springs and throughout Anza-Borrego? Join David Lasley and explore some of the best birding locations in Borrego Springs. Beginners and advanced birders are all welcome. Meet at 8 a.m. at the south end of Marker, south of Tilting T opposite the entrance to Borrego Springs Resort. Bring binoculars, bird book, water, walking shoes. Call ABDNHA Nature Center 760-767-3098 to register. ABDNHA members and volunteers: no charge; Nonmembers: $5 donation requested. Repeats on Thursdays. 

Feb. 4, Thur., 8 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Hike Hornblende Canyon
Leader: Kathy Bussey
Join us on this moderate 4-mile hike (with 700 feet elevation gain) through a beautiful canyon named for the black mineral found in its rocky walls. Scrambling up (and down) several dry waterfalls is necessary and adds to the thrill. Meet at the Nature Center. Be willing to carpool. Trailhead is 40-minute drive from town and has limited parking. Bring water, lunch/snack, and sunscreen, wear sturdy hiking boots. No charge. Space is limited, call to reserve.

Feb. 5, Fri., 10 a.m. – Noon
ABDNHA Weekly Borrego Bike Ride
Leader: Julie Taylor
No charge, social biking tour of the Borrego Valley, 12-20 miles, meet at Bike Borrego on the south side of The Mall.

Feb. 5, Fri., 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
California Agriculture 101

Presenters: Kay Pricola - Imperial Valley Vegetable Growers Association
ABDNHA Library


Did you know that 69% of the carrots consumed in America come from California? For garlic it’s 95% , 89% for cauliflower, and 99% for walnuts. Small family farms still exist, but for the most part, California agriculture is business on a massive scale. As with all industries, technology is bringing rapid change. And then there are the water issues. In this special program we focus on Agriculture in California, the scale of it, large enough to feed our nation, the new technologies that are shaping the industry, the use of water, and what the future might look like.
Agriculture Lecture Only Feb 5



Feb. 6, Sat., 9:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Farm Smart Tour: UC Desert Research & Extension Center, Holtville, Ca.
Presenters: UC Division of Agriculture & Natural Resources
Join us for this special field trip to the University of California Desert Research and Extension Center in Holtville, Ca., where we go on an old-fashioned hay ride to see the latest in agricultural research taking place. The Center conducts agricultural research and education in the Imperial Valley desert and specializes in vegetable crops, alfalfa, desert cattle feeding, irrigation and drainage management, and pest management.  The Center develops programs to address current challenges in these areas.   

The FARM SMART tours feature a hay wagon field tour of the research center.   The tour also includes an informative “Top 10 Crops of the Valley” presentation.   FARM SMART has a“u-pick” fresh vegetable garden for visitors to take home produce.  A salad bar lunch is served. We even get to pick our own vegetables to take home.  Register now to reserve your spot for this fun and educational program.
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Feb. 6, Sat., 7:30 p.m.
Stargazing: Borrego’s Dark Skies!
With: Astronomer Dr. Jim and Grace Rickard
Identify the constellations in our clear desert skies. Telescopes provided for observing objects such as the Orion nebula and the Andromeda galaxy. Bring binoculars if you have them and warm clothes.  Sponsored by ABDNHA, there is no charge or reservations necessary for this excellent program.  Park at the Lutheran Church, located on Church Lane. If you need directions, please call the Nature Center, 760-767-3098

Feb. 7, Sun., 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Hike: Agua Caliente Moonlight Canyon
Leader: Marilyn Moskowitz
This is a moderate hike of 3.5 miles through Agua Caliente County Park, including Moonlight Canyon, Squaw Peak pond, and desert overlook. There are some steep parts, sandy washes, and uneven rocky ground. Bring lunch, as well as a 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 Highway 78. No charge for the hike, but the park has a $5 vehicle entrance fee. Maximum 10 people. Call to reserve.
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Feb. 8, Mon., 7:30 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Salton Sea Birding Trip
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.  Birders come to the Salton Sea from around the world to see the display of bird life. The group will meet in front of the ABDNHA Library and carpool from there. Bring a hat, binoculars or scope, good walking shoes, water, and a lunch. Space limited to 15 birders. Reserve online or call 760-767-3098. NM $30, M $20, V $15.
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Feb. 9, Tues., 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Hike: The Domelands, the Other Wind Caves
Leader: Dave Duncan
Join us for a 6-mile strenuous round-trip hike in the Coyote Mountains for stunning views of the Carrizo Corridor, Fish Creek Mountains, and Vallecito Badlands. The area was once a near-shore marine environment rich in marine fossils. The wind caves themselves are "fossilized" beach dunes. Explore the mysterious fossil flamingo nests and make your own conclusions. High clearance vehicles advised. Bring lunch, snacks, and plenty of water. Meet at the ABDNHA Nature Center, and we will carpool from there. NM $15; M $12; V $10. Call to reserve.
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Feb. 11, Thur., 8 a.m. – 10 a.m.
ABDNHA Weekly Bird Walk
Leader: David Lasley, ABDNHA Volunteer
Want to know more about the birds you see in Borrego Springs and throughout Anza-Borrego? Join David Lasley and explore some of the best birding locations in Borrego Springs. Beginners and advanced birders are all welcome. Meet at 8 a.m. at the south end of Marker, south of Tilting T opposite the entrance to Borrego Springs Resort. Bring binoculars, bird book, water, walking shoes. Call ABDNHA Nature Center 760-767-3098 to register. ABDNHA members and volunteers: no charge; Nonmembers: $5 donation requested. Repeats on Thursdays.

