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Sand Paper Newsletter - 5 per year
Reduced Price on Programs
Free Desert Lecture Admission
15% Discount in ABDNHA
Desert Nature Center
Plus - It's Fun!

To Register for Programs

Some programs allow online registration.
See program descriptions.

You can also call to register
760-767-3098

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

 

Their support is appreciated.


760-767-4255


760-767-3502

760-767-1236




760-767-0311

760-767-5944

 

 

760-767-0100

 

 

760-767-4492

 

800-242-0044

 

 

760-767-3262

 

Be Safely Prepared
For All Desert Tours and Hikes


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

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

Bring more water than you think you will need! 

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

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

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

 









To Register for Programs

Some programs allow online registration.
See program descriptions.

You can call to register
760-767-3098

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

.

Their support is appreciated.

 


760-767-4255


760-767-3502

760-767-1236




760-767-0311

760-767-5944

 

 

760-767-0100

 

 

760-767-4492

 

800-242-0044

 

 

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.

 







Join our Email List
Make a Comment
Ask a Question

ABDNHA  Membership
Join   Renew
New or Renewal?

Benefits of Membership
Sand Paper Newsletter - 5 per year
Reduced Price on Programs
Free Desert Lecture Admission
15% Discount in ABDNHA
Desert Nature Center
Plus - It's Fun!

To Register for Programs

Some programs allow online registration.
See program descriptions.

You can also call to register
760-767-3098

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

 

Their support is appreciated.


760-767-4255


760-767-3502

760-767-1236




760-767-0311

760-767-5944

 

 

760-767-0100

 

760-767-4492

 

800-242-0044

 

Fredericks
Landscaping

760-767-5362

 

 

760-767-3262

 

Be Safely Prepared
For All Desert Tours and Hikes


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

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

Bring more water than you think you will need! 

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

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

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

 









To Register for Programs

Some programs allow online registration.
See program descriptions.

You can call to register
760-767-3098

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

.

Their support is appreciated.


760-767-4255


760-767-3502

760-767-1236




760-767-0311

760-767-5944

 

 

760-767-0100

 

760-767-4492

 

800-242-0044

 

Fredericks
Landscaping

760-767-5362

 

 

760-767-3262

 

Be Safely Prepared
For All Desert Tours and Hikes


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

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

Bring more water than you think you will need! 

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

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

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

 





Join our Email List
Make a Comment
Ask a Question

ABDNHA  Membership
Join   Renew
New or Renewal?

Benefits of Membership
Sand Paper Newsletter - 5 per year
Reduced Price on Programs
Free Desert Lecture Admission
15% Discount in ABDNHA
Desert Nature Center
Plus - It's Fun!

To Register for Programs

Some programs allow online registration.
See program descriptions.

You can also call to register
760-767-3098

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

 

Their support is appreciated.

 


760-767-4255


760-767-3502

760-767-1236




760-767-0311

760-767-5944

 

 

760-767-0100

 

 

760-767-4492

 

800-242-0044

 

 

760-767-3262

 

Be Safely Prepared
For All Desert Tours and Hikes


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

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

Bring more water than you think you will need! 

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

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

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

 









To Register for Programs

Some programs allow online registration.
See program descriptions.

You can call to register
760-767-3098

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

.

Their support is appreciated.

 


760-767-4255


760-767-3502

760-767-1236




760-767-0311

760-767-5944

 

 

760-767-0100

 

 

760-767-4492

 

800-242-0044

 

 

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.

 





 


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

 



ABDNHA PROGRAMS:
Desert programs for the period through mid February 2017 are listed below.  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. 15 – Mar. 31   It's Borrego in Springtime!

#BorregoInSpringtime is an online celebration of the Anza-Borrego Desert in Springtime.  This is a community-wide event, open to all, sponsored by ABDNHA.

With Smartphone camera technology improving by leaps and bounds each year and with just about everyone using social media we kick off something new: an online photography event limited exclusively to Smartphones and tablets.

It's simple and easy to be a part of it, and fun for all, regardless of your skill level. 
Android or Iphone or whatever else?  You are all welcome here. CLICK FOR MORE INFO 

Apr. 6, Thur., 8 a.m. – 10 a.m.
Weekly Thursday Bird Walk: Introduction to Desert Birding
Leader: David Lasley, ABDNHA Volunteer

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

 
Apr. 7, Fri., 9 – 11:30 a.m.
Easy Hike by Pam
Leader ABDNHA Volunteer Pam Blake

If you like the idea of exploring the desert in an easy going, very non-strenuous way, then Pam’s hikes are just what you are looking for.  Gather at the ABDNHA for a short hike.  Destination to be announced on the day of the hike.  Register at Nature Center, or call 760-767-3098. 
 
Apr. 10, Mon., 7:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Moonlight Walk: South Palm Wash
Leader: Mike McElhatton, ABDNHA Education Coordinator

Experience the unique and serene beauty of moonlight on the canyon walls with Mike McElhatton as we take an easy 1.5 mile walk through South Palm Wash. Meet at the ABDNHA office and carpool from there.  4WD 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. Space is limited to 22. Activity cancels with thick cloud cover or high wind. No charge; call the Nature Center to reserve.
 
Apr. 12, Wed., BRAG Field Trip
Borrego Rock Club, Info: 760-550-2619. 
 
