ACTIVITY CALENDAR
Anza-Borrego Desert Natural History Associaton

P O BOX 310, Borrego Springs, CA 92004  760-767-3098
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SECOND ANNUAL CALIFORNIA DESERT HISTORY WEEKEND February. 14-16


Feb. 14, Fri., 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

All Aboard the Butterfield Trail: The Life & Work of Artist Marjorie Reed
Speaker: Gary Fillmore, Author, Art Collector


In preparation for tomorrow’s trip exploring sights along the Butterfield Stage Route, Gary Fillmore shows the work of Artist Marjorie Reed and gives us a colorful portrait of the determined character and adventuresome personality of the woman who is best known for her paintings of the Butterfield-Overland Stage Trail. Better than any other western artist, Reed captured the romance and appeal of this rugged route, which carried mail and adventurous passengers from 1858 to 1861 from Missouri to California.  NM$12, M$10, V$8. Register: www.abdnha.org, Nature Center, 760-767-3098.
THE MARJORIE REED PROGRAM IS NOW FULL



Sat., Feb. 15, 8 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Tour of Historical Butterfield Stagecoach Route & Ranchos in San Diego County Leaders: Urmi Ray & Sanjiv Nanda, Volunteers


 This driving tour begins at the ABDNHA Library with an introductory orientation program, followed by drives to some of the quintessential stops on the historic San Antonio and San Diego Stage Coach Route. We will have interpretive tours at the Vallecito Stagecoach stop by County Park Rangers and volunteer archaeologist, and a detailed historical tour of the beautifully refurbished Warner-Carrillo Stage Stop at Warner Springs. On our return to Borrego Springs, we have a break to freshen up before a taco dinner reception at the ABDNHA gardens, with fireside chat and presentation by Kathryn Fletcher, author of “Warner Hot Springs (Images of America).”  Carpool strongly encouraged.  Bring warm clothes, including layers, good walking shoes, water and packed lunch for a picnic at Vallecito County Park. Have a full tank of gas. Meet at 8 a.m. at ABDNHA Library. Fee includes Saturday activities, entrance fees, and the dinner reception including wine, beer, soft drinks and water.  NM $70, M$55, V$50 (non-refundable).To register: www.abdnha.org, at Nature Center, or 760-767-3098.  
The driving tour is now full



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eb. 15, Sat., 7 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Program: Postcards from Mecca
By Archeologist Ron May & Warner Graves III.


Susie Keef Smith was seeking escape from a troubled home life and the havoc of childhood polio when she took a job as postmaster in Mecca, on the edge of California's Salton Sea. She and her cousin Lula Mae Graves set out to photograph the last of the prospectors, burro packers and stage stops in the remote desert to the east. They traveled by burro, foot, and Ford though washes and canyons, armed with a .38 revolver and a large format camera. While making postcards for the Post Office spinner rack, the women were remade in the wilderness and wound up creating an unparalleled portrait of one of the lesser-known deserts in the West. Smith's photos were nearly lost when upon her death they were tossed out by an estate administrator. A savvy archaeologist jumped into a dumpster and rescued many of the photos in this book, Postcards From Mecca. NM$12, M$10, V$8. Register: www.abdnha.org, Nature Center, 760-767-3098.
POSTCARDS FROM MECCA IS FULL - NO MORE REGISTRATIONS ACCDEPTED



Sun., Feb. 16, 8 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Two Historic Hikes in Box Canyon Leaders: Sanjiv Nanda and Kathy Bussey



Hike #1:  Hike the stagecoach route taken by Yuma-bound travelers.
Leader Sanjiv Nanda.

This hike will take you Southbound on the Wagon trail. The hike will start with a short stretch (1/2 mile round trip) on the Foot and Walker pass in Blair Valley, with optional hike up to the “overlook”. Afterwards, we will drive a short distance to start the hike to box canyon, traversing 200 years of history. We may even meet the North bound stagecoach passengers. This is a moderately easy hike. Total distance is 4 miles, relatively flat terrain. Bring snacks, lunch, plenty of water and dress warm in layers. Weather can be unpredictable. Carpool strongly encouraged.Meet at ABDNHA library

Hike #2:  Hike the stagecoach route taken by San Francisco-bound travelers.
Leader Kathy Bussey. 

An easy 3-mile round-trip hike, with an optional short steep climb to the roadside monument,  Box Canyon is part of a historic land route through southern California, with a roadbed created by the Mormon Battalion in 1847.  Meet at ABDNHA to carpool 40 min. to the trailhead with limited parking.  Max. 20. Bring water, hat, hiking boots, snack. No charge; call to reserve.

Meet at the ABDNHA Library for both hikes. No charge for either hike but space limited and you must specify which hike you wish to be on. Call to reserve.   You must select either Hike # 1 or Hike # 2 when you reserve.



Feb. 19, Wed., 8 a.m. - 11 a.m.
Weekly Invasive Weed Walks
Leader: Pat Matthews

Join Pat Matthews every Wednesday morning from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. to look for and remove invasive plants in various locations. We meet in the ABDNHA parking lot, 652 Palm Canyon Drive, and carpool from there; no pre-signups required. Bring hat, water, gloves. We supply the needed tools. Learn more about the desert and help protect the native habitat!  