Feb. 12, Fri., 10 a.m. – Noon
ABDNHA Weekly Borrego Bike Ride
Leader: Julie Taylor
No charge, social biking tour of the Borrego Valley, 12-20 miles, meet at Bike Borrego on the south side of The Mall.

Feb. 12, Fri., 7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Program: Amazing Birds of the Salton Sea
Instructor: Professor Kurt Leuschner, Natural Resources, College of the Desert

Did you know that over 420 bird species have been recorded at the Salton Sea? This vitally important habitat lies along the Pacific Flyway and is used annually by an amazing array of birds. Expert birder Kurt Leuschner will discuss some of the more interesting, colorful, and unusual birds that occur at the sea and prepare us for the next day’s visit to the Salton Sea. Please see Feb.13 field trip below. Program held at the ABDNHA Library. Call the Nature Center to reserve. NM: $12; M $10; V $7.
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Feb. 13, Sat., 7:15 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Salton Sea Wonders: Geothermal Energy, Geology, Mud Pots, Birds, and Folk Art
Co-leaders: Professor Kurt Leuschner, College of the Desert; and Naturalist Joe Migliore, NAI Certified Interpretive Guide

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Join two great leaders, Kurt Leuschner and Joe Migliore, as they team up once again to guide us to the southern end of the Salton Sea and all of its wonders. A special tour of the Cal Energy Geothermal Plant will include an illustrated talk on geothermal energy followed by a power plant tour. Then get a close-up look at the gurgling mud pots and mud volcanoes that are caused by the geothermal activity. We'll visit some of the best bird-viewing areas and look for many of the bird species that winter at the sea, including Sandhill Cranes, Burrowing Owls, flocks of Snow Geese, and a "mystery bird." Joe will enlighten us with mini-lectures on geology and faulting in this area. If time permits, we'll finish at Salvation Mountain, near world-famous Slab City. Meet at the Nature Center at 7:15 a.m. Bring a full tank of gas, snacks, water, sunscreen, and hat, jacket, walking shoes, binoculars, bird book, and two-way radios if you have them. Required geothermal plant tour dress: long pants, closed-toed shoes, no tank tops. Space limited on this very popular trip. Call to reserve. NM $25; M $20; V $18.


Feb. 13, Sat. 6:30 - 7:30.  
Dancing with the Devil
Presenter: Nicholas Clapp

The rise and fall of the iconic Western town of Virginia City.  Join film maker and author, Nicholas Clapp as he introduces his latest book, To Dance with the Devil, the story of a patch of desert scrub that became the richest place on earth, and in the process beckoned good folks and bad, stalwart citizens and scoundrels. Program held at the ABDNHA Library. Call the Nature Center to reserve. NM: $12; M $10; V $7.
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Feb. 14, Sun., 8 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Hike: Torote Canyon Loop
Leader: Fred Melgert
This 6.5 mile moderate-strenuous hike, with a 1,200 feet elevation gain goes up a less-visited fork of the Torote Canyon and loops back into Indian Valley. Enjoy the spectacular rough terrain, at times steep with plenty of boulders of all sizes. A hiking pole is required, along with other prerequisites of good boots, food, and enough water for at least four hours of hiking. We meet at ABDNHA and carpool from there. The drive is just under one hour south of Borrego Springs and then a 1.7 mile dirt road that requires good ground clearance. 4WD is preferred. Maximum 10 people. Call to reserve.

Feb. 14, Sun., 8 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Hike: Font’s Foot, Borrego Badlands
Leaders: Sanjiv Nanda and Paul Larson
Have you ever stood at the top of Font’s Point and thought it would be fun to be down in one of the colorful washes at the base? Join us for an 8-mile round-trip out and back hike through the colorful washes of the Borrego Badlands to the foot of Font’s Point. There may be some wildflowers along the way, and we will witness geology in action. Bring water, snacks, lunch, and binoculars for this easy to moderate hike in the Borrego Badlands (600 ft. elevation gain over 4 miles). 4WD required, so please be prepared to carpool. Meet at Nature Center. No charge; space limited. Call to reserve.

Feb. 14, Sun., 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Lecture: The Kumeyaay People during the “Zorro Years”
Presenter: Kumeyaay Historian Michael Connolly Miskwish
This fascinating lecture will explore how the Kumeyaay/Diegueńo people made adjustments to their lifestyle and culture during the Mexican Period of California’s history, roughly 1821-1848. This is the same period of time popularized via the exploits of Don Diego de la Vega, the fictional character known as Zorro, a Californio nobleman of Spanish and Native Californian descent who secretly defended the indigenous people and commoners from the Spanish authorities. Mr. Connolly is a former Councilman for the Campo Band of the Kumeyaay Nation, has worked extensively in Kumeyaay history, and authored two books on the subject. Mr. Connolly is currently an adjunct faculty at SDSU in the American Indian Studies Department. NM $12, M $10, V $7
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Feb. 18, Thur., 8 a.m. – 10 a.m.
ABDNHA Weekly Bird Walk
Leader: David Lasley, ABDNHA Volunteer
Want to know more about the birds you see in Borrego Springs and throughout Anza-Borrego? Join David Lasley and explore some of the best birding locations in Borrego Springs. Beginners and advanced birders are all welcome. Meet at 8 a.m. at the south end of Marker, south of Tilting T opposite the entrance to Borrego Springs Resort. Bring binoculars, bird book, water, walking shoes. Call ABDNHA Nature Center 760-767-3098 to register. ABDNHA members and volunteers: no charge; Nonmembers: $5 donation requested. Repeats on Thursdays.
Feb. 19, Fri., 10 a.m. – Noon
ABDNHA Weekly Borrego Bike Ride
Leader: Julie Taylor
No charge, social biking tour of the Borrego Valley, 12-20 miles, meet at Bike Borrego on the south side of The Mall.
 
