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Be Safely Prepared
For All Desert Tours and Hikes


Have a vehicle in good operating condition with a full tank of gas. Know if 4WD is needed.

Wear closed-toed hiking shoes. Bring drinking water, hat, sunglasses, sunscreen. Energy snacks are strongly recommended.

Bring more water than you think you will need! 

A hiking pole is a good idea.  See hike descriptions as some hikes require hiking poles.

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

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

 









To Register for Programs

Some programs allow online registration.
See program descriptions.

You can call to register
760-767-3098

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

.

Their support is appreciated.

 


760-767-4255


760-767-3502

760-767-1236




760-767-0311

760-767-5944

 

 

760-767-0100

 

 

760-767-4492

 

800-242-0044

 

 

760-767-3262

 

Be Safely Prepared
For All Desert Tours and Hikes


Have a vehicle in good operating condition with a full tank of gas. Know if 4WD is needed.

Wear closed-toed hiking shoes. Bring drinking water, hat, sunglasses, sunscreen. Energy snacks are strongly recommended.

Bring more water than you think you will need! 

A hiking pole is a good idea.  See hike descriptions as some hikes require hiking poles.

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

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

 



 


UPCOMING ABDNHA PROGRAMS
Borrego Springs desert programs are listed below for the period through mid April, 2018.  The Anza-Borrego Desert Natural History Association conducts approximately 150 programs in Borrego Springs each year, desert walks, hikes, lectures, tours, guided trips, Desert 4WD, desert flower programs, stargazing, and other activities during the October to April season.  Many of our programs are free of charge to the general public and other programs have modest fees. 

Feb. 5, Mon. 8:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Hike: Borrego Palm Canyon
Leader: Volunteer Marilyn Moskowitz

Off we go to first grove and beyond up the canyon for this 4-mile hike with elevation increases as the canyon narrows. We might see bighorn sheep and interesting plants (depending on rainfall). Possible water on the ground requires footwear that is dependable when wet. This is a beautiful area rarely seen by most folks. Meet at ABDNHA, we’ll carpool and depart from there at 8:30. (Note there’s a parking fee per vehicle for the trail.) Call to reserve.

Feb. 8, Thur., 8 a.m. – 10 a.m.
Thursday Bird Walk: Intro to Birding
Leaders: David Lasley & Larry Gilstrap, ABDNHA Volunteers
Want to know more about the birds you see in Borrego Springs and throughout Anza-Borrego? Join David Lasley and Larry Gilstrap to 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

Feb. 9, Fri., 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Pam’s Amble - Easy Walk
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. 9, Fri., 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
La Rumorosa : Rock Art Along the Border
Presentation and Book signing.

Author Don Liponi
Join Don for a beautiful panorama and survey of Kumeyaay and other native artwork from throughout the southwest and Baja as well as a discussion of the spiritual realm of these ancient works of art. A good portion of what you will see is only recently discovered and newly rendered through DStretch technology. This presentation and book signing will include many beautiful photographs by Don Liponi and Daren Sefcik and along with a Native American perspective of this artwork. NM$12, M$10, V$8 Register: www.abdnha.org, Nature Center, or call 760-767-3098

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Feb. 10, Sat., 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Courage to Heal
Presenter: Dr. Paul Bernstein M.D., Author

Dr. Bernstein tells a little-known story set in a world of iron lungs, the Great Depression, and a World War, a story that begins in the small community of Desert Center, California. Courage to Heal is an historical novel based on the true story of a Dr. Sidney Garfield, who founded Kaiser Permanente. The work he began with his 12-bed Contractors General Hospital, the first managed care in America. The fascinating story relates to the building of the Los Angeles Aqueduct, WWII and the Richmond shipyards, the objections of the American Medical Association, politics, and culminates with the founding of Kaiser Permanente, now the largest HMO in the U.S., serving over ten million people. NM $12, M $10, V $8. Register: www.abdnha.org, Nature Center, or call 760-767-3098.

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Feb. 10, 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. 12, Mon., 8 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Hike: Skull Canyon
Leader: Lance Homberg

A hike should have a name, so Skull Canyon was proposed by Les Smith.  Located south of Glorietta Canyon, this canyon above the Yaqui Meadows area it is rarely explored.  We will meander up a wash heading south to get to the canyon, gradually gaining elevation.  Most of the hike is very strenuous, with a section of scrambling to get around a dry waterfall. Excellent condition is required. This is the first ABDNA excursion to this drainage. Expect a little botany chatter and great views. Distance about 6 miles and 1,600 feet of elevation gain. Max. 12.  Meet at ABDNHA, 8 a.m., to carpool to trailhead.  Road is okay for all vehicles. Call to reserve your place.