Feb.20, Thurs., 8 a.m. – 10 a.m.
Weekly Thursday Bird Walk
Led by Local Birders

Want to know more about the birds you see in Borrego Springs and throughout Anza-Borrego?  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. ABDNHA Members and Volunteers: no charge; Nonmembers: $5 donation requested. Call or come in to the ABDNHA Nature Center 760-767-3098 to register.  


Feb. 20, Thurs., 4:30 p.m.
Borrego Valley Hawkwatch officially starts today!
Leader: Hal Cohen, Hawkwatch Founder & Coordinator

Stop by the ABDNHA Library, 652 Palm Canyon Drive, at 4:30 for a short presentation by Hal Cohen about the Swainson's Hawk migration, and then head out to the evening site to see what the first night of the Borrego Valley Hawkwatch brings!  This is a good opportunity to become involved as a new hawkwatcher. No charge.  Sign up not required, but we appreciate it if you would call and let us know your name and email so we can get you on the Hawkwatch list, 760-767-3098.  We will also have a clipboard sign-up at the 4:30 program.     



Feb. 21, Fri., 7:15 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Special Tour & Field Trip: Salton Sea Geology and Geothermal Plant
Leaders: Naturalist Joe Migliore & Geologist Don Barrie

This special, non-refundable, trip is limited to 22 people. Pack a lunch and join two of ABDNHA’s board members, Don Barrie and Joe Migliore, for a special ABDNHA tour and lecture about geothermal power at the Cal Energy Salton Sea geothermal power plant followed by a lunchbreak at the Sonny Bono Wildlife Refuge. We then head to Obsidian Butte, Rock Hill, Red Hill, and the Salton Mud Volcanoes as Geologist Barry explains how the San Andreas Fault has led to the abundant geothermal energy sources found at the Salton Sea. Solid shoes, close-toed shoes are required. Bring your lunch, water, snacks, as well as binoculars, and two way radios if you have them. NM $40, M $25, V$22. Register online, www.abdnha.org, or call us at 760-767-3098.  
THE SALTON SEA TOUR IS FULL

Feb. 21, Fri., 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
ABDNHA Travel Series
Journey to Greenland: The People, the Land, the Ice, and the Sea
Presenter: Mike McElhatton
This program is being repeated by requsts after the January 4 presentation was full.

Travel along with ABDNHA Education Director Mike McElhatton and his son, Andrew, on their 2019 adventure to Greenland.  With great photography, short videos, Greenlandic music, and lots of travel stories, you will learn more about Greenland than ever before.  See the icecap up close, visit isolated towns and settlements, learn about the Inuit people who live there, and hear their different perspectives on the changing climate.  Greenland is a land of spectacular mountains, ice fjords, and pristine arctic wilderness, where the traditional culture of hunting and fishing is woven into a modern 21st century lifestyle.  We’ll journey for two days down the west coast of Greenland as Greenlanders do, on the Arctic Umiaq Line, the national ferry that carries passengers and cargo to isolated towns, and we’ll have a look at Nuuk, Greenland's booming small-town capital.  Greenland is a fresh and exciting travel destination, a largely roadless country where the only ways to get from town to town are by boat, plane, helicopter, or dogsled in winter.  Whether you think you might want to visit or you just want to have a look, you will enjoy this special program.  NM$12, M$10, V$8. Register: www.abdnha.org, Nature Center, or call 760-767-3098.
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Feb. 21, Fri., 10 a.m. - Noon
ABDNHA Weekly Bike Ride
Leader: Volunteer Paul Petersen 

No charge, 12-20 miles social ride. Meet at Bike Borrego, south side of The Mall.  


Feb. 22, Sat., 9 a.m. – Noon
Native Plant Sale At ABDNHA’s Birds & Blooms Garden Shop

Located at 652 Palm Canyon Drive, just west of Carlee’s, at the entrance to the ABDNHA Desert Garden A wide selection of native and desert-adapted plants for sale, most one-gallon in size: including milkweed, chuparosa, mallow, desert marigold, fairy duster, and various agaves and cacti. Personnel on hand to answer your questions and assist with plant selection.  


Feb. 22, Sat., 8 a.m. - Noon
Hike: Skull Canyon
Leader: Lance Holmberg, ABDNHA Volunteer

This hike leads to an area that is rarely explored, south of Glorietta Canyon above the Yaqui Meadows.  We will meander up a wash heading south to get to the canyon, gradually gaining elevation.  Most of the hike is moderately strenuous with a section of scrambling to get around a dry waterfall.  Expect a little botany chatter along the way as well as great views.  The round trip distance is about 6 miles with 1,600' of elevation gain.  This is a cross-country loop route and not a trail.  Why is it called Skull Canyon? Come along on the hike and you will learn how it got its name. Meet at ABDNHA and carpool to the trailhead.  Bring plenty of water, snacks, and hat. No charge. Max. 12 people. Call 760-767-5298 or visit the ABDNHA Desert Nature Center to register   



Feb. 22, Sat., 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Program: Exploring Earth's Geology: From Space
By Adrian Borsa Ph.D.    Scripps -  Institute of Geophysics and Planetary Physics

Although the ground feels stable below our feet , the surface of the Earth is actually very much in motion, rising and falling due to forces inside the earth, on the surface of the earth, and outside of the earth.  As the ice in Greenland melts the land below it is rising, as aquifers in the earth fill and empty, the surface of the earth goes up and down.   This continual flexing of the earth’s surface can be now be detected with satellites, satellites that were originally tasked with capturing movements from earthquakes.  Join Adrian Borsa Ph.D. as he explains his work, using satelittes and GPS to describe how the shape of Earth’s surface is changing, sometimes within seconds, and sometimes over decades, and how these changes are linked to phenomena from earthquakes to climate change.
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Feb 22, 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.  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. Cancelled in case of heavy cloud cover.  