Feb. 19, Fri., 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.
The History of Plate Tectonics: The Evolution of an Idea
Presenter: Joe Migliore

The theory known as Plate Tectonics is now widely accepted as the explanation of how the surface of the earth has evolved over billions of years.  This program is about the history of that theory, the story of a wonderous journey of scientific discoveries, a story that is barely one hundred years old.

It seriously started in 1915 when Alfred Wegener published his book, the Origin of Continents and Oceans, which proposed “continental drift.”  His theory was harshly rejected with stunning vitriol by most geologists. It was about 38 years after his untimely death on the icecap of Greenland that his visionary theory was finally vindicated.  This is the exciting story of scientific investigation resulting in a paradigm shift in the theory of the earth. NM: $12; M $10; V $7.
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Feb. 20, Sat., 9:00 a.m. – Noon
Hike – West Butte; Borrego Mountain

Leaders: Volunteer Naturalists Mary Ekelund and Paul Larson
Hike to the top of one of our smaller peaks, but with great views! The route includes walking on narrow ridges and some scrambling toward the summit. It's a short hike, about 3 miles round trip. Meet at the intersection of Buttes Pass Road and Highway 78, 1.5 miles east of the intersection of Borrego Springs Road and Highway 78.  Bring water, snack, hat, and sturdy hiking shoes.  No charge; call the Nature Center to reserve.


Feb 20, Sat., 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
ABDNHA Author's Series
Chasing a Dream in the Galapagos: A Personal Evolution
Author: Bette Blaydes Pegas

In her new memoir, Bette Blydes Pegas transports readers into a universe Darwin made famous, a world of Giant Tortoises, salt-crested Marine Iguanas, and crimson-throated Magnificent Frigate birds. Her odyssey is a time for family bonding, a search for Charles Darwin, a reminder of the fierce competition for natural resources, and proof that a brave, unknown side of herself lay waiting for its own evolution. NM $12, M $10, V $7
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Feb. 22, Mon., 6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Full Moon Nighttime Walk: South Palm Wash
Leader: Mike McElhatton, Education Director
Experience the unique and serene beauty of moonlight on the canyon walls as we take an easy one-mile walk through South Palm Wash. Meet at the ABDNHA office and carpool from there.  4WD is necessary for a short 1/10th mile off-highway-segment into the wash.  Anyone without 4WD can catch a ride for that section. Bring a flashlight, water, and good hiking shoes. Dress for the weather. Limited to 15 people. Activity  cancels with thick cloud cover or high wind. No charge; call to reserve.  

Feb. 23, Tue., 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
4WD: Tectonic Gorge & Gettysburg Canyon
Leader: ABDNHA Volunteer Ed Pollock
This is one of the most scenic drive in Ocotillo Wells SVRA, from Tectonic Gorge and Gettysburg Canyon then the Cross Over Trail to Ocotillo Wells.  This is all within Ocotillo Wells SVRA , partly badland canyon driving and soft sand open desert..  Pit toilets are available in the lunch stop area.  Start with a full gas tank, good tires, properly working high clearance 4wd, lunch, drinks, chair, etc.    

Feb. 24, Wed., 2 p.m.
Borrego Rock and Gem Club (BRAG) meeting
Meeting of the local rock and gem club Meeting is open to everyone. 
Meet at ABDNHA.  

Feb. 25, Thur., 8 a.m. – 10 a.m.
ABDNHA Weekly Bird Walk
Leader: David Lasley, ABDNHA Volunteer
Want to know more about the birds you see in Borrego Springs and throughout Anza-Borrego? Join David Lasley and explore some of the best birding locations in Borrego Springs. Beginners and advanced birders are all welcome.  Meet at 8 a.m. at the south end of Marker, south of Tilting T opposite the entrance to Borrego Springs Resort. Bring binoculars, bird book, water, walking shoes. Call ABDNHA Nature Center 760-767-3098 to register. ABDNHA members and volunteers: no charge; Nonmembers: $5 donation requested.  Repeats on Thursdays.  

Feb. 26, Fri., 10 a.m. – 12 Noon
ABDNHA Weekly Borrego Valley Bike Ride
Leader: Julie Taylor
No charge, social biking tour of the Borrego Valley, 12-20 miles, meet at Bike Borrego, south side of The Mall.

Feb. 26, Fri., 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Tortoises Through the Lens
ABDNHA Desert Lecture Series

Presenter: David Lamfrom
Borrego Performing Arts Center
   

Bridging Photography and Art in the California Desert, David Lamfrom provided the young participants in his project, Tortoises Through the Lens, with ecological and photographic training focused on the endangered Desert Tortoise. Together, participants created a photobook about the tortoise, an increasingly rare icon of the American Southwest.