Feb. 14, Wed. – Rock Club Field Trip
Contact: Joan Malone, 760-550-2619.


Feb. 15, Thur., 8 a.m. – 10 a.m.
Thursday Bird Walk: Intro to Birding
Leaders: David Lasley & Larry Gilstrap, ABDNHA Volunteers

Want to know more about the birds you see in Borrego Springs and throughout Anza-Borrego? Join David Lasley and Larry Gilstrap to 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 

Feb. 16, Fri., 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Fascinating Insects of the Southwest
Leader: Kurt Leuschner

Did you know that insects can survive in temperatures over 110 degrees Fahrenheit in the shade with little or no water? Kurt Leuschner, Professor of Entomology at College of the Desert, will share amazing stories of insects including the yucca moth, antlion, and tarantula hawk wasp and their interconnections with the world around them.  Explore the lives of the largest group of animals in the world, including their survival traits, natural history, habitats, and behaviors. In the ABDNHA Library. Register: 760-767-3098 or www.abdnha.org. NM $12, M $10, V $8.  
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Feb. 17, Sat., 8:30 a.m. – Noon
Hike & Write!  Glorietta Canyon
Leader: Naturalist and writer Amy Brewster
 
"I only went for a walk, and finally concluded to stay out till sundown, for going out, I found I was really going in. "--John Muir.  Join volunteer naturalist/writer Amy Brewster on an easy walk/hike under three miles. We will ramble to a beautiful spot to enjoy what the desert has to offer and then spend time writing whatever may flow from our pens to paper. Option to share our writings with each other to conclude our outing. Call 760-767-3098 to reserve. Bring writing materials and if at all possible small back packing chair or sitting pad. No charge, space limited to10. 

Feb. 17, Sat., 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
The History of Agua Caliente
Presenter:  Frederick H. Wills, author of History of Agua Caliente Springs & Agua Caliente Regional Park


Explore the surprising history of Agua Caliente County Park with author Fred Wills, as he recounts some of the high (and low) points of 235 years of history, beginning with Spanish exploration up to the present, with an emphasis on the early park years (1940s-1970s).  Historic images will highlight the people, natural features, and man-made structures of this corner of San Diego County.  With their origin in ancient geological forces, the waters and the landscape of Agua Caliente Springs have attracted the attention of visitors from near and far. In the ABDNHA Library.  Register online www.abdnha.org or call 760-767-3098 to reserve. NM $12, M $10, V $8.  
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Feb. 18, Sun., 8 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Hike: Font’s Other Leg
Leaders: Urmi Ray and Sanjiv Nanda, Volunteers

Join us for a 6-mile out-and-back hike in the colorful scenery of Rainbow Wash. Along the way we will take a couple of detours and stops to take a closer look at some unique and unexpected features in the Borrego Badlands. We will have lunch with a view of Font’s Point and return. This is an easy walk with a round-trip distance of 6 miles. For a strenuous hike in the area, see calendar Feb. 24. Meet at the Nature Center, from where we will carpool to the starting point of the hike. 4WD is required. Call to reserve.  

Feb. 19, Mon., 7 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Getting to Know the Moon
Leader: Dr. Jim and Grace Rickard


Earth’s moon dominates the night sky.  Join with Dr.  Jim and Grace Rickard in the ABDNHA Library for a short lecture on the moon, how it formed, its orbit around the Earth, prominent features, why we see it and then we don’t, how it affects our lives with tides and culture, and exciting lander planning. Following the lecture, weather permitting, we will go outside, to the ABDNHA garden,  where telescopes will give an up close look at the craters, mountains, and plains of the moon, and Grace will do a little storytelling with a Paiute tale called “Why the Moon Changes.” Register: www.abdnha.org, Nature Center, or call 760-767-3098. NM $12, M $10, V $8.  
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Feb. 21, Wed., 8:30 a.m. – 11:45 p.m.
Hike: Desert Gardens Loop
Leader: Kathy Bussey

A surprising view awaits you!  Our destination is known as “The Little Grand Canyon.” This is a moderately easy 2.5-mile round-trip hike up a wash abounding in ocotillo and cholla. It’s mostly flat walking with one short ascent up a rocky ravine. Bring water, snack, sturdy hiking boots. Meet at ABDNHA by 8:30.  We’ll carpool (4WD recommended) from there to the trailhead at Desert Gardens. No charge. Space is limited, call to reserve.  Max. 18.  