Feb. 23, Sun. 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
4WD Trip: Canyon Sin Nombre
Leader: Ed Pollock, ABDNHA Volunteer

Join Ed Pollock for this journey though beautiful Canyon Sin Nombre and Arroyo Tapiado in the southern part of Anza-Borrego Desert State Park.  Bring your lunch for this full day of 4WD exploring. Our actual route may change depending upon road conditions. Meet at the ABDNHA Library, and we will carpool from there. Short-wheel-based 4WD vehicles required.  Be sure to have a full tank of gas, plenty of water, lunch, and a jacket. Folding chair for lunch is optional. No charge, but space limited. Call ABDNHA Nature Center 760-767-3098 to register. Please be willing to carpool as number of cars is limited.   


This program is being repeated by requsts after the January 25 presentation was full.

Feb. 23, Sun., 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

ABDNHA Travel Series
The Faroe Islands: Magical, Mystical, Natural
Presenter: Mike McElhatton ABDNHA Education Program Director

 

Join ABDNHA program director Mike McElhatton as he takes you with him and his son Andy on their September journey to the Faroe Islands.

Farřyar: From the moment you step off the plane in the Faroe Islands you know you have arrived in a different kind of place, a place where nature reigns, with twisted and torn volcanic mountains rising from the sea, rocky ridges covered in green, and countless waterfalls that carry torrants from the highlands to the valley floor.  With turf roofed houses, hillsides covered with an ancient breed of sheep,  geese that wander wherever the want, and the cleanest little villages you will find anywhere, it really does seem like a magical place.  There is no sense of hurry here, not yet anyway, because the Faroe Islands remain off the radar of most world travelers, at least for the moment.


Looking at the Faoroes on a world map you might jump to the conclusion that is a land of simple and hardy folk in some place that time forgot. That is not true in the least!  Sea tunnels connect all of the main islands with excellent roads, the smallest of towns are connected to the world with technology, and some of the most elaborate, beautiful, and technologicaly equipped schools to be found anywhere in the world are in this tiny island country.  Music and the arts are celebrated everywhere, and the architecture reflects both the heritage of the past and inspiration for the future. 


Only 55,000 people call Farřyar their home, with 15,000 of them living in Tórshavn, a beautiful and fascinating little capital, with a turf covered parliment, twisting steets to explore, and restaurants with superb food; pure and natural like everything else. 
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Feb. 26, Wed., 2 p.m.
Borrego Rock & Gem Club Meeting
At the ABDNHA Activity Room. Newcomers welcome.  


Feb. 26, Wed., 8 am - 11 am
Weekly Invasive Weed Walks
Leader: Pat Matthews

Join Pat Matthews every Wednesday morning from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. to look for and remove invasive plants in various locations. We meet in the ABDNHA parking lot, 652 Palm Canyon Drive, and carpool from there; no pre-signups required. Bring hat, water, gloves. We supply the needed tools. Learn more about the desert and help protect the native habitat!  


Feb. 27, Thurs., 8 a.m. – 10 a.m.
Weekly Thursday Bird Walk
Led by Local Birders

Want to know more about the birds you see in Borrego Springs and throughout Anza-Borrego?  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. ABDNHA Members and Volunteers: no charge; Nonmembers: $5 donation requested. Call or come in to the ABDNHA Nature Center 760-767-3098 to register.  


Feb., 28, Fri., 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Easy Hike: Pam’s Ambles
Leader: Pam Blake, ABDNHA Volunteer

Pam’s Ambles are easygoing social walks where we can explore along the way—plants, flowers, geology, scenery, and time for photographs. Locations are selected where participants can easily return to their car or continue further on their own if they wish. Meet at ABDNHA. Max. 12 people. No charge, please call to reserve.  


Feb. 28, Fri., 10 a.m. - Noon
ABDNHA Weekly Bike Ride
Leader: Volunteer Paul Petersen 

No charge, 12-20 miles social ride. Meet at Bike Borrego, south side of The Mall.  



Feb. 28, Fri., 7:30 p.m.
ABDNHA Desert Lecture Series
Cahuilla Subsistence and Persistence: Chief Juan Antonio Kostakik
Speaker: William Madrigal, M.A., Cahuilla/Luiseno Educator, Doctoral Candidate

Hereditary leader of the Cahuilla nations during the Gold Rush era, Kostakik's lineage lived during a tumultuous time where survival was difficult and uncertain for the Cahuilla people. Because of his role, Cahuilla ethnohistory and epistemic knowledge is preserved for the future Cahuilla posterity. William Madrigal, Jr., is an Adjunct Professor of American Indian Studies, and Doctoral Candidate in Native American Studies, Department of Ethnic Studies, at UC Riverside.  Program takes place at the Borrego Springs Performing Arts Center. Seating is limited; seating is first-come, first-served. ABDNHA members, no charge; general public $10 at the door, or we invite you to join ABDNHA tonight.  For questions, call us at 760-767-3098.  