As the Director of the California Desert and National Wildlife programs, David uses his passion and knowledge of our natural, cultural and historical resources to inspire others to learn about and protect our national parks.  As much as people need to protect wildlife, David also believes that people need wildlife and wilderness.  In his words, “Learning about the natural world is therapeutic – it provides opportunities for intellectual stimulation, nature study, exercise, exploration, creativity, and the chance to develop self-reliance and self-worth.”

These opportunities, he says, should be available to all, but growing up in an urban area, he didn’t get to spend time in nature as a child. David’s personal mission is to help ensure that all young people are given the opportunity to experience the power of the wild. All of these things came together in Tortoises through the Lens, a project that gave California high school students cameras, lessons in photography, biology and conservation, and had them photograph desert tortoises in the wild.  

Space is limited and available on a first come first serve basis.
The lecture is free to ABDNHA members, $10 all others, paid at door only.



Feb 27, Sat. 6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
ABDNHA Travel Series: Touring and Living in Ireland
Presenters: Grace Rickard, Tom and Dorothy Hogan

For the past eight years, Grace and her husband Jim have leased a home at the Irish National Famine Museum in Strokestown, Ireland where they live from April through September. What keeps luring them back year after year? Hear of their interesting volunteer activities in the Museum and all that charms them about life in Ireland. Dorothy and her husband Tom toured Ireland by rental car for ten days. They will show some beautiful examples of Tom’s art photography on the Emerald Isle in this power point program. ABDNHA Library. NM $12, M $10, V $7
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Feb 27, Sat. 8:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Easy Hike:  Ship Rock

Hike Leader: Kathy Bussey
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 where the view looks north over Borrego Valley. The area presents another geological facet of the park.  This is a fairly easy hike, 2 miles round trip.  2 WD cars ok, but since parking is limited, we'll meet at the Nature Center to carpool.  Bring the usual: hiking shoes, water, etc.  No charge; space is limited, call to reserve.    

Sunday, Feb. 28, 2016, 8:30 a.m. - Noon
Hike: Step Back in Time

Leaders: Urmi Ray & Joan Malone
Easy 3 mile hike traversing over 200 years of history. We will visit a historic Anza camp site and continue on to see early homesites established in the north portion of the valley. Bring water, snack, and wear good walking shoes. Limited to 20 people. Meet at the Nature Center from where we can carpool to the trailhead. No charge; call to reserve.  

Feb. 29, Mon. , 8:00 a.m. - Noon
Hike: Smoketree – Coachwhip Loop

Leader: Robin Halford
This 4.2 mile hike explores the south slope of Pyramid Peak and include drainages in Smoketree Canyon and Coachwhip Canyon with fantastic views.  Strenuous, expect uneven ground, bouldering, and some loose soil.  Meet at the mouth of Smoketree Canyon at mile 34.5 on S22, 15.2 miles east of Christmas Circle.  Hiking boots, hat, water, sunscreen, space is limited, call to reserve.  

Feb. 29, Monday, 9 a.m.-11:30 a.m.
Hike Yaqui Wells Trail

Leader: ABDNHA Volunteer Pam Blake
This 1.6-mile round trip offers a great intro to cacti and other plants of Anza-Borrego, along with stunning vistas of desert landscape. Some slight hills and a rocky start to the trail are the only minor challenges on this moderately easy amble. The return trip follows a sandy road. Hiking shoes are advised. Meet in the parking area outside Tamarisk Grove Campground (park facing back up Yaqui Pass). No charge; space limited; reservations required.    

Mar. 3, Thur., 8 a.m. – 10 a.m.
ABDNHA Weekly Bird Walk

Leader: David Lasley, ABDNHA Volunteer
Want to know more about the birds you see in Borrego Springs and throughout Anza-Borrego? Join David Lasley and explore some of the best birding locations in Borrego Springs. Beginners and advanced birders are all welcome.  Meet at 8 a.m. at the south end of Marker, south of Tilting T opposite the entrance to Borrego Springs Resort. Bring binoculars, bird book, water, walking shoes. Call ABDNHA Nature Center 760-767-3098 to register. ABDNHA members and volunteers: no charge; Nonmembers: $5 donation requested.  Repeats on Thursdays.  

Mar. 4, Fri., 10 a.m. – 12 Noon
ABDNHA Weekly Borrego Valley Bike Ride

Leader: Julie Taylor
No charge, social biking tour of the Borrego Valley, 12-20 miles, meet at Bike Borrego, south side of The Mall.