Feb. 22, Thu., 8:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
Thursday Bird Walk:
Leaders: David Lasley & Larry Gilstrap, ABDNHA Volunteers

Want to know more about the birds you see in Borrego Springs and throughout Anza-Borrego? Join David Lasley and Larry Gilstrap to 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  

Feb. 23, Fri., 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Pam’s Amble - Easy Walk
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. 23, Fri., Meet the Speaker, 7 p.m., Lecture begins at 7:30 p.m.
Desert Lecture Series The Reptiles of San Diego County
Speaker: Jeff Lemm, San Diego Zoo Global Conservation Program


Author of Field Guide to the Amphibians and Reptiles of the San Diego Region, Jeff currently manages the Griffin Reptile Conservation Center at the San Diego Zoo, where he works as a Conservation Program Specialist in Population Sustainability.  As a life-long herpetologist, Jeff works to study and conserve native California reptiles and amphibians. He has studied the ecology and movement patterns of many species, including helping to develop the breeding and reintroduction program for the critically endangered mountain yellow-legged frog. His program tonight focuses on the diversity of reptiles and amphibians that are found within San Diego County. At the Borrego Performing Arts Center. Seating is first-come. Public invited: $10 at the door; ABDNHA Members: no charge.  

Feb. 24, Sat., 8 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Hike: Rainbow Wash Slot
Leaders: Sanjiv Nanda and Urmi Ray, ABDNHA Volunteers

Join us for a strenuous 4.5-mile out-and-back hike in a slot in the Rainbow Wash area. The first mile is an easy walk in a colorful landscape. Just past Sphinx Foot, we will take a side wash that rapidly narrows into a slot canyon. The next ¼ mile consists of dozens of narrow caves and arches, some requiring getting on your hands and knees and separating your pack from your body. Based on trail conditions, the leaders may terminate the hike at any impassable point in the slot and return. Once through the slot, we emerge at wide open Font’s Bowl. The next half-mile is a steep climb to the rim with close-up view across Font’s Point. For an easy hike in the area, see calendar Feb 18. 4WD is required. Meet at the Nature Center, from where we will carpool to the starting point of the hike. Call to reserve.  


Photo Focus Day
Feb. 24, Sat., 3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.  
Nature Photography with your Smartphone
Presenter: Sandy Zelasko
Professional wildlife photographer Sandy Zelasko (investinnature.org) explains what you can do to get the very best pictures out of your phone, including info about some of the great apps that are now available.  With optics and picture quality greatly improved from just a few years ago, and with just about everyone carrying a smartphone, phones have become the camera of choice for many.  Good photography has always been more about the photographer knowing how to get the most out of the camera than the camera itself.  ABDNHA Library.  www.abdnha.org or 760-767-3098. NM $12, M $10, V $8.  
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Photo Focus Day
Feb. 24, Sat.., 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.  
Wildlife Photography
Presenter: Sandy Zelasko

Join professional wildlife photographer Sandy Zelsko (investinnature.org) as she shares her impressive images and the stories associated with them, in capturing wildlife with a camera.  Sandy will provide tips on the art and technique of photographing wildlife.  ABDNHA Library. Call to register or www.abdnha.org. NM $12, M $10, V $8.  
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Feb. 25, Sun., 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
4WD Tour: Jasper Trail through Grapevine to Highway 78. 
Leader: Ed Pollock, ABDNHA Volunteer

This trip includes an optional drive to the Pinyon Mountain Drop-off, Shelter Valley area, is offered.  We will not drive over the Drop-off, but could include an optional hike. If you chose to take this optional drive, plan on bringing a lunch, camp chair, drinks, etc., to be enjoyed in the area of the Drop-off.  Bring clothing appropriate for a Borrego desert winter drive.  Meet at ABDNHA at 9 a.m.  Ensure your vehicle is in proper working order, with full gas tank. Route open to all type of 4WD vehicles; prior scouting conditions may change that recommendation. No charge, but space is limited. Call to reserve.  

