ACTIVITY CALENDAR - Things to do in Borrego Springs  


ABDNHA's schedule of Anza-Borrego desert hikes, lectures, and tours for the period through early April, 2015 is shown below.

 

Some of the programs listed below allow online registration.  You can also call or visit the ABDNHA Desert Nature Center, 652 Palm Canyon Drive,  760-767-3098 for information, questions, and to register for programs. 


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ABDNHA's 2015
Special Spring Activities Brochure
Native Plant Day - Mar. 7
Borrego Garden Tour - Mar. 28
Desert Living - April 10-12




 

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.


760-767-4255

 

760-767-3502

 

590 Palm Canyon Drive

760-767-3311

 

 

760-767-0311

 

760-767-5944

 

 

760-767-0100

 

760-767-0004

 

760-767-5800

 

800-242-0044

 

Fredericks
Landscaping

760-767-5362

 

760-767-5700

 

 

760-767-3262

 



760-767-4255

 

760-767-3502

 

 

760-767-0311

 

760-767-5944

 

 

590 Palm Canyon Drive

760-767-3311

 

760-767-0100

 

760-767-0004

 

760-767-5800

 

800-242-0044

 

Fredericks
Landscaping

760-767-5362

 

760-767-5700

 

 

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Mar. 4, Wed., 8 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Hike: Cool Canyon
Leader: Kathy Bussey, ABDNHA Volunteer

One of the few canyons in Anza-Borrego Desert State Park that runs north-south. Its orientation allows for more shade in the a.m. and p.m., hence the name Cool Canyon. We begin at the base of Granite Mountain and wind our way up-canyon about one mile and then retrace our route to return.  This is a  moderately strenuous hike with some minor climbing challenges in the form of dry waterfalls. Bring water, snack, sunscreen, wear hiking boots. Meet at the Nature Center; please be willing to carpool. Trailhead is 35 minute drive from town and has limited parking. No charge. Space limited, call to reserve.


Mar. 5, Thur., 8 a.m. – 10 a.m.
Weekly Bird Walk: Intro to Birding
Leader: David Lasley, ABDNHA Volunteer.

Join David Lasley and explore some of the best birding locations in Borrego Springs. Beginners and advanced birders 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: no charge; Nonmembers: $5 donation requested.  


Mar. 5, Thur., 7 p.m. – 9:30 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 as we take an easy one-mile walk through South Palm Wash. Meet at the ABDNHA office and carpool from there.  4WD needed for a .10-mile segment into the wash.  Anyone without 4WD can catch a ride for that section. Bring flashlight, water, good hiking shoes. Dress for the weather. Limited to 15 people. Canceled with thick cloud cover or high wind. No charge; call to reserve
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Mar. 6, Fri., 10 a.m. – Noon
ABDNHA Weekly Borrego Bike Ride
Leader: Julie Taylor, ABDNHA Volunteer

It’s time to get out and ride with ABDNHA’s free weekly bike ride!  Ride route decided at start time, depending on the ability of the group, with an average ride of 15-to-20 miles, suited to the riders. Meet at Bike Borrego! located on the south side of The Mall, facing the post office. No pre-registration required, just show up and ride. Helmets required. Bikes are available to rent at Bike Borrego. Experienced riders who can assist Julie appreciated, especially when groups are large. Contact ABDNHA if you want to ride and help. Repeats weekly.  


Mar. 6, Fri., 6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Lecture: Plant Sex: Everything You Didn’t Even Know to Ask about Sex in the Desert
Speaker: Botanist Kate Harper


Human sex and plant sex have surprising comparisons—and even more surprising differences! Come experience a racy romp through the world of plant sex with botanist Kate Harper. NM $12; M $8; V $7.  (See related field trip on Mar. 7.)  

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Mar. 7, Sat., 9:30 a.m. – Noon
Plant Sex Field Trip
Leader: Botanist Kate Harpe
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This follow-up on last night’s lecture will pull open the curtains on the sex lives of desert plants with a show and tell field trip to reveal the details of their sexual exploits. No charge, but lecturer wishes to restrict participation to those who have attended the previous night’s lecture.  Limited space, call to reserve.


Mar. 7, Sat., 9 a.m. PLANT SALE!