Feb. 29, Sat., 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Geology Lecture: The Four Prehistoric Worlds Exposed in Fish Creek Wash
Geologist Pat Abbott, Ph.D.

Sedimentary rock layers are like the pages in a history book. As we pass through Split Mountain Gorge we will see evidence in the sedimentary rock layers of four different worlds. World 1 was hot and dull.  World 2 saw dynamic mountain building and serious erosion.  World 3 began with a catastrophe, then the ocean rushed in.  World 4 saw the Colorado River delta arrive and bury the landscape.  Dr. Pat Abbott is a professor emeritus at San Diego State University, having taught geology there for many years. His textbook, Natural Disasters, is currently in its ninth edition, covering plate tectonics, earthquakes, climate change, and volcanic history of the Pacific region. A popular speaker, he has been a lecturer for the Smithsonian Institution, and is widely consulted as an expert on California earthquakes and the geology of southern California. At the ABDNHA Library, 652 Palm Canyon Drive. NM$12, M$10, V$8. Register: www.abdnha.org, at our Nature Center, or call 760-767-3098.  See related field trip on March 1 with Dr. Abbott.  
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Mar. 1, Sun., 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Geology Field Trip: The Four Prehistoric Worlds exposed in Fish Creek Wash
Leader: Geologist Pat Abbott, Ph.D.

Stop at seven locations in and around Split Mountain Gorge, guided by Geologist Pat Abbot, and see firsthand the layers and the timelines he described in the previous night’s lecture.  Note that the program on February 29 and field trip on March 1 are offered as two separate activities. It is highly recommended that field trip participants attend the previous night’s lecture in order to get the most of the field trip—however, is it not required.  NM $50, M $40, V $35. Register: www.abdnha.org, Nature Center, or call 760-767-3098.  
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Mar. 2, Mon., 8 a.m. Borrego Birders – Meet at Christmas Circle

Leader: Local birders All levels welcome for birding in and around Borrego Valley.  


Mar. 4, Wed., 8 a.m. - 11 a.m.
Weekly Invasive Weed Walks
Leader: Pat Matthews

Join Pat Matthews every Wednesday morning from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. to look for and remove invasive plants in various locations. We meet in the ABDNHA parking lot, 652 Palm Canyon Drive, and carpool from there; no pre-signups required. Bring hat, water, gloves. We supply the needed tools. Learn more about the desert and help protect the native habitat!  


Mar. 5, Thurs., 8 a.m. – 10 a.m.
Weekly Thursday Bird Walk Led by Local Birders

Want to know more about the birds you see in Borrego Springs and throughout Anza-Borrego?  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. ABDNHA Members and Volunteers: no charge; Nonmembers: $5 donation requested. Call or come in to the ABDNHA Nature Center 760-767-3098 to register.  


Mar. 6, Fri., 8 a.m. - Noon Hike: Mine Hike
Leader: Lance Holmberg, ABDNHA Volunteer

This is a short, moderately strenuous hike, about 2.5 miles, up an obscure old jeep road at the south end of Blair Valley. At the high point, we can poke around an old prospect and look for some unusual fishhook cacti, and some signs of use by Native Americans. Not much remains of prospecting activity except evidence of some minor excavation. The road ends at a small mine overlooking Rainbow Canyon. Meet at ABDNHA and carpool to the trailhead. Bring plenty of water, snacks, and hat. No charge. Max. 12 people. Call 760-767-3098 or visit the ABDNHA Desert Nature Center to register.   Mar. 6, Fri., 10 a.m. - Noon ABDNHA Weekly Bike Ride Leader: Volunteer Paul Petersen  No charge, 12-20 miles social ride. Meet at Bike Borrego, south side of The Mall.  


Mar. 6, Fri., 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. .
Program: The Rattlesnakes of Anza-Borrego
By Lee Grismer Ph.D., Herpetologist


Lee Grismer is one of the foremost authorities in the world on the reptiles of Baja California and the deserts of Southern California.  His programs are fun, lively, and his passion for reptiles has extended to photography, with exceptional images for his various publications and presentations.  In this program Dr. Grismer will talk about the biology of rattlesnakes, focusing on the unique heat-sensing pit and the rattle and along with the natural history of the four species of rattlesnakes that occur in Anza-Borrego.  If you have questions about rattlesnakes, want the best advice on how to safely live with them in the desert, or you just want to learn about them from one of the best herpetologists in southern California, then Lee Grismer is at the top of the list. NM$12, M$10, V$8. Register: www.abdnha.org, Nature Center, or 760-767-3098.
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Mar. 7, Sat., See below for detailed start time and location.
Hike: Coachella Valley Preserve, Thousand Palms Oasis
Hike Leader: Joe Migliore, Naturalist, ABDNHA Board Member