Feb. 26, Mon., 8 am - Noon
Hike: Ironwood Wash Loop
Leader: Robin Halford

This 7.3 mile moderate hike will take us through an agave forest and a recently found area with ironwood trees.  Most of the walking is in washes, with a low saddle at the half-way point. Meet at the beginning of the June Wash jeep road. From Scissors Crossing drive south on S2 to mile for 23.2 miles to mile 41.4, turn left/north on the jeep road and park. No charge. Space limited, call to reserve.

Feb. 28, Wed., 2 p.m. - Rock Club Meeting,
ABDNHA Activity Room.  

Mar. 1, Thur., 8 a.m. – 10 a.m.
Weekly Birding Walk
Leaders: David Lasley & Larry Gilstrap, ABDNHA Volunteers

Want to know more about the birds you see in Borrego Springs and throughout Anza-Borrego? Join David Lasley and Larry Gilstrap to 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   

Mar. 1, Thurs., 11 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Event: Opening of the Borrego Desert Energy Center

Please join us as we introduce the newest addition to ABDNHA’s educational programs: The Borrego Desert Energy Center. Set at the entrance to ABDNHA’s Botanical Garden, the energy center tells the story of climate change and energy, and how the two interact to affect the natural world. No charge, no reservations required.  

Mar. 1, Thur., 6:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Full Moon Walk: South Palm Wash
Leader: Mike McElhatton, ABDNHA Education Director

Experience the unique and serene beauty of moonlight on the canyon walls as we take an easy 1.5-mile walk through South Palm Wash. Meet at the ABDNHA Library 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. Activity cancels with thick cloud cover or high wind. No charge; space is limited, call to reserve, 760-767-3098.  

Mar. 2, Fri., 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
California History: From the Roaring ‘20s to the Great Depression
Presenter: Mary Jo Wainwright, Professor of California History


The years between the World Wars were a time of great transformation for the state of California. In the 20s, the movie industry took the lead, moving the focal point of California south from San Francisco to Los Angeles. The glamor of that era pulled people to the Golden State from within the U.S. and from around the world. With the crash of 1929, the Dust Bowl of the thirties, and the slide into the Great Depression, California was again the destination of choice, by Americans forced off their farms in the Midwest, and again from around the world. The driving force for all this human migration was the allure of California, a state rich in natural resources and innovation, a place that offered hope for the future.  ABDNHA Library. Register 760-767-3098 or www.abdnha.org. NM $12, M $10, V $8.  
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Mar. 3, Sat., 8:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.    
Hike: Hellhole Canyon Ridge Trail
Leader: Amy Brewster

Join naturalist Amy Brewster for this moderately strenuous approximate 6 mile hike along Hellhole Canyon Ridge.  This trail was used by Indians and cattlemen coming to and from Culp Valley.  It offers excellent views of Borrego Valley and Indian Head Mt., as well as a diversity of desert vegetation. Bring water, snack/lunch, binoculars, and hiking poles.  Meet at ABDNHA. Call to register.  

Mar. 5, Mon., 5:30 a.m. – 9 a.m.
Lute Ridge Sunrise Geology Walk
Leader: Terry Hunefeld, Naturalist, Volunteer

The low rolling hills of Lute Ridge along Hwy S-22 are an excellent area to see close-up the results of earth movement.  The ridge, created when earthquakes pushed the land up, is a sure sign of the Clark Fault which runs beneath it. We’ll hike up the ridge to the U.S. Geological Marker set in 1940 while enjoying bold shadows cast across the Santa Rosa Mountains and Rattlesnake Canyon by the rising sun. This is a 3-mile moderate cross-country (no trail) walk with many stops to examine various desert plants, wildflowers and signs of desert animals. Bring water; wear good hiking shoes. Hiking poles & binoculars helpful but not required. Meet at 5:25 a.m. at the wide pullout on the left (north) side of S-22 (mile marker 30.9 on Hwy S-22) leaving half the vehicles there and shuttling the other vehicles to the next pullout a mile beyond. 2WD okay. Max: 10. No charge.  Call 760-767-3098 to reserve.  

Mar. 6, Tue., 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Hike: Inside Truckhaven Rocks
Leaders: Volunteer Naturalists Mary Ekelund and Paul Larson

This is a moderate 3-mile hike up a wash into Truckhaven Rocks to a sandstone formation 4-5 million years old. The rocks, formed from sediments derived from local rock, are steeply tilted to the north, and have been called the "Swiss cheese" of our local desert. At one point we can climb up one of these tilted slabs for a great view. Bring water, snack, hat, and sturdy hiking shoes. Meet at the Nature Center.  No charge; call the Nature Center to reserve.  