Help support ABDNHA and purchase some beautiful desert and low-water plants for landscaping around your home. We will have a variety of plants for sale, mostly one-gallon size, as well as expert advice on what to select and how to care for your plants.  This is a first-come-first-served sale and some species go quickly, so arrive early for the best selection. We expect to have penstemon, chuparosa, fairy duster, mallow, brittlebush, milkweed, cacti, and other species available. Sale begins at 9 a.m. The plant sale is a fund raiser for ABDNHA.  Come support ABDNHA and beautify your home or business landscape at the same time.   Plant & Flower Walks, Workshops also scheduled today and tomorrow.  


Mar. 7, Sat., 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
How to Garden Successfully: Talk & Workshop
Instructor: Connie Beck, Expert Gardener and Horticulturist


Learn professional techniques for successful planting for both native desert plants and exotics, including vegetable beds.  Techniques discussed include potting up plants, fertilizing, mulching, water and irrigation, and pointers on design and plant selection. Connie will discuss recommended mulches, fertilizers, soil mixes, containers, and irrigation parts. Bring notepad. Peat pots provided. Dress for outdoors. Connie has been in charge of the California Native Plant Society propagation workshop for several years. Reserve online or call 760-767-3098 NM $20; M $15; V $13.

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Mar. 7, Sat., 12:00 Noon – 2 p.m.
Plant & Flower Walk 
Leaders: Mike and Jan Bigelow, ABDNHA Volunteers

Meet at the ABDNHA Library, and we will head to a nearby location for an easy walk that will include flower and plant identification. No charge. Space limited, call to reserve.  
 


Mar. 7, Sat., 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Program: Communication in Honey Bees, the Code within the Dance
Speaker: Bahram Kheradmand, UCSD PhD Candidate


The language of honey bees, comprised of waggles, bumps, and a complex series of dance steps,  is very much a language, a system of communication, and is one of the finest examples of how scientists have deciphered the way another species tell each other what they need to know.  A delicate dance within the hive conveys essential information. How is all that information stored in the tiny brain of a honey bee? How do they keep the hive organized? Bahram’s research at the UCSD is uncovering that story. At the ABDNHA Library.  Call to reserve, or abdnha.org. NM $12; M $8; V $7.

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Mar. 8, Sun., 8 a.m. – 10 a.m.
Plant & Flower Walk
Leader: Kathy Bussey, ABDNHA Volunteer

Meet at the ABDNHA library for an easy walk-hike in Little Surprise Canyon to see and identify whatever is in bloom.  Limited space; call to reserve. No charge.  


Mar. 8, Sun., 4 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.
Program: Petrified Wood of the Colorado Desert
Presenter: Tom Spinks, Paleontology Volunteer

About 2.5 to 4 million years ago, walnut trees, ash, bay laurel, and avocado trees grew in the land now known as Anza-Borrego. Fossil woods from this time period are proof of the climate that once existed here. Other fossil woods have been carried here by the ancient Colorado River. Tom Spinks, volunteer with the Anza-Borrego Paleo Society, explains the work relating to fossil woods done here in the past and work he is doing now. At the ABDNHA Library.  NM $12; M $8; V $7. Reserve online or call 760-767-3098.

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Mar. 9, Mon., 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Hike: Rockhouse Loop – Bow Willow Campground
Leader: Fred Melgert, ABDNHA Volunteer


If you are an adventurous hiker in good shape who wants to see one of the most scenic parts of the park, then this hike might be just for you. The 8.8-mile route follows washes, encounters a lonely palm, and even includes an old shack, hiking by GPS much of the time. With lots of bouldering and an 800-foot elevation gain, this hike is rated as strenuous. If winter rains cooperate this is also a great place to find flowers. Hiking pole is required, along with other prerequisites of good boots, food, and enough water for up to six hours of hiking. We meet at ABDNHA and carpool from there.  Maximum 12 people. Call to reserve. No charge for the hike, but there is a parking fee for each vehicle.  
 


Mar. 12, Thur., 8 a.m. – 10 a.m.
Weekly Bird Walk: Intro to Birding

Join David Lasley and explore some of the best birding locations in Borrego Springs. Beginners and advanced birders 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: no charge; Nonmembers: $5 donation requested.  