Apr. 14, Fri.,  7:30 a.m. -1:30 p.m.  
Rancho de la Paz Special Birding Trip : Migratory Birds
Leader: Ann Keenan

Hike at 3000 foot elevation at Rancho de la Paz, a private diverse habitat wildlife sanctuary in the San Felipe Valley.  There is an Indian cemetery and morteros and slicks close by a 100 year old cabin plus running streams  and ponds.   Meet at ABDNHA. to carpool. Bring water and lunch. Boots, long pants, and long sleeved shirt are required for this activity.  General Public $25, ABDNHA Members $15; Volunteers $13. Call to reserve, 760-767-3098
 
Apr. 14, Fri.,  7 p.m. -8:30   
Desert Lecture Series  7:00 p.m. Meet the Speaker, 7:30 p.m. Lecture
Anza-Borrego Desert State Park – Herpetological Research and Natural History
Speaker: Eric Dugan Ph.D.


Dr. Dugan will give a brief history on the herpetology research that has occurred in the Park, including his own work there, and will conclude with covering some natural history of the local species one could expect to see in the Park.
 
Dr. Eric Dugan possesses an undergraduate degree in Environmental Policy, and holds a PhD in herpetology from Loma Linda University.  Dr. Dugan has more than 13 years of survey experience with Coast Horned Lizard, California Red-Legged Frog, Arroyo Toad, Red-Spotted Toad, Common Chuckwalla, Mojave Fringe-Toed Lizard, Desert Tortoise, Flat-Tailed Horned Lizard, Barefoot Banded Gecko, Burrowing Owl, and various other species of raptors.  From 2008 through 2014 Dr. Dugan has been working cooperatively with Loma Linda University, Chino Hills State Park and Anza Borrego Desert State Park on a robust herpetofauna mark recapture, and radio telemetry study.
 
Apr. 26, Wed., 2 p.m.
BRAG Rock Club Meets at ABDNHA.

 
Apr. 29, Sun.,   9:00 a.m.  – 2:00 p.m.
Carruzo Creek 4WD and short hike 
Leader: Ed Pollock

This is a short 4wd in west Carrizo canyon, approximately 7 miles, which includes desert sand and lots of "rock and roll" rock driving.  Our goal at the end of the road will be a short, less than a mile, hike to search for the little known and visited Carrizo Indian cave.

The road into the canyon changes from desert sand wash to numerous areas of rock driving.  These are not boulders but rather stretches of wash rocks hence the "rock and roll" term.  The trip is open to all high clearance vehicles only. 
This trip includes a voluntary potluck lunch.  Please provide a dish to share, including sides, salads, desert/sweets, no limitation on your ideas.  BBQ smoked meat will be provided.  Provide your own dinner ware and drinks.  There is minimal shade in the canyon, thus prepare for that. 

Meet 9 AM at Carrizo Creek entrance, Hwy S-2, mile marker 49+, west side of S-2.  Prepare to ride share.  Those without 4wd high clearance vehicles cannot be guaranteed a ride, but every effort will be made to accommodate all.  As always, ensure your vehicle is in proper shape, good tires, near to full tank of gas. Trip will cancel in event of heavy rain in the area or the mountains above.
 
No charge, call ABDNHA nature center to reserve, 760-767-3098 limited participants
 
May 10, Wed., 6:45 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Sunset & Moonrise at Font’s Point
Leader: Mike McElhatton, ABDNHA Education Director

An ABDNHA end-of-season tradition!  Bring your favorite beverage and snack to share, plus a comfortable chair, to Font’s Point to watch the sun go down and the moon come up. The full moon rises at 7:41, at the same time that the sun goes down. 4WD advised.  We will carpool from ABDNHA, leaving at 6:45 p.m. allowing lots of time to settle in when we get there. No charge, call Nature Center to reserve, 1-760-767-3098.


 






#BorregoInSpringtime is an online celebration of the Anza-Borrego Desert in Springtime.  This is a community-wide event, open to all, sponsored by ABDNHA.

With Smartphone camera technology improving by leaps and bounds each year and with just about everyone using social media we kick off something new: an online photography event limited exclusively to Smartphones and tablets.

It's simple and easy to be a part of it, and fun for all, regardless of your skill level. 
Android or Iphone or whatever else?  You are all welcome here. CLICK FOR MORE INFO 


Recurring events
The following events are held several times during the desert season


ABDNHA Weekly Birding Walk  Every Thursday: Introduction to Desert Birding

Leader: David Lasley, ABDNHA Volunteer
Want to know more about the birds you see in Borrego Springs and throughout Anza-Borrego? Join David Lasley and explore some of the best birding locations in Borrego Springs. Beginners and advanced birders are all welcome. Meet at 8 a.m. at the south end of Marker, south of Tilting T opposite the entrance to Borrego Springs Resort. Bring binoculars, bird book, water, walking shoes.

Call ABDNHA Nature Center 760-767-3098 to register. ABDNHA members and volunteers: no charge; Nonmembers: $5 donation requested.


ABDNHA Weekly Bike Ride: Fridays at 9:00 AM
December - March
Bike rentals are available from Bike Borrego

Leader: Al Dumas, ABDNHA Volunteer 
No charge, 12-20 miles social ride. Meet at Bike Borrego, south side of The Mall.

Borrego Stargazing Program

Presenters: Astronomer Dr. Jim and Grace Rickard

Identify the constellations in our clear desert skies. Telescopes provided for observing objects such as the Orion nebula and the Andromeda galaxy. Bring binoculars if you have them and warm clothes.  Sponsored by ABDNHA, no charge, reservations not necessary for this excellent program. Park at the Lutheran Church, located on Church Lane. If you need directions, please call the Nature Center, 760-767-3098. Cancelled in case of heavy cloud cover.

 

  

       
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