Mar. 7, Wed., 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.  Max. 18.  

Mar. 8, Thur., 8 a.m. – 10 a.m.
Weekly Birding Walk
Leaders: David Lasley & Larry Gilstrap, ABDNHA Volunteers

Want to know more about the birds you see in Borrego Springs and throughout Anza-Borrego? Join David Lasley and Larry Gilstrap to 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   

Mar. 9, Fri., 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Pam’s Amble - Easy Walk
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. 9, Fri., 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
The History of Desert Magazine
Presenter: Historian Phil Brigandi



From 1937 – 1958 Randall Henderson’s Desert Magazine provided a mix of history, geology, archaeology, paleontology, and desert tales that inspired a generation to explore, preserve, and enjoy the Southwest Deserts.  Historian Phil Brigandi has been reading and researching Desert Magazine for more than 35 years, and still sometimes uses maps from the old field trip articles to guide his trips around the desert.  Join Phil this evening for a unique presentation, as he tells the stories of Randall Henderson and the rise and fall of Desert Magazine. ABDNHA Library. Register 760-767-3098 or www.abdnha.org. NM $12, M $10, V $8.  
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Mar. 10, Sat., 9:30 a.m. - Noon
Short Course: Three Iconic Desert Plants
Presenter: Jim Cornett, Biologist

Did you know that many western hummingbirds are dependent upon ocotillos, that Joshua trees support entire ecosystems, or that desert fans palms are a recently evolved invasive plant species? In the California deserts, state and national parks boundaries were established, in large part, to protect and conserve unique and iconic plants such as these.  Discover the importance of these three plants with plant ecologist James W. Cornett, who has studied them for more than 30 years and written books about each of them. ABDNHA Library. Call or register abdnha.org.  NM $35, M $25, V $22.  
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Mar. 10, Sat., 7:30 p.m.
Stargazing: Borrego’s Dark Skies!
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. 14, Wed. – Rock Club Field Trip
Contact: Joan Malone, 760-550-2619.  

Mar. 14 -16 Desert Birding Festival

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Mar. 16, Fri., 5 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Birding Festival Dinner and Presentation
An Evening with John J. Audubon

Includes program and dinner – Join with fellow birders for the final event of the 2018 Desert Birding Festival, and spend an hour with John James Audubon, artist, naturalist, and ornithologist.  Join our own Audubon impersonator as he shares birding stories and his ornithological art.  Our dinner menu includes veggie bruschetta, salad with organic greens, bread, grilled vegetables, your choice of eggplant parmesan or spinach lasagna with sausage, cake with whipped cream for dessert.  At the Roadrunner Clubhouse. Limited to 25 dinner & presentation only tickets, $35 per person, non-refundable.  Call 760-767-3098 or www.abdnha.org to register
Mar. 17, Sat., 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Tour 6 private gardens at your own pace.
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Mar. 18, Sun., 8:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.
Hike Pena Spring
Leader: Kathy Bussey, Volunteer Naturalist

Take in great mountaintop views on this easy 2.5 mile round trip hike. Walk down the gently sloping sandy wash through a desert transitional landscape, follow deer trails through thickets to the bird-filled spring site, and conclude with a viewpoint overlooking the valley. Bring water, snack, sturdy hiking boots.  Meet at ABDNHA by 8:30.  We’ll carpool for the 15 minute drive up to Culp Valley. Max 18. No charge; call to reserve.  

Mar. 20, Tues., 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
4WD: Tectonic Gorge & Gettysburg Canyon
Leader: Ed Pollock, ABDNHA Volunteer

This is one of the most scenic drives in Ocotillo Wells SVRA, from Tectonic Gorge and Gettysburg Canyon, then the Cross-Over Trail to Ocotillo Wells. This is all within OWSVRA, 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 (strongly recommend short wheel base), lunch, drinks, chair, etc. No charge, space limited, call to reserve.  

Mar. 22, Thur., 8 a.m. – 10 a.m.
Weekly Birding Walk
Leaders: David Lasley & Larry Gilstrap, ABDNHA Volunteers

Want to know more about the birds you see in Borrego Springs and throughout Anza-Borrego? Join David Lasley and Larry Gilstrap to 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  .  