Mar. 4, Fri., 6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Reptiles and Amphibians of the Anza-Borrego Desert
Presenter: Lee Grismer, PhD, Herpetologist
This exceptional program is being repeated by popular demand.  Join Herpetologist Lee Grismer as he returns to ABDNHA to describe the variety of reptiles and amphibians to be found in the many different climate zones of Anza-Borrego along with the story of their incredible adaptations.  Add exceptional photography and it all combines together as a rare opportunity to learn about our native reptiles and amphibians from a world class expert.  Lee Grismer spent 25 years on the mainland and islands of Baja California researching for his book, Amphibians and Reptiles of Baja California, and has spent the past 20 years doing field research in Malaysia.  This is a “not to be missed” program; if you did not attend Lee’s program in December you have a second chance to catch it on this date in March.  Space is limited.  Register online or call the Nature Center 760-767-3098.  NM $12, M$10, V$7.  At the ABDNHA Library.
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March 5, Sat., 1 – 2 p.m.
Desert Landscaping in Small Spaces

Presenter: Mike Evans, president and founder of the Tree of Life Nursery
You can create functional nature-based gardens in very tight quarters (even in pots!), by using native plants, native elements, and design techniques that incorporate the beauty of an ecosystem. Come learn how the principles of Japanese (natural) gardening can be applied to landscaping in our beautiful desert environment. We will focus on diversity, habitat, resource conservation and our connection to the garden.   Mike Evans is president and founder of Tree of Life Nursery. Tree of Life has been in business 35 years, propagating and growing over 400 varieties of California native plants on 40 acres near San Juan Capistrano. Outdoors, behind the ABDNHA Library. NM $12, M $10, V $7
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Mar. 5, Sat., 7:30 p.m.
Stargazing Program: 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.  You are welcome to bring chairs and a blanket. A flashlight with red cover to protect night vision may be helpful.  Sponsored by ABDNHA, there is no charge or reservations necessary for this excellent program. Park at the Lutheran Church, located on Church Lane. If you need directions, please call the Nature Center, 1-760-767-3098. Cancelled in case of rain or heavy cloud cover.  

March 6, Sun., 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
4WD: Jasper Trail and Grapevine Canyon

Leader: Ed Pollock
Jasper Trail, Hwy S22 Ranchita to Grapevine Canyon and on to Hwy 78.  The group will decide, in route, on some optional additions, either Mine Wash into Mine Canyon with a stop at the Kumeyaay village site, or Pinyon Mountain trail to the squeeze drop-off.  This would be for viewing only, there will be no attempts to drive the squeeze.  9 AM, ABDNHA start.  Start with a full gas tank, good tires, properly working high clearance 4wd, lunch, drinks, chair, etc.  

Mar. 10, Thur., 8 a.m. – 10 a.m.
ABDNHA Weekly Bird Walk

Leader: David Lasley, ABDNHA Volunteer
Want to know more about the birds you see in Borrego Springs and throughout Anza-Borrego? Join David Lasley and explore some of the best birding locations in Borrego Springs. Beginners and advanced birders are all welcome.  Meet at 8 a.m. at the south end of Marker, south of Tilting T opposite the entrance to Borrego Springs Resort. Bring binoculars, bird book, water, walking shoes. Call ABDNHA Nature Center 760-767-3098 to register. ABDNHA members and volunteers: no charge; Nonmembers: $5 donation requested.  Repeats on Thursdays.  

Mar. 11, Fri., 10 a.m. – 12
Noon ABDNHA Weekly Borrego Valley Bike

Ride Leader: Julie Taylor
No charge, social biking tour of the Borrego Valley, 12-20 miles, meet at Bike Borrego, south side of The Mall.

Mar. 11, Fri., 6:30 p.m. – 7:30  p.m.
ABDNHA Travel Series
Travel Photography : Faces of the World

Presenter: Mike McElhatton ABDNHA Program Director
This program is a mix of some basic "How To" photography tips for everything from cell phone cameras to digital SLRs, a little camera philosophy, and many stories of how a camera in hand is a good way to meet people and make friends around the world. The photos shown are a mix of many different styles, scenics, black and white, street photography, and some of the special effects the photographer used in the early days of digital.   Along the way you will step inside a Bedouin tent in Jordan, meet fascinating people along the roadsides of Cuba, get invited to a Mexican wedding, and get to checkout interesting spots in Croatia, Syria, Egypt, Bosnia, Thailand, Portugal, and some places not so far away. If you like to travel and you want to improve your photography this program promises to give everyone some ideas and suggestions they can put to use.  NM $12, M $10, V $7.
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Mar 12, Sat., 9:00 a.m. – noon
A Morning with the Roadrunner

Presenter: Desert Ecologist Jim Cornett
The roadrunner is an iconic symbol of the southwest deserts and is high on the ‘”hope to see” list of desert visitors.  This highly intelligent, curious,  and perfectly adapted predator is frequently seen in the backyards and roadsides of Borrego Springs.  Join with writer, researcher, and ecologist Jim Cornett as he takes an in-depth look at the story of the roadrunner. This three-hour in-depth program includes three individual sessions with breaks in between.  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.  Jim Cornett’s enthusiasm for the natural world of the desert makes him one of ABDNHA’s most popular speakers.  NM $30; M $20; V $18.
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Mar 12, Sat., 6:30 p.m. – 7:15 p.m.
Special Showing: She Wore Silver Wings

Winner of the Peoples Choic  e Award at the 2016 Borrego Springs Film Festival
Film by Jeanne Scott & Devin Scott
Meet film makers Jeanne & Devin Scott as they present their award-winning film that tells the true story of Jean Landis and the Women Air force Service Pilots.  Jean was one of many brave women who were recruited in WWII to volunteer their services as pilots, ferrying fighter planes, test flying new and repaired planes, and towing targets in the air for live artillery practice. This film tells the story of how the WASPs were formed, the incredible challenges they faced, and the cause of their early demise.  The story is told through the eyes of Jean Landis of Spring Valley, California, now 97, and one of the few women who flew the P51 Mustang.  NM $12, M $10, V $7.  This film was a sellout at the recent Borrego Springs Film Festival.  One half of the proceeds from this showing will go to support the film maker. NM $12, M $10, V $7.
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Mar 12, Sat., 
Borrego Rock and Gem Club (BRAG) Field Trip

Contact bragmail@yahoo.com for details.      