Join Joe Migliore on one of his favorite loop hikes in the Coachella Valley from the primeval-like Thousand Palms Oasis to the shady oasis of Pushawalla Canyon on the San Andreas Fault. Hiking on the crest of the Indio Hills we are treated to 360ş vistas from Mt. San Gorgonio to the Salton Sea. Along the way we will talk about how the San Andreas Fault created everything we see! After a picnic lunch along the stream and palms of Pushawalla Canyon we will complete our hike back to 1000 Palms Oasis. This hike is rated as a moderate 5.5 mile loop, vertical up and down ~ 300 ft. Start time & Place: Meet Joe at 8:30 a.m. at 1000 Palms Oasis parking lot. Joe’s cell: 760-641-1040, call for directions, help, or if not attending. Drive time: from ABDNHA approximately 1hr 35 min. Return to Borrego will be about 2 p.m. Directions: Car Pool if possible.  Knapsack: Water, lunch, hat, sunscreen, jacket, layers, hiking shoes, poles recommended.  NM$12, M$10, V$8. Call or come in to reserve, or www.abdnha.org.    
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Mar. 7, Sat., 6:30 – 7:30 p.m
Program: The First Humans in the Americas:
Where did they come from and when did they get here?
Presented by Steven & Kathleen Holen: Center of American Paleolithic Research


The question of when the first humans arrived in the Americas is a controversial topic, with past findings being re-investigated and new possibilities being discussed.  In a recent publication, the Holens have suggested that people arrived from Siberia across the Bering Land Bridge between 30,000 and 40,000 years ago and that these people appear to be the ancestors of the well-known Clovis Mammoth Hunters, dating to 13,000 years ago.  In another article they suggest that people may have arrived as early as 130,000 years ago, but this group may not have survived.  In this lecture, the Holens review the past and current view of the controversy and conclude with a call for more interdisciplinary research in older geologic deposits. NM$12, M$10, V$8. Register: www.abdnha.org, Nature Center, or 760-767-3098.
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Mar. 8, Sun., 8 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Hike: Borrego Badlands Up-Close
Leaders: Sanjiv Nanda and Alan Parks, ABDNHA Volunteers
This moderate loop hike packs a complete badlands experience in just three miles. Appetizer, main course and dessert! Fabulous colorful vistas soft rounded billowy mud hills and steep malpais cliffs; cross-country route-finding and meandering walks in badlands washes in which you may lose all sense of direction. If you love the feeling of being lost in the badlands, this hike will keep you smiling for the duration. 4WD is required for the drive to the start of the hike, so please be prepared to carpool. Please note that daylight saving time begins today. Meet at the Nature Center. No charge, call to reserve, 760-767-3098 or come in to the Nature Center, 652 Palm Canyon Drive.  


Mar. 9, Mon. 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Hike: Arroyo Otro Loop
Leader: Joan Malone, ABDNHA Volunteer

Join in on a moderate 4-6 mile loop hike using Arroyo Otro which will take us to Inspiration Point. From there we will loop back exploring other washes on our way back to our vehicles. Meet at the entrance to Inspiration Wash. From there we will drive to the trailhead. 4WD required; be willing to carpool. Max: 15 people. Bring water, snack or lunch and wear good hiking boots. No charge, call to reserve, 760-767-3098 or come in to the Nature Center, 652 Palm Canyon Drive.  


Mar. 11, Wed., 8 a.m. – 11 a.m.  
Weekly Invasive Weed Walks
Leader: Pat Matthews

Join Pat Matthews every Wednesday morning from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. to look for and remove invasive plants in various locations. We meet in the ABDNHA parking lot, 652 Palm Canyon Drive, and carpool from there; no pre-signups required. Bring hat, water, gloves. We supply the needed tools. Learn more about the desert and help protect the native habitat!  


Mar. 11, Wed. - Borrego Rock & Gem Club Field Trip  



Mar. 12, Thurs., 8 a.m. – 10 a.m.
Weekly Thursday Bird Walk
Led by Local Birders

Want to know more about the birds you see in Borrego Springs and throughout Anza-Borrego?  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. ABDNHA Members and Volunteers: no charge; Nonmembers: $5 donation requested. Call or come in to the ABDNHA Nature Center 760-767-3098 to register.  


Mar., 13, Fri., 9 a.m. – 11 a.m.
Easy Hike: Pam’s Ambles
Leader: Pam Blake, ABDNHA Volunteer

Pam’s Ambles are easygoing social walks where we can explore along the way—plants, flowers, geology, scenery, and time for photographs. Locations are selected where participants can easily return to their car or continue further on their own if they wish. Meet at ABDNHA. Max. 12 people. No charge, please call to reserve, 760-767-3098, or come in to the Nature Center, 652 Palm Canyon Drive.  


Mar. 13, Fri., 10 a.m. – 11 a.m.
Desert Gardeners Monthly Meeting

Meet at ABDNHA, please bring your own chair.  We are located at 652 Palm Canyon Drive, just west of Carlee’s Restaurant. The popular community-wide Desert Gardeners group for those who enjoy gardening in the desert, or think they might.  Everyone interested in gardening is invited to this fun, free, and casual group. To sign up for the email list, go to www.abdnha.org/desert-gardening.html. Meets 2nd Friday through March.  


Mar. 13, Fri., 10 a.m. - Noon
ABDNHA Weekly Bike
Ride Leader: Volunteer Paul Petersen 

No charge, 12-20 miles social ride.
Meet at Bike Borrego, south side of The Mall.  