Mar. 23, Fri., 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Pam’s Amble - Easy Walk
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. the 9 a.m. start time.  

Mar. 23, Fri., Meet the Speaker 7 p.m., Lecture begins at 7:30 p.m.
Desert Lecture Series The Hummingbird and the Ocotillo
Presenter: Jim Cornett, Biologist

The hummingbird and the ocotillo present an iconic image of the Anza-Borrego Desert, both offering flashes of color on the desert landscape, both adapted to thrive with what the desert gives them, and each having a role in the survival of the other.  With a career that has included over 30 books on the desert environment, and extensive research the plants and animals of the desert, Jim Cornett is also an exceptional and enthusiastic storyteller, with an ability to tell the tales of science in a way that everyone always enjoys. At the Performing Arts Center. Seating is first-come. Public invited: $10 at the door; ABDNHA Members: no charge.  

Mar. 24, Sat., 8:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Hike: Plum Canyon
Leader: Amy Brewster

Join naturalist Amy Brewster on a moderate 4-mile hike up lovely Plum Canyon, possibly named for the desert apricot (Prunus fremontii) found here. Plum Canyon has interesting vegetation, good birding opportunities, and views of Earthquake Valley.  Bring water, snack/lunch, hat. Register: 760-767-3098.  

Mar. 24, Sat., 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Program: Rock Art of the Grand Canyon
Presenter: Steven Freers, Author, Researcher

With beautiful photography, Steven Freers, author of “Rock Art of the Grand Canyon,” presents an overview of approximately 5,000 years of Native American rock art painted and engraved on the canyon walls and boulders within the greater Grand Canyon region, an area stretching south from the Arizona-Utah border to the Mogollon Rim.  Freers teaches Native American rock art courses for UC Riverside, and for 25 years has been involved in rock art research and conservation. In 1994, he co-authored “Fading Images,” a book on southern California rock art, and served five years as the senior editor for the American Rock Art Research Association.  ABDNHA Library. Call or register online www.abdnha.org. NM $12, M 10, V $8.  

Mar. 26, Mon., 8 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Hike: PCT Middle Section
Leader: Robin Halford

For this 8.7 mile strenuous hike, expect cooler temperatures than in Borrego Springs, due to elevation.  Robin has divided the Pacific Crest Trail between Barrel Springs and Scissors Crossing into three sections.  This hike is the middle section.  It includes walking up a ridge, 5.6 miles along the PCT and a nice drainage down to the road.  There is some steep terrain on the access routes to and from the PCT, as well as uneven footing.  This is a one-way hike. From Scissors Crossing, drive north on S2 for 3.2 miles and park. We will leave some cars at this point and drive on to the starting point.  Max.10. Call to reserve: 760-767-3098.

Mar. 28, Wed., 2 p.m. - Rock Club Meeting,
at ABDNHA Activity Room.  

Mar. 29, Thur., 8 a.m. – 10 a.m.
Weekly Birding Walk
Leaders: David Lasley & Larry Gilstrap, ABDNHA Volunteers

Want to know more about the birds you see in Borrego Springs and throughout Anza-Borrego? Join David Lasley and Larry Gilstrap to 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   

Mar. 30, Fri., 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Penguin Power!
Presenters: Scott Drieschman and Cory Laughlin

Scott and Cory have worked with penguins for 40 years. Scott was the Curator of Birds at Sea World, San Diego, for 16 years. Cory started her career at the zoo in Winnipeg, Canada, before transferring to Sea World to work with penguins and waterfowl. They have worked extensively in Antarctica and the Arctic, and also lecture on cruise ships that venture to the land of ice. Their guarantee is that you will be fascinated and amazed at what you will learn about these incredible birds. ABDNHA Library. Register: www.abdnha.org, or 760-767-3098.  NM $12, M $10, V $8.  

Mar. 31, Sat., 8 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.
Full Moon Walk: South Palm Wash
Leader: Mike McElhatton, ABDNHA Education Director

Experience the unique and serene beauty of moonlight on the canyon walls as we take an easy 1.5-mile walk through South Palm Wash. Meet at the ABDNHA Library 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. Activity cancels with thick cloud cover or high wind. No charge; space is limited, call to reserve, 760-767-3098.     