Mar 13, Sun., 9:00 a.m. –1:00 p.m.
Hike: Coachwhip Canyon

Leaders: Urmi Ray & Sanjiv Nanda
We will carpool about a mile up the wash in 4WD vehicles to the “swiss cheese rocks”.  From there we will take an easy hike up one of the forks of Coachwhip Canyon. At the turn-around point and lunch spot, there is an opportunity to follow a narrow slot up to a dry waterfall. Meet at mile marker 34.8 on the north side of S-22. Bring lunch, water, and dress appropriately; it can be cool.  Wear sturdy hiking boots.  No charge; call the Nature Center to reserve.  

Monday, Mar. 14, 2016, 9:00 a.m. -  12:30 p.m.
Hike: Tierra del Sol Loop

Leader: Joan Malone
A moderate 3-4 mile loop hike meandering through the boundaries of 2 state parks (ABDSP & OWSVRA). Meet at mile marker 38.8 on Highway S22; park on the north side of the highway by the microwave tower. Bring water, snack/lunch and wear good hiking shoes. No charge. Call the Nature Center to reserve.


THE DESERT BIRDING FESTIVAL HAS QUICKLY FILLED TO CAPACITY
Online registrations for this event are no longer being taken online.
A small waiting list will be maintained. Call 760-767-3098 for information.

Space does remain open for our special birding event and dinner on March 18.
The Special Birds of Anza-Borrego & How to Attract them to your Home
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Mar. 18, Sat., 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
ABDNHA Borrego Desert Garden Tour

Mar. 17, Thur., 8 a.m. – 10 a.m.
ABDNHA Weekly Bird Walk
Leader: David Lasley, ABDNHA Volunteer
Want to know more about the birds you see in Borrego Springs and throughout Anza-Borrego? Join David Lasley and explore some of the best birding locations in Borrego Springs. Beginners and advanced birders are all welcome.  Meet at 8 a.m. at the south end of Marker, south of Tilting T opposite the entrance to Borrego Springs Resort. Bring binoculars, bird book, water, walking shoes. Call ABDNHA Nature Center 760-767-3098 to register. ABDNHA members and volunteers: no charge; Nonmembers: $5 donation requested.  Repeats on Thursdays.  

Mar. 18, Fri., 10 a.m. – 12 Noon
ABDNHA Weekly Borrego Valley

Bike Ride Leader: Julie Taylor
No charge, social biking tour of the Borrego Valley, 12-20 miles, meet at Bike Borrego, south side of The Mall.  

March 20, Sun., 8:30 am – 11:00 a.m.
Hike: Glorieta Canyon Hike

Leader: Kathy Bussey
Join Kathy for this short hike in beautiful Glorietta Canyon just outside of Borrego Springs.  It’s a great way to get some exercise, enjoy the scenery, and meet new friends.   The hike is approximately one mile round trip.  The trail is a gradual uphill walk and involves a little bouldering but is not difficult.  At the top, a beautiful hidden landscape unfolds before us with incredible views of the Borrego Valley and on to the far side of the Salton Sea.   Meet at the ABDNHA Nature Center from where we can carpool to our location.  High clearance vehicle is needed.  Bring water, snack and wear good walking shoes. No charge; call the Nature Center to reserve.  

March 21, Mon., 8am - 1pm
Hike: Mountain Palm Spring Hike

Leader: Dave Duncan
It's spring time in Anza-Borrego!  Join volunteer Dave for an easy/moderate 3.5 mile hike from Bow Willow Primitive Campground to  Mountain Palm Spring's Southwest Grove. We will return via Torote Bowl and back to Bow Willow. Enjoy views of the Vallecito Badlands, the Carrizo Corridor, and the rugged In-ko-Pa Mountains. If we are lucky we will see flowering perennials, blooming cactus, and annual wildflowers. Trip leaves the ABDNHA Library at 8am sharp.  

Mar. 22, Tue., 9 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Hike: Plum Canyon

Leaders: Volunteer Naturalists Mary Ekelund and Paul Larson
Plum Canyon is an easy hike with a little bit of uphill along the way that offers a beautiful setting to observe birds, lots of desert plants (we’ll checkout whatever is in bloom along the way), and great views of Earthquake Valley.  Bring water, hat, snack and wear good walking shoes. We will meet at the ABDNHA nature center and carpool from there.  No charge; call the Nature Center to reserve.  

Mar. 22, Tue., 7:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Full Moon Nighttime Walk: South Palm Wash

Leader: Mike McElhatton, Education Director
Experience the unique and serene beauty of moonlight on the canyon walls as we take an easy one-mile walk through South Palm Wash. Meet at the ABDNHA office and carpool from there.  4WD is necessary for a short 1/10th mile off-highway-segment into the wash.  Anyone without 4WD can catch a ride for that section. Bring a flashlight, water, and good hiking shoes. Dress for the weather. Limited to 15 people. Activity  cancels with thick cloud cover or high wind. No charge; call to reserve.    