Mar. 13, Fri., 10 a.m. – Noon
ABDNHA Weekly Borrego Bike Ride

It’s time to get out and ride with ABDNHA’s free weekly bike ride!  Ride route decided at start time, depending on the ability of the group, with an average ride of 15-to-20 miles, suited to the riders. Meet at Bike Borrego! located on the south side of The Mall, facing the post office. No pre-registration required, just show up and ride. Helmets required. Bikes are available to rent at Bike Borrego. Experienced riders who can assist Julie appreciated, especially when groups are large. Contact ABDNHA if you want to ride and help. Repeats weekly.   
 


Mar. 13, Fri., 7:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Workshop: Getting Started with Night Photography
Instructor: Mike McElhatton


Learn how to use your camera to take photos at night, street scenes, around the campfire, under the moonlight, or of the night sky. Experiment with “light painting.” A fancy camera is not required, but one that allows manual settings will work best.  Most point-&-shoot cameras will be okay for this class. A tripod is recommended, but we can improvise. A short time in class, then time outside to take pictures, and a photo review time permitting. NM $12; M $8; V $7.

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Mar. 14, Sat., 8 a.m. – Noon
Hike: Hornblende Canyon
Leader: Kathy Bussey, ABDNHA Volunteer


Join us on this moderate, 4.4 mile hike, with 700 feet of elevation gain, through a beautiful canyon named for the black rock along the route. The route traverses several dry waterfalls and leads to an area with old mines and morteros.  Meet at ABDNHA and carpool to the trailhead, with parking on Hwy S2.  Essentials: water, snacks, hat, good hiking boots. Space limited, call to reserve. No charge.
 


Mar. 14, Sat., 4:30 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Lecture: The San Andreas Fault
Speaker: David K. Lynch, Ph. D.


What is the San Andreas Fault? Where is it? How can I see? What does it do to the landscape? What risks does it pose? What towns lie on the fault? When is the "big one" coming? An illustrated, color presentation with topics including plate tectonics, continental drift, fault activity, the origin of volcanoes, and the geologic future of California.  Dr. Lynch’s book, “Field Guide to the San Andreas Fault,” is available at the Nature Center and for signing at this program. At the ABDNHA Library. R
eserve online or call 760-767-3098. NM $12; M $10; V $9.
See related activity on March 15.

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Mar. 14, Sat., 7:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Program: The Whole Shebang! Origin & Destiny of the Universe
Speaker: David K. Lynch, Ph.D., Astronomer & Geologist


Explore the whole shebang with us, including where did the universe come from and where is it going?  Why do we think that a BIG BANG actually happened? Did the atoms in our body really come from inside a star? How old is the Earth? What is dark matter and dark energy? What is “string theory” and what does it have to do with all this? Will the Universe keep on expanding, and if so what will happen? Join us for this thought-provoking program. At ABDNHA Library. Call to reserve. NM $12; M $10; V $9.

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Mar. 15, Sun., 8:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Field Trip: The San Andreas Fault, Salton Sea Geothermal Field & Salton Buttes
Leader: David K. Lynch, Ph. D.

Field trip (of approximately 100 miles total) to fascinating geological features related to the San Andreas Fault, including the Salton Buttes volcanoes, geothermal mud pots and mud volcanoes, and Salt Creek where we will see and actually stand on the San Andreas Fault! The day includes views of the Salton Sea and migratory birds. This tour involves leisurely drives, some on well graded dirt roads, and light walking—no 4WD or serious hiking is required.  


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 to reserve. Meet at the Nature Center. NM $25; M $20; V $18.
See related activity on March 14.  

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Mar. 15, Sun., 7:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.  Tentative: See **important note below
ABDNHA Members-only Hike: Carrizo Gorge to the Goat Canyon Trestle! 
This hike repeats on March 21.
Leader: Reena Deutsch, Author, “San Diego & Arizona Railway, the Impossible Railroad”


Following two successful hikes from Jacumba in the fall, we again offer a very special ABDNHA members-only hike on and along the tracks of the historic 100-year-old San Diego & Arizona Railway to the landmark Goat Canyon Trestle in breathtaking and remote Carrizo Gorge. This time, we will approach from the north/east. The round-trip hike is 11 miles, through 6 tunnels, and over several smaller trestles, with a slight grade and awesome views of a geologically active region bounded by two desert mountain ranges.   Reena Deutsch, a noted historian of the SD&A, will share information about the railroad’s colorful history along the way.