Apr. 3, Tues., 8:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Hike: Riding and Hiking Trail Loop
Leaders: Mary Ekeland and Paul Larson

This moderate hike takes us up the California Riding and Hiking Trail toward Culp Valley, but takes a turn part way up and returns us to the starting point via the original trail.  Look for some interesting plants and geology along the way.  Meet at ABDNHA. No charge, call to reserve.  

Apr. 7, Sat., 10 a.m. – 11 a.m.
Asteroid Impacts on Earth
Speaker: David K. Lynch, Ph.D.

Asteroids and meteoroids strike the Earth every day, but most are too small to survive passage through the atmosphere. Only those larger than a few tens of meters across can reach the ground, and these are rare. The last one was in 1908 near Tunguska, Russia, when an asteroid or comet nucleus caused a10 megaton airburst that flattened trees in an area larger than Washington D.C. About 60 million years ago an object estimated to be 6 miles across struck the Yucatan area of Mexico. The billion megaton explosion created a 110-mile wide crater and is thought to have been the cause of the Cretaceous-Tertiary Mass Extinction that killed most higher-life forms including the dinosaurs. What are the chances of getting hit by a civilization-disrupting asteroid? Who is in charge of protecting the Earth from asteroids? Come to the talk and find out!  NM $12; M $10; V $8.   In the ABDNHA Library.

Apr. 7, Sat., 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Program: The San Andreas Fault
Speaker: Astronomer & Geologist 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? When is the "big one" coming? These any many other questions about the infamous San Andreas Fault will be discussed in this excellent program. Topics covered include plate tectonics, continental drift, fault activity, the origin of volcanoes, the geologic future of California, and more.  Lynch’s book, “Field Guide to the San Andreas Fault,” is available at the Nature Center and this evening for signing. ABDNHA Library. Call to reserve or www.abdnha.org.  NM $12, M $10, V $8. See related field trip on April 8.  

Apr. 8, 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.

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 some light walking. No 4WD or serious hiking is required.  Meet at the ABDNHA. Call to reserve or www.abdnha.org. NM $25; M $20; V $18. See related lecture on April 7.  

Apr. 11, Wed. – Rock Club Field Trip
Contact: Joan Malone, 760-550-2619.  

Apr. 13 Fri., Meet the speaker 7 p.m., Lecture begins at 7:30 p.m.
Desert Lecture Series The Colorado River: From the Glaciers to the Gulf
Speaker: Jim Turner

Jim Turner is an historian, author, and public speaker from Arizona, where he learned how important water is in the American West. In this program, as in his book by the same title, he describes how dependent we are upon the Colorado River, as well as the wildlife refuges, recreation areas, and cities along its length. He describes its natural and human history, which would not be complete without the description of the dams, irrigation, and flood control projects along its length. With gorgeous photography, Turner follows the river’s flow from the headwaters to the Gulf of California, beginning with its main tributary, the Green River. More than 50 rivers and streams from seven states feed the mighty Colorado, while also providing water for tens of millions of people downstream. Join us for the story of the Colorado River. At the Performing Arts Center.  Seating is on a first-come basis. Open to the public: $10 at the door; ABDNHA Members: no charge.  

Apr. 14, Sat., 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. Tour: Historic Cary Ranch (La Puerta)
Guides: Reena Deutsch and Dick Cary
The Cary Ranch, usually closed to the public, is located atop Coyote Canyon in Anza. The 160-acre ranch, an Anza expedition campsite, was formerly a Cahuilla Indian village and later owned by cattleman Fred Clark. Rancher Art Cary bought it in 1938 and lived there until the 1990s. His son Dick Cary will guide us and fill our day with spirited stories about growing up on the ranch. Our tour of this California Historical Landmark will include visits to morteros, rock art, the Cary home, and Clark’s adobe home ruins. Wear sturdy shoes for slow walking totaling about 1 mile with vegetation and rocky terrain. Good balance needed to ascend moderately steep boulders for a short distance. Layer clothing, jacket, and rain gear recommended for unpredictable weather at 4,000 feet. Bring water, snacks, lunch. Meet at ABDNHA to carpool the 75-80 miles to the ranch. Call to reserve; 20 people max., who will need to sign two liability releases (for ABDNHA and the property owner). NM $40; M $30; V $25. This special trip is non-refundable. Apr. 25, Wed., 2 p.m. - Rock Club Meeting, in ABDNHA Activity Room.  

       
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