Mar. 13, Fri., 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Program: Spiny Succulents
By Jeff Moore : Author and Owner of Solana Succulents

Nurseryman and author Jeff Moore has spent most of his adult life negotiating this spiny landscape and takes you herein on a tour of these remarkable plants in cultivation. A perfect lecture the night before ABDNHA’s Borrego Desert Garden Tour.   In his new book he explores some of the truly extraordinary succulents in cultivation: cacti, euphorbias, fouquierias, alluaudias, and a host of other dry-climate and often spiny architectural wonders. You will see images of some of these xerophytes in their native habitat, but the focus is on spiny succulents in cultivation. Beautiful images of mature landscape plants will provide you with an appreciation of them at full size and maturity, but many are delightful little container specimens and are also highlighted.  While the structure of succulents is usually the first thing to draw you in, many will amaze you with their glorious and colorful flowers. You’ll even learn to love the spines! NM$12, M$10, V$8. Register: www.abdnha.org, Nature Center, or 760-767-3098.
 
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Mar. 14, Sat., 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
22nd Annual Borrego Desert Garden Tour
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Explore private desert gardens and homes at your own pace. ABDNHA’s popular annual event and major fundraiser of the year is scheduled to coincide with the wildflower bloom. For full tour details, please see the color insert in the current issue of The Sand Paper newsletter or ABDNHA’s website www.abdnha.org. Tickets available online or in our Borrego Desert Nature Center, 652 Palm Canyon Drive, just west of Carlee’s Restaurant.  For questions, call 760-767-3098. Early bird ticket prices until March 1.  

Mar. 14, Sat., 6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Lecture: El Camino Real: the Missions, and the Bells
Presenter: Max Kurillo, author

This presentation of “El  Camino Real, the missions, and El Camino Real Bells” will take us from 1768 thru the present day. We will see all the 22 Franciscan Spanish and Mexican missions of California, learn the history of the roadside bells, hear the story of how Alta California was invaded, and the history of the first settlement in San Diego.  We'll also talk about the first Franciscan Church on the west coast, months before the arrival of Fr. Serra.  There will also be a few surprises along the way.

Max Kurillo has been researching, writing, and lecturing about the California missions for many decades and has published several books, articles, and booklets about the missions. He worked with and appeared with Huell Howser on the California Gold production of “The Bells of El Camino Real,” and appeared on KECT (Los Angeles) and KPBS (San Diego) with Howser discussing the mission bells. Kurillo has visited all the 48 missions in Baja and Alta California. He won the Native Daughters of the Gold West “California Image Award” for his work documenting El Camino Real.



Mar. 15, Sun., 8:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Hike: Coachwhip Canyon
Leader: Kathy Bussey, ABDNHA Volunteer

Your imagination will run wild in Coachwhip Canyon!  We’ll pass by amazing sandstone formations and mudstone that have been twisted, squeezed and rumpled. On this moderate 3.5+ mile round-trip hike we’ll explore the main wash (which is fairly level) and its many little offshoots. The milkweed called Coachwhip is the canyon’s elusive namesake. Bring water, hat, lunch, sturdy hiking boots. Meet at ABDNHA, and be willing to carpool. No charge; call to reserve, 760-767-3098. Max: 18 people.  


Mar. 17, Tues., 9 a.m. - Noon
Hike: ECO Loop
Leader: Joan Malone, ABDNHA Volunteer

Join Joan on a moderate 3-4 mile loop hike exploring an area, though not frequently visited has some surprises including a plentiful array of cacti, sage, jojoba and juniper. Meet at the parking area on the north side of the road at approximately mile marker 24.7 (about 7 miles south of Scissors Crossing on S2). Bring water, snack and wear good hiking shoes. No charge, call to reserve.  


Mar. 18, Wed., 8 am - 11 am
Weekly Invasive Weed Walks
Leader: Pat Matthews

Join Pat Matthews every Wednesday morning from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. to look for and remove invasive plants in various locations. We meet in the ABDNHA parking lot, 652 Palm Canyon Drive, and carpool from there; no pre-signups required. Bring hat, water, gloves. We supply the needed tools. Learn more about the desert and help protect the native habitat!  


5th Annual Desert Birding Festival
March 18, 19, 20, Wed. – Fri.
Full list of trips to be published soon

Three days of birding field trips, birding presentations, festival dinner. Field trips to the Salton Sea, around Borrego Valley, and other locations. Price is all-inclusive of field trips, presentations, dinner, and entry fees. For the full agenda, list of field trips, and registration form, go to the ABDNHA website:  www.abdnha.org/desertbirdingfestival  


Mar. 19, Thurs., 8 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Hike: Rainbow Canyon
Leader: Lance Holmberg

Rainbow Canyon is at the north end of Mason Valley, about 30 miles from town.  The hike is six miles round-trip, or shorter depending on where we turn around. This is a very strenuous hike because of several, somewhat difficult, dry waterfalls to negotiate.  Botanically interesting with Mason Valley Cholla, unique to the valley, and a couple other cacti not present around Borrego Springs. The canyon is spectacular with rock walls sporting large Arizona Dudleya plants. Figure at least six hours from ABDNHA and return. Max. 12 people.  Meet at ABDNHA at 8 a.m.  Call 760-767-3098 to reserve your spot or come in to the Nature Center, 652 Palm Canyon Drive.  