Required items: at least 3 quarts of water (more if hot), snacks, lunch, 2 flashlights with fully charged batteries, anti-blister items (e.g., moleskin), and a good attitude. Wear layered clothing and lug-sole footwear. At times, walking will require concentrated focus, careful stepping, and a comfortable sense of balance near the edge of drop-offs and going over smaller trestles. People fearful of heights or who have poor balance should not participate.  Park and meet at 7:30 a.m. on Highway S2 at approximately milepost 55.8 before the turnoff to Mortero Wash.

Allow 1.5 hours from Borrego Springs and 2 hours from San Diego. Liability release forms from the railroad and ABDNHA are required before the hike. To minimize the number of vehicles, carpooling 7 miles in 4WD high clearance vehicles to the trailhead is required of all hikers. Maximum of 22 people. ABDNHA Members $18; Volunteers $16. Call 760-767-3098 to register.
 

** Important note regarding this hike: At the time of publication these Carrizo Gorge hikes are pending confirmation and approval by the railroad.  We anticipate that the hikes will be approved but that cannot be guaranteed as the approval process is taking place at this time.  If you signup,  the  ABDNHA Nature Center will provide you with full information, including whether the hike is approved or not approved,  as soon as that information is available.  You will not be charged any fee until the hike is confirmed.  760-767-3098   (This hike repeats on March 21.)
 


Mar. 17, Tue., 9 a.m. - Noon
Hike: Lute Benchmark Loop
Leader: Joan Malone, ABDNHA Volunteer

A moderate 2-to-3-mile walk to the Lute Benchmark and back. Bring water, snack. Wear good hiking shoes. Meet at mile-marker 30.9 on S22; park on the north side of the highway. No charge; call the Nature Center to reserve.  


Mar. 18, Wed., 3:30 p.m.
Lecture & Field Trip: Birth of a Hawk Watch.
Speaker & Guide: Biologist Hal Cohen


The story of the Swainson's Hawk and their annual migration stretches from Canada in the north all the way to Argentina, a yearly round trip that can span 12,000 miles or more. Along the way, thousands of the hawks pass through the Borrego Valley. Join Hal Cohen as he tells the story of how he set out to observe turkey vultures one day and the Borrego Hawk Watch was created. Following the lecture, we will go out to the hawk watch location about 8 minutes away.  Bring binoculars, cameras, or scopes, as you prefer. NM $12; M $8; V $7. Call to reserve your place. At the ABDNHA Library.  

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Mar. 19, Thur., 8 a.m. – 10 a.m.
Weekly Bird Walk: Intro to Birding

Join David Lasley and explore some of the best birding locations in Borrego Springs. Beginners and advanced birders 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: no charge; Nonmembers: $5 donation requested.  


Mar. 20, Fri., 10 a.m. – Noon
ABDNHA Weekly Borrego Bike Ride

It’s time to get out and ride with ABDNHA’s free weekly bike ride!  Ride route decided at start time, depending on the ability of the group, with an average ride of 15-to-20 miles, suited to the riders. Meet at Bike Borrego! located on the south side of The Mall, facing the post office. No pre-registration required, just show up and ride. Helmets required. Bikes are available to rent at Bike Borrego. Experienced riders who can assist Julie appreciated, especially when groups are large. Contact ABDNHA if you want to ride and help. Repeats weekly.


Mar. 20, Fri., 7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Program: Special Birds of Anza-Borrego
Instructor: Kurt Leuschner, Professor of Natural Resources, College of the Desert. 