Mar. 23, Wed. 6:30 a.m.  - 5 p.m.
Hike Granite mountain peak.

Leader ABDNHA Volunteer Fred Melgert
This 7-8 hour, 10 mile very strenuous, adventurous hike up to the spectacular Granite mountain peak, encountering rough, steep terrain with plenty of huge boulders. To make the hike more interesting we will take a completely different route going up and down. You need to be in excellent shape to climb one of the most challenging day peaks in the park with an elevation gain of 3000 feet.   Limit 10 hikers.

Mar. 23, Wed., 2 p.m.
Borrego Rock and Gem Club (BRAG) meeting

Meeting of the local rock and gem club Meeting is open to everyone.  Meet at ABDNHA.  

Mar. 24, Thur., 8 a.m. – 10 a.m.
ABDNHA Weekly Bird Walk

Leader: David Lasley, ABDNHA Volunteer
Want to know more about the birds you see in Borrego Springs and throughout Anza-Borrego? Join David Lasley and explore some of the best birding locations in Borrego Springs. Beginners and advanced birders are all welcome.  Meet at 8 a.m. at the south end of Marker, south of Tilting T opposite the entrance to Borrego Springs Resort. Bring binoculars, bird book, water, walking shoes. Call ABDNHA Nature Center 760-767-3098 to register. ABDNHA members and volunteers: no charge; Nonmembers: $5 donation requested.  Repeats on Thursdays.  

Mar. 25, Fri., 10 a.m. – 12 Noon
ABDNHA Weekly Borrego Valley Bike Ride

Leader: Julie Taylor
No charge, social biking tour of the Borrego Valley, 12-20 miles, meet at Bike Borrego, south side of The Mall.


44th Annual Desert Lecture Series
Mar. 25, Fri., Meet the film makers at 7 p.m. , film at 7:30
At the Performing Arts Center.
Film: Breaking Point: 
Produced by: Palomar College


Having recently won the “Best Documentary” award at the Borrego Springs Film Festival,  ABDNHA is pleased to bring the film and the film makers back to Borrego Springs for this special showing of a film that superbly articulates what is happening to the Salton Sea.  One of the worst environmental disasters in US history is quickly and clearly approaching, yet very little is being done to stop it. A casualty of the "water wars" in the Southwest, California's largest lake is disappearing. The receding Salton Sea reveals a toxic mix of fine dust and chemicals that is threatening the health of millions. The Salton Sea has reached its breaking point, and time is running out.

 

Seating is limited and on a first-come-first-serve-basis.  No charge for ABDNHA members; $10 at the door for non-members.



Mar. 26, Sat. 9:00 a.m. – 12:30
Lecture & Field Trip: Exploring Desert Plant Adaptations

Leader: Botanist Kate Harper

Come join botanist Kate Harper and be amazed at how desert plants survive here in a land of extreme aridity and high temperatures. Kate will present a lecture on Desert Plant Adaptations in the ABDNHA Library followed by a field trip to see these fascinating plants in their natural environment. Space is limited to 20 participants. No charge. Call the Nature Center to reserve.  

Mar. 26, Sat. 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
ABDNHA Travel Series : Adventures in Baja

Presenter: Graham Mackintosh

Join Graham Mackintosh, author of Into a Desert Place, Journey With a Baja Burro, Nearer My Dog to Thee, and Marooned with Very Little Beer in this compilation of his adventures in Baja California. NM $12, M $10, V $7.
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Mar. 31, Thur., 8 a.m. – 10 a.m.
ABDNHA Weekly Bird Walk

Leader: David Lasley, ABDNHA Volunteer
Want to know more about the birds you see in Borrego Springs and throughout Anza-Borrego? Join David Lasley and explore some of the best birding locations in Borrego Springs. Beginners and advanced birders are all welcome.  Meet at 8 a.m. at the south end of Marker, south of Tilting T opposite the entrance to Borrego Springs Resort. Bring binoculars, bird book, water, walking shoes. Call ABDNHA Nature Center 760-767-3098 to register. ABDNHA members and volunteers: no charge; Nonmembers: $5 donation requested.  Repeats on Thursdays.  

Apr. 1, Fri., 10 a.m. – 12 Noon
ABDNHA Weekly Borrego Valley Bike

Ride Leader: Julie Taylor
No charge, social biking tour of the Borrego Valley, 12-20 miles, meet at Bike Borrego, south side of The Mall.  

Apr 2, Sat., 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
4WD: Fonts Point, Vista del Malpais to Ocotillo Wells

Leader: Ed Pollock
This drive traverses some of the most scenic badland terrain in Anza-Borrego.  Expect typical desert driving conditions, soft sand, badland canyons,  9 AM, ABDNHA start.   Start with a full gas tank, good tires, properly working high clearance 4wd, lunch, drinks, chair, etc.  