Mar. 20, Fri., 10 a.m. - Noon
ABDNHA Weekly Bike Ride
Leader: Volunteer Paul Petersen 

No charge, 12-20 miles social ride. Meet at Bike Borrego, south side of The Mall.  


Mar. 21, Sat., 11 a.m. - Noon
Program: Four Important Plants in the Traditional Native Household
Presenters: Suzanne Emery

Suzanne Emery will discuss how willow, yucca, agave, and sage were traditionally used for clothing, food, medicine, and other essential uses.  In addition, participants will have a chance to fashion their own agave-fiber bracelet or necklace. Suzanne Emory has been a docent at the Kumeyaay-Ipai Interpretive Center in Poway for over 15 years and is an Archeological Site Steward for the Mine Wash village site in Anza-Borrego Desert State Park. At the ABDNHA Library. NM$12, M$10, V$8.  To reserve, www.abdnha.org, or 760-767-3098, or come in to the ABDNHA Nature Center.  
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Mar. 21, Sat., 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Program: Pollinators of the Southwest
Presented by Kurt Leuschner, Natural History Professor, College of the Desert

Butterflies, bees, birds, and bats. We can't live without them. They are pollinators, and more than 218,000 of the world's flowering plants, including 80 percent of food plants, rely on them so they can reproduce. Pollinators also include insects and a few mammals. If it wasn't for pollinating bats, we wouldn't have bananas, cashews, figs, wild dates, mangoes, and about 300 other food plants. At the ABDNHA Library. NM$12, M$10, V$8. Call 760-767-3098 or come in to reserve, or www.abdnha.org.
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Mar. 21, Sat., 7:30 p.m.
Stargazing: Borrego’s Dark Skies!
Presenters: Astronomer Dr. Jim & 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. Cancelled in case of heavy cloud cover.  


Mar. 22, Sun., 8 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Hike: Redman Mine
Leaders: ABDNHA Volunteers Sanjiv Nanda and Paul Larson

A fabulous hike to a 100-year-old gold mine (c. 1905). Mining road switchbacks and 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. This is a moderately strenuous 3.5-mile round-trip hike with 1,000 feet of elevation gain. 4WD/high clearance preferred. Meet at ABDNHA from where we will carpool. No charge. Call 760-767-3098 or come in to the ABDNHA Nature Center to reserve.  


Mar. 22, Sun., 11 a.m. – Noon
Program: Radio Astronomy History of Clark Dry Lake
Speaker: Astronomer Dr. Jim Rickard

For 35 years, Clark Dry Lake was an important location for radio telescope research. Dr. Rickard worked as a staff astronomer at Clark Lake for 9 years. Learn why the Clark Lake site was selected, the goals of the radio telescope project, how the telescope was constructed, how it worked, and why the project was terminated. ABDNHA Library.  NM$12, M$10, V$8.  To reserve, www.abdnha.org, or 760-767-3098, or come in to the ABDNHA Nature Center.  See March 22, 12:30 p.m. below for field trip to Clark Dry Lake.
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Mar. 22, Sun., 12:30 p.m. – 2 p.m.
Tour: Radio Astronomy History of Clark Dry Lake
Leader: Astronomer Dr. Jim Rickard

Dr. Rickard will conduct a tour of the Clark Lake site. There is no charge for the tour, but you must register separately from the lecture. The tour is limited to just 22 people. The tour includes driving to the gravel loader on Rockhouse Canyon Road by Clark Lake and an optional two-mile roundtrip walk to the site of the laboratories in the middle of the lakebed. The tour leaves ABDNHA at 12:30 p.m., and will take approx. one hour. See March 22, 11 a.m., description above for related program. Call or come in to reserve, 760-767-3098.  


Mar. 25, Wed., 8 a.m. - 11 a.m.
Weekly Invasive Weed Walks
Leader: Pat Matthews

Join Pat Matthews every Wednesday morning from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. to look for and remove invasive plants in various locations. We meet in the ABDNHA parking lot, 652 Palm Canyon Drive, and carpool from there; no pre-signups required. Bring hat, water, gloves. We supply the needed tools. Learn more about the desert and help protect the native habitat!  


Mar. 26, Thurs., 8 a.m. – 10 a.m.
Weekly Thursday Bird Walk
Led by Local Birders

Want to know more about the birds you see in Borrego Springs and throughout Anza-Borrego?  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. ABDNHA Members and Volunteers: no charge; Nonmembers: $5 donation requested. Call or come in to the ABDNHA Nature Center 760-767-3098 to register.  


Mar. 26, Thurs., 8:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Hike: Cool Canyon
Leader: Kathy Bussey, ABDNHA Volunteer

One of the few canyons in the Park that runs north-south.  Its orientation allows for more morning and afternoon cool shade.  Also cool is the diversity of interesting rocks.  This is a moderate 3+ miles round trip hike...except for several short strenuous sections that involve scrambling up, and down, a series of dry waterfalls. Meet in ABDNHA’s parking lot. We’ll carpool for a 35 minute drive to the trailhead. Bring water, sturdy hiking boots, hat, lunch.  No charge; call to reserve.  Limit 18.   Mar. 26, Wed., 2 p.m. Borrego Rock & Gem Club Meeting At the ABDNHA Activity Room. Newcomers welcome.  