What are the special birds of Anza-Borrego and what makes them special? Kurt says these are the species that are uniquely adapted to the desert environment or have interesting behaviors—the birds one hopes to see when coming to Anza-Borrego.  NM $12; M $8; V $7. ( Audubon Attendees $8)
At the ABDNHA Library.
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Contact Phone # is Required
 

Mar. 21 Sat., 7:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. Tentative: See **important note below
ABDNHA Members-only Hike: Carrizo Gorge to the Goat Canyon Trestle! 
Leader: Reena Deutsch, Author, “San Diego & Arizona Railway, the Impossible Railroad”

Also see hike on March 15

Following two successful hikes from Jacumba in the fall, we again offer a very special ABDNHA members-only hike on and along the tracks of the historic 100-year-old San Diego & Arizona Railway to the landmark Goat Canyon Trestle in breathtaking and remote Carrizo Gorge. This time, we will approach from the north/east. The round-trip hike is 11 miles, through 6 tunnels, and over several smaller trestles, with a slight grade and awesome views of a geologically active region bounded by two desert mountain ranges.  Reena Deutsch, a noted historian of the SD&A, will share information about the railroad’s colorful history along the way.

Required items: at least 3 quarts of water (more if hot), snacks, lunch, 2 flashlights with fully charged batteries, anti-blister items (e.g., moleskin), and a good attitude. Wear layered clothing and lug-sole footwear. At times, walking will require concentrated focus, careful stepping, and a comfortable sense of balance near the edge of drop-offs and going over smaller trestles. People fearful of heights or who have poor balance should not participate.  Park and meet at 7:30 a.m. on Highway S2 at approximately milepost 55.8 before the turnoff to Mortero Wash.

Allow 1.5 hours from Borrego Springs and 2 hours from San Diego. Liability release forms from the railroad and ABDNHA are required before the hike. To minimize the number of vehicles, carpooling 7 miles in 4WD high clearance vehicles to the trailhead is required of all hikers. Maximum of 22 people. ABDNHA Members $18; Volunteers $16.
 
** Important note regarding this hike: At the time of publication these Carrizo Gorge hikes are pending confirmation and approval by the railroad.  We anticipate that the hikes will be approved but that cannot be guaranteed as the approval process is taking place at this time.  If you signup,  the  ABDNHA Nature Center will provide you with full information, including whether the hike is approved or not approved,  as soon as that information is available.  You will not be charged any fee until the hike is confirmed.  760-767-3098 (This hike also planned for March 15.)  


Mar. 21, Sat., 9 a.m. – 11 a.m.
Getting Started with Flower Photography
Instructor: Mike McElhatton

In this introductory program we will cover the basics of flower photography; how to use your camera to make the best of whatever conditions nature gives you, with tips on focus, lighting, camera settings, backgrounds, composition, and basic editing.  No fancy camera required; bring whatever camera you normally use. Classroom time, then outside to shoot whatever we can find close at hand, then back inside to take a look at our photos. NM $12; M $8; V $7.

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Mar. 21, Sat., 7 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Desert Stargaze on a Spring Evening
Leader: Astronomer Robert Victor

Meet at ABDNHA, and then take a short drive to a close-by, dark spot where we will see a beautiful 2-day-old crescent Moon with Mars nearby in the western sky below Venus, with Jupiter in the eastern sky. If the night is clear and dark, we should be able to observe the zodiacal light, a nearly vertical cone of light extending up past the Moon, Mars, and Venus toward the Pleiades and Hyades clusters in Taurus, and perhaps even farther. Bring binoculars and a lawn chair to get comfortable and enjoy this tour of the night sky. Bad weather cancels. No Charge. Call to reserve.
 


Mar. 22, Sun., 8 a.m. – mid-afternoon
Tour & Hike: In-Ko-Pah, Boulder Creek
Leader: Naturalist Karyn Sauber

We begin our day driving along Old Hwy 80 where we overlook east bound I-8 and the area we will explore, where Native Americans once lived.  We’ll park along east bound I-8 and walk through a couple culverts to an old line shack from the 1930s, then continue up the dry creek bed to a palm oasis for lunch. 5-6 miles total of moderate hiking. Bring a light wind jacket, for this higher elevation. Must be willing to carpool.  Meet at: Ocotillo Community Park. Allow one hour from Borrego Springs; allow 1.5 hours from San Diego.  Limited to 16 people. Call early to reserve; trip requires a minimum.  NM $32 ; M $22; V $20.

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Mar. 23, Mon., 8 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Hike: Mountain Palm Spring
Leader: Dave Duncan, ABDNHA Volunteer

It's springtime in Anza-Borrego!  Join volunteer Dave for a moderate-strenous 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 8 a.m. sharp. Call to reserve. No charge.
   