Apr. 2, Sat., 8:00 p.m.
Stargazing: Borrego’s Dark Skies!
With: Astronomer Dr. Jim and Grace Rickard
Identify the constellations in our clear desert skies. Telescopes provided for observing objects such as the Orion nebula and the Andromeda galaxy. Bring binoculars if you have them and warm clothes.  Sponsored by ABDNHA, there is no charge or reservations necessary for this excellent program.  Park at the Lutheran Church, located on Church Lane. If you need directions, please call the Nature Center, 760-767-3098


Apr. 7, Thur., 8 a.m. – 10 a.m.
ABDNHA Weekly Bird Walk

Leader: David Lasley, ABDNHA Volunteer
Want to know more about the birds you see in Borrego Springs and throughout Anza-Borrego? Join David Lasley and explore some of the best birding locations in Borrego Springs. Beginners and advanced birders are all welcome.  Meet at 8 a.m. at the south end of Marker, south of Tilting T opposite the entrance to Borrego Springs Resort. Bring binoculars, bird book, water, walking shoes. Call ABDNHA Nature Center 760-767-3098 to register. ABDNHA members and volunteers: no charge; Nonmembers: $5 donation requested.  Repeats on Thursdays.  

ABDNHA 44th Desert Lecture Series
Seating is limited, and on a first-come, first-served basis. 
No charge for ABDNHA Members; $10 at the door for non-members, or we invite you to join ABDNHA.
April 8, Sat. 7:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Astronomy Program: Tides: Pulses Throughout the Universe

Speaker: Astronomer & Geologist David K. Lynch, Ph. D
What are tides and why do we have them?   Have tides affected the creation of life?   Do other planets have tides?   Why do some places have two high tides each day, and other have only one? Where are the largest tides in the world? The smallest? Do lakes have tides? What do Saturn's Rings have to do with tides?   What do we know about tidal forces in other places in the Universe?  If we dropped something into a Black Hole, what would happen? These and many other aspects of tides in the Universe will be discussed.  

Apr. 9, Sat.,  Borrego Rock and Gem Club (BRAG) Field Trip
Contact bragmail@yahoo.com for details.  

Apr. 9, Sat., 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Program: The San Andreas Fault

Speaker: David K. Lynch, Ph. D
See related activity on April 10. What is the San Andreas Fault? Where is it? How can I see? What does it do to the landscape? Will an earthquake make California fall into the ocean? What risks does it pose? Should I worry about it? What towns lie on the fault? When is the "big one" coming? These any many other questions about the infamous San Andreas Fault will be discussed in an all color presentation. Topics covered include plate tectonics, continental drift, fault activity, the origin of volcanoes, the geologic future of California and much more.  David Lynch’s latest book is “Field Guide to the San Andreas Fault,” is available at the Nature Center and for signing at this program. Space limited, at the Nature Center Library. Call Nature Center to reserve. NM $12; M $10; V $7.

Apr 10, Sun., 8:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Field Trip: The San Andreas Fault Salton Sea Geothermal Field and the Salton Buttes

Leader: David K. Lynch, Ph. D
See related activity on April 9. We will spend all day (approx. 100 miles) visiting a number of geological features related to the San Andreas Fault. This will include the Salton Buttes volcanoes, geothermal mud pots and mud volcanoes, and finally Salt Creek where we will be able to see and actually stand on the San Andreas Fault. Along the way will we will see breathtaking views of the Salton Sea and migratory birds. This tour will involve leisurely drives - some on well graded dirt roads - and light walking. No 4WD or serious hiking is required.  Meet at the Nature center.  David Lynch (PhD Astronomy) is an infrared astronomer and remote sensing specialist at the Aerospace Corporation. His major fields of research include the infrared solar system astronomy, galactic physics, atmospheric optics, and image analysis.   Dave also does geological research and currently is with the USGS. He has published over 150 scientific papers and 10 books.  Call the Nature Center to reserve.  NM $25; M $20; V $18.  

Sunday, April 10, 8:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Hike: Redman Mine 

Leaders: Sanjiv Nanda and Paul Larson
Fabulous hike to a 100 year old gold mine (c. 1905) Well-maintained trail climbs steadily on the south face of Granite mountain with fabulous views to the east and south. Not so common hedgehog cactus is pervasive. We will visit mine entrances and many artifacts. Moderately strenuous 3.5 mile round trip hike with 1000 ft. of elevation gain. 4WD/high clearance preferred. Meet at ABDNHA from where we will carpool.  

Apr. 11, Mon. 8:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Hike: Deep in the Badlands

Leader: Dave Duncan
Explore the inner reaches of the Vallecito Badlands,  slot canyons, mud arches, and fantastic overlooks.  This is an easy to moderate hike, some crawling around is required arches where the wash is narrow,  2.5 miles total .  High clearance is essential, 4WD is recommended.  We meet at ABDNHA. 

Apr. 21, Thu., 7:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Full Moon Nighttime Walk: South Palm Wash

Leader: Mike McElhatton, Education Director
Experience the unique and serene beauty of moonlight on the canyon walls as we take an easy one-mile walk through South Palm Wash. Meet at the ABDNHA office and carpool from there.  4WD is necessary for a short 1/10th mile off-highway-segment into the wash.  Anyone without 4WD can catch a ride for that section. Bring a flashlight, water, and good hiking shoes. Dress for the weather. Limited to 15 people. Activity  cancels with thick cloud cover or high wind. No charge; call to reserve.  

Apr. 28, Wed., 2 p.m. Borrego Rock and Gem Club (BRAG) meeting
Meeting of the local rock and gem club Meeting is open to everyone.  Meet at ABDNHA.  




   

 

 

 
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