Mar., 27, Fri., 9 a.m. – 11 a.m.
Easy Hike: Pam’s Ambles
Leader: Pam Blake, ABDNHA Volunteer

Pam’s Ambles are easygoing social walks where we can explore along the way—plants, flowers, geology, scenery, and time for photographs. Locations are selected where participants can easily return to their car or continue further on their own if they wish. Meet at ABDNHA. Max. 12 people. No charge, please call to reserve.  



Mar. 27, Fri., 7:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
ABDNHA Desert Lecture Series
Amazing Desert Animals
Speaker: James Cornett, Ecologist & Author

The most fascinating creatures are often the most unknown. Learn about twelve of the strangest creatures that call our local desert home. After exposure to the smallest, the hottest, and strangest animals around, the desert may never seem the same again. At the Borrego Springs Performing Arts Center. Seating is limited; seating is first-come, first-served. ABDNHA members, no charge; general public $10 at the door, or we invite you to join ABDNHA tonight.    



Mar. 28, Sat., 4:30 p.m. – 5:45 p.m.
Program: The San Andreas Fault
Speaker: David K. Lynch, Ph.D.

What is the San Andreas Fault? Where is it? How can I see? What does it do to the landscape? 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. NM$12, M$10, V$8.  To reserve, www.abdnha.org, or 760-767-3098, or come in to the ABDNHA Nature Center. See related field trip to the San Andreas Fault on March 29.  
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Mar. 28, Sat., 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Program: Plant Circles in the Southern California Deserts
Speaker: David K. Lynch, Ph.D.

A Google Earth search of southern California deserts revealed hundreds of localized areas where dozens of same-species plants were growing in circular patterns. Subsequent field inspection revealed at least four species of ring forming plants: Creosote (Larrea tridentata), Mojave Yucca (Yucca schidigera), Honey Mesquite (Prosopis glandulosa) and Fourwing Saltbush (Atriplex canescens). Creosote rings were the most common, and mesquite rings were the largest. Mesquite rings formed nabkhas (sand dunes that form around vegetation) and were up to 170 meters in diameter and 11 meters high. Creosote and yucca rings form as clones, but it is not known if mesquite and saltbush are clones. Some rings form as coppice dunes have entire ecosystem of plants, animals and insects thriving within a few meters of each other. Field inspection also revealed a number of grass rings that are as yet unidentified species. Plant rings are well known, but fields of hundreds of rings together is the main discovery of this work.  At the ABDNHA Library. NM$12, M$10, V$8.  To reserve, www.abdnha.org, or 760-767-3098, or at the ABDNHA Nature Center, 652 Palm Canyon Drive.  
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Mar. 29, 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.  Meet at the Nature Center. Call to reserve. Meet at ABDNHA, 652 Palm Canyon Drive. NM $25; M $20; V $18. See related program on the San Andreas Fault at 4:30 p.m. on March 28.  
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Apr. 5, Sun., 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Hike: Santa Ysabel East Preserve
Leaders: ABDNHA Volunteers Sanjiv Nanda and Urmi Ray

Our moderately strenuous 4-mile hike starts behind the new Visitor Center at the Santa Ysabel Preserve and heads uphill on an old pioneer trail that has just been opened to the public. We then loop on to the West Vista Trail and return via a newly constructed trail that follows the path of an old gravity flow canal. We will end the program at the educational exhibits and displays at the Visitor Center. After the program you may choose to join us for an optional wine-tasting and picnic at Volcan Mountain Winery, up the hill. Meet at ABDNHA, 652 Palm Canyon Drive. Call to reserve, 760-767-3098 or online at www.abdnha.org.  NM$12, M$10, V$8.  
 
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Apr. 8, Wed. - Borrego Rock & Gem Club Field Trip  




Apr. 10, Fri., 7:30 p.m.
ABDNHA Desert Lecture Series Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about Monarch Butterflies Speaker: Susie Vanderlit, Author, Photographer, Naturalist

Join us for this fascinating program for all ages to learn more about one of the most recognized and loved species of the insect world, also one of the most threatened. Hear the story of metamorphosis and rebirth, migration, lifecycle, and the perils facing the Monarch Butterfly. At the Borrego Springs Performing Arts Center. Seating is limited; seating is first-come, first-served. ABDNHA members, no charge; general public $10 at the door, or we invite you to join ABDNHA tonight.  For questions, call us at 760-767-3098.
 
  Registration, Cancellation, and Refunds Policy/strong>  
 
Registration:
  Most of our programs, including our free programs, require pre-registration as there are capacity limits for hikes and and other activities.  Registration for both our free programs and those with fees can be made by calling or visiting the ABDNHA Desert Nature Center (760-767-3098), 652 Palm Canyon Drive, Borrego Springs. 

Online registration and payment can be made for all of our programs that require fees.

Cancellations and Refunds:
If you need to cancel please contact us by phone or visiting the ABDNHA Desert Nature Center as soon as possible ( 760-767-3098) so your spots are made available to others.  

For events that have registrations fees: Cancellations received within 72 hours of a scheduled program are not refundable.


Tickets for some special events, certain activities,  and fund raisers, such as the Borrego Desert Garden Tour are non-refundable once purchased.  These will be identified as "non-refundable" at the point of purchase.
 
 
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