Mar. 25, Wed., 8 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Birding Hike to Bailey Cabin
Leader: Volunteer Naturalist Ann Keenan

We will bird along the trail through the area known as Hawi-Vallecito to the historic Bailey Cabin, adjacent to Vallecito County Park. This is an easy hike, only 3 miles roundtrip with no elevation gain.  We would expect to see early spring migrants as well as the common birds of the desert and, hopefully, wildflowers as well. Bring binoculars, water, and lunch. We will meet at ABDNHA and carpool from there.  Call to reserve. Maximum 10 people. No charge.  


Mar. 26, Thur., 8 a.m. – 10 a.m.
Weekly Bird Walk: Intro to Birding

Join David Lasley and explore some of the best birding locations in Borrego Springs. Beginners and advanced birders 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: no charge; Nonmembers: $5 donation requested.  


Mar. 26, Thur., 6 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Travel log: The Sonoran Desert, North to South  
Presenters: John & Elena Thompson

Fascinating history, missions, geography, plants and towns dot this exciting zone that Borrego Springs and the Anza-Borrego Desert State Park are a part of with our neighbor to the south: Baja, California. Come learn about this exciting area that Elena and John Thompson have visited and many tales from along the way!  At the ABDNHA Library. Call to reserve. NM $12; M $8; V $7.

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Mar. 27, Fri., 10 a.m. – Noon
ABDNHA Weekly Borrego Bike Ride

It’s time to get out and ride with ABDNHA’s free weekly bike ride!  Ride route decided at start time, depending on the ability of the group, with an average ride of 15-to-20 miles, suited to the riders. Meet at Bike Borrego! located on the south side of The Mall, facing the post office. No pre-registration required, just show up and ride. Helmets required. Bikes are available to rent at Bike Borrego. Experienced riders who can assist Julie appreciated, especially when groups are large. Contact ABDNHA if you want to ride and help. Repeats weekly.
  


Mar. 27, Fri., 7 p.m./7:30 p.m.
* ABDNHA 43rd Desert Lecture Series
*Meet the Speaker 7 p.m., Lecture at 7:30 p.m.
Native Bees of San Diego County: Biology, Diversity, and Conservation
Speaker: Keng-Lou James Hung, Researcher, UCSD Doctoral Candidate

The arid regions of southern California are a hotspot of biodiversity for bees--one of the most important pollinators of our region. Pollinator Ecologist James Hung will explore the natural history and diversity of these fascinating organisms, as well as his current research efforts to document bee biodiversity in San Diego County and to understand how bee fauna are being impacted by increasing urbanization in our County. Please come with any questions you may have about bees! Members: No charge; Others: $10 fee at the door, or join ABDNHA tonight. At the Borrego Springs Performing Arts Center. Seating is limited and on a first-come basis. For information: 760-767-3098. Refreshments served following the program.  Program sponsored by UCSD researchers Reena Deutsch, PhD, and Hamp Atkinson, MD.



  General Public $30, ABDNHA Members $20, Volunteers $18                  Earlybird price is $2 off
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ABDNHA members may buy two tickets at the member price; additional tickets may be purchased at the regular price.  Tickets are not refundable. 


Mar. 28, Sat., 9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.
17th Annual Borrego Desert Garden Tour

One of our most popular events of the year!


Mar. 30, Mon., 8:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Hike: Oakzanita Peak
Leader: Robin Halford, Hiking Book Author

This 7.1-mile moderate hike goes to the top of one of the peaks in Rancho Cuyamaca State Park. The entire route is on trails and a fire road. Expect great views, minimal bouldering, some mountain plants in flower, and cooler temperatures than in the desert.  Directions: From Julian drive south on Hwy 79 to mile 3.7 (16.5 miles).  Park on the left/east side of the road in the pullout for East Mesa. Call to reserve. No charge but space is limited.


Mar. 30, Mon., 8 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Hike: Culp Valley 
Leader: Fred Melgert, ABDNHA Volunteer


This 6-mile cross-country loop was made more accessible by a fire in 2012, and there is plenty of space for flowers if the weather cooperates. A strenuous hike, with 1,000-foot elevation gain, some steep terrain, and bouldering. The higher elevation will give us cooler temperatures than in the Borrego Valley. A hiking pole is required, along with other prerequisites of good boots, food, and enough water for up to four hours of hiking. Meet at ABDNHA and carpool from there. Max. 12 people. Call to reserve. No charge.  
  


Apr. 2, Thur., 8 a.m. – 10 a.m.
Weekly Bird Walk: Intro to Birding

Join David Lasley and explore some of the best birding locations in Borrego Springs. Beginners and advanced birders 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: no charge; Nonmembers: $5 donation requested.  


Apr. 3, Fri., 10 a.m. – Noon
ABDNHA Weekly Borrego Bike Ride

It’s time to get out and ride with ABDNHA’s free weekly bike ride!  Ride route decided at start time, depending on the ability of the group, with an average ride of 15-to-20 miles, suited to the riders. Meet at Bike Borrego! located on the south side of The Mall, facing the post office. No pre-registration required, just show up and ride. Helmets required. Bikes are available to rent at Bike Borrego. Experienced riders who can assist Julie appreciated, especially when groups are large. Contact ABDNHA if you want to ride and help. Repeats weekly.


Apr. 6, Mon., 8 a.m.
Borrego Birders - Meet at Christmas Circle
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Join us on April 10 - 11 as ABDNHA brings leaders in the fields of water resources and energy to Borrego Springs for a weekend of learning in the first event in our Desert Living series.

Apr. 10, Fri., 7:00 p.m.
ABDNHA 43rd Desert Lecture Series
Disappearing Groundwater in the Western United States
Speaker: Jay Famiglietti, Senior Water Scientist NASA JPL, Hydrologist, UCI Professor, Researcher
 
Program begins Meet the Speaker – 7 p.m. ,  7:30 Lecture


Jay Famiglietti is an internationally recognized authority on climate change and water resources, often the ‘go to person” when governments, industry, leading researchers, and the national media want to understand what is happening to our water supplies.  As a lead scientist with NASA’s satellite-based GRACE project, Famiglietti will explain how satellite imaging is exposing the global nature of groundwater depletion, and how that is being combined with ground-based research, such as observations of wells in the Coachella Valley.   ABDNHA Members: no charge; Others: $10 at the door, or join tonight. At the Borrego Springs Performing Arts Center. Seating is limited and on a first-come basis. See also Saturday, April 11, at 10 a.m.



Learn more....view 60 minutes segments with Jay Famiglietti and others discussing the critical issues of ground water depletion and how NASA is using satelitte imagery to map ground water resources.

    


Apr. 11, Sat., 10 a.m. – 11 a.m.
Lecture: The Geology of Aquifers
Speaker: Jay Famiglietti, Senior Water Scientist NASA JPL, Hydrologist, UCI Professor


An introduction to aquifers by an expert hydrologist. How do aquifers develop? What are the rock structures? How do aquifers collect and hold water? How are they recharged? How deep are they? How do they differ one from the other? How long is water held underground before we extract it?  What determines the water quality in an aquifer? Why does water quality change at different depths within an aquifer? What are the risks as water is removed? What are the risks to aquifer sustainability, earthquakes, over draft? 
PRICING:   Register for this program: NM $25; M $15; V $14,
or select "All Day Sat. Pass" in the
dropdown menu below to include all three Saturday Programs. (Geology of Aquifers, Grid of the Future, and Geothermal Power at the Salton Sea): $70, M $40, V $35.

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Apr. 11, Sat., 12:30 p.m. – 2 p.m. br>Lecture: Science & Technology: The Electrical Grid of the Future
Speaker: Tom Bialek, Ph.D., P.E. Chief Engineer of Smart Grid, Sempra Utilities


Just as the internet has revolutionized the way people communicate, technological changes in the field of energy are transforming the way energy is produced, distributed, and used.  This presentation offers an explanation of the science and technology that is driving that transformation, including power generation, transmission, power storage, and renewable energy. What are the technical challenges to be faced by the large utility companies that currently produce most of America’s power, including Sempra, which provides electricity to 31 million customers worldwide? If you care about where energy will come from in the future and how it will be used, then this is the place to learn the technical side of things, in laymen’s terms, from one of the engineers who is at the forefront of the innovation.
PRICING:   Register for this program: NM $25; M $15; V $14,
or select "All Day Sat. Pass" in the
dropdown menu below to include all three Saturday Programs. (Geology of Aquifers, Grid of the Future, and Geothermal Power at the Salton Sea): $70, M $40, V $35.

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Apr. 11, Sat., 2:30 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Program: Geothermal Resources, Harvesting Nature’s Energy in Imperial Valley
Speaker: Vince Signorotti, EnergySource  LLC, Vice President, Resource and Real Estate Assets

Hear the history of energy development in Imperial County and the reason for the geothermal plants located on the shores of the Salton Sea. Learn what geothermal energy is, why it’s at the Salton Sea, and how it transfers to energy we can use. Experience a short “virtual tour” of a geothermal plant. Vince Signorotti has worked in the energy business for over 32 years, with the majority of time in the renewable energy sector, primarily geothermal energy development.  Currently, at EnergySource LLC, he is responsible for the acquisition and maintenance of land, leases and the real estate components for the Hudson Ranch project, which is located near the Salton Sea. He is also involved in legislative affairs and regulatory issues associated with geothermal energy development.  (See related field trip on Apr. 12.)
PRICING:   Register for this program: NM $25; M $15; V $14,
or select "All Day Sat. Pass" in the
dropdown menu below to include all three Saturday Programs. (Geology of Aquifers, Grid of the Future, and Geothermal Power at the Salton Sea): $70, M $40, V $35.

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Apr. 12, Sun., 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Tour: John L. Featherstone Geothermal Power Plant
Tour Leader: Vince Signorotti

The John L Featherstone plant is a three-stage flash geothermal plant with an installed capacity of 49.9MW. It is the first new stand-alone geothermal plant in over 20 years in the Salton Sea area. The power plant provides electricity for approximately 50,000 houses. The plant has won numerous awards, including an environmental stewardship award from Environmental and Energy Study Institute (EESI) and Geothermal Energy Association (GEA). On the tour, we will see the fascinating process that converts natural heat into electrical energy.  No outside fuel required.  Space limited. Dress code requires long pants, close-toed walking shoes, no tank tops. Meet at ABDNHA. NM $25; M $15; V $14.  (See related lecture on April 11, 2:30 p.m.)

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 Borrego Springs Dark Sky Calendar - Stargazing & Astronomy in Borrego Springs


Tuesday, February 3, 2015 (ABDNHA)
Full Moon Desert Hike 6:30 - 9:30 p.m.

Saturday, February 14, 2015 (ABDNHA)
Stargazing 7:30 p.m. Lutheran Church on Church Lane

Saturday, February 14, 2015 (Calfornia Overland Desert Excursions) http://www.californiaoverland.com Celestial Overnight Campout: Valentine’s Day Under the Stars

Sunday, February 15, 2015 (The Springs at Borrego)
http://www.springsatborrego.com/stars.php Behind the Scenes at the Star Factory

Tuesday, March 5, 2015 (ABDNHA)
Full Moon Desert Hike 7 - 9:30 p.m.

 

Saturday, March 21, 2015 (ABDNHA)
Spring Night Stargaze .

Sunday, March 29, 2015 (The Springs at Borrego)
http://www.springsatborrego.com/stars.php Cosmic Coverup

Friday, April 3, 2015 (Borrego Springs Resort)
http://www.borregospringsresort.com Total Lunar Eclipse

Saturday, April 11, 2015 (California Overland Desert Excursions)
http://www.californiaoverland.com Celestial Overnight Campout

Sunday, April 19, 2015 (The Springs at Borrego)
http://www.springsatborrego.com/stars.php The Rest of the Story…

Saturday, May 23, 2015 (California Overland Desert Excursions)
http://www.californiaoverland.com Celestial Overnight Campout

Sunday, May 24, 2015 (The Springs at Borrego)
http://www.springsatborrego.com/stars.php It’s Full of Stars!

  

**Garden Tour Ticket Terms: The Borrego Garden Tour is an annual fund raiser for the educational non-profit Anza-Borrego Desert Natural History Association.  Tickets purchased for this event are not refundable.  For Additional information about the 2015 Borrego Garden Tour, including requests for promotional photos, please contact abdnhaprograms@gmail.com  ABDNHA Members may purchase up to two tickets per membership at the Member price.

 

 

 

 
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