Desert Update No. 87 Winter 2017
Where the Desert Meets the Sky
Anza-Borrego Desert State Park’s Dazzlingly Dark Night Skies
By Ashley Kvitek , ABF Education & Outreach Coordinator Photo: Andrew Shaver
Most visitors to Anza-Borrego Desert State
Park know that this place provides for a wide variety of activities like hiking, biking and offtrail exploration that offer the chance to find the solitude and serenity promised by a desert landscape. Whether your experience of choice includes a hike to the top of Indian Head Peak or relaxing with a copy of Desert Solitaire at Bow Willow, Anza-Borrego Desert State Park can provide you with the getaway you need. What you may not know is that nighttime is the right time to explore San Diego’s backyard desert! It isn’t until after dark that you get to enjoy a whole different suite of experiences. There are many nocturnal critters here in Anza-Borrego Desert State Park and all you have to do is venture outside after dinner. When there’s still a flicker of light in the sky, you can watch the canyon bats come out to play, watch the Lesser Nighthawks hunt, and then after the sun dips below the horizon, you can see how many scorpions you can find! If you haven’t gone out looking for scorpions with a blacklight, it’s a thrill you couldn’t have expected. You may find scorpions to be much more abundant than you originally thought, making your next steps into the dark evening desert a l ittle more cautious than your last.
However, it is the dazzling night sky above the desert that can fill even the most jaded of visitors with a sense of awe and wonder at our immense universe. While the sun sets and night ascends, it brings a veil of bedazzled black velvet. The dark skies showcase the Milky Way like few other places are able- with a dark black background that makes each individual star and faraway galaxy pop with an intensity that never disappoints. It’s a great place for first time stargazers, as well as seasoned astronomers looking through advanced telescopes. And it isn’t just the stars! Our view of the moon is a spectacle not to be missed when it is at its fullest. Even the stars stand back to let it shine through the night, and when the moon is full, you don’t even need a flashlight to explore the wonders of the desert at night. The moon casts a bright light, giving the impression of daytime to the quiet nighttime landscapes. continued on page 3
From the President Welcome desert lovers. Winter and spring are the two most important seasons in our great arid land. This is when many first discover the beauty and wonder of AnzaBorrego Desert State Park and begin their life-long love affair with this unique place.
BOARD of TRUSTEES: Ernie Cowan PRESIDENT
Lynn Rhodes TREASURER Ralph Singer SECRETARY
TRUSTEES: Janie DeCelles Sharon Goldsmith John Peterson Philip Pryde Bill Reavey Joan Schneider Jim Smith Linda Tandle Dick Troy David Van Cleve Mike Wells ABF STAFF: Paige Rogowski
DONOR RELATIONS MANAGER
LAND PROGRAM COORDINATOR
EDUCATION AND OUTREACH COORDINATOR
DIRECTOR OF INTERPRETIVE SALES
ANZA-BORREGO FOUNDATION PO Box 2001 587 Palm Canyon Drive #110 & 111 Borrego Springs, CA 92004 (760) 767-0446 www.TheABF.org Info@TheABF.org Anza-Borrego Foundation is a non-profit, tax-exempt [IRS code 501(c) (3)] charitable organization DESERT UPDATE: ABF Staff Sara Jacobi Design
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Winter is the season of hope, when all of us look to the skies with hopes of abundant rainfall. Spring is a time of renewal when whatever rainfall nature provides will bring new life in the form of beautiful wildflowers, migrating birds, crops of interesting insects and mild weather that pulls you to explore the wild places. For many, this exploration is a kind of personal research to learn about the many secrets hidden in the desert landscape. For others, the vast expanses of Anza-Borrego Desert State Park are a laboratory where important academic research is conducted in geology, botany, climate change, paleontology and a whole host of other “ologies.” With your love of the desert and your support, Anza-Borrego Foundation has played a critical role in both preserving our desert and developing partnerships with research institutions. Through the effort of ABF, over 54,000 acres, sometimes critical parcels, have been acquired and preserved as parkland. That effort means our “laboratory” known as Anza-Borrego is even more complete and valuable. Wildlife corridors, geological timelines and the natural processes of nature have been preserved in a true earth laboratory that could be duplicated in no other way. While ABF offers a series of programs to explore some of the many areas of research in AnzaBorrego, winter and spring also attracts visitors who simply want to escape the daily hustle and blend with the rhythm of nature. This year ABF is celebrating our 50th anniversary and is offering programs, hikes, a desert photo contest, bicycle rides, and the opportunities provided by the purchase of a guidebook to wilderness trails that you can enjoy. If you have not been to Anza-Borrego in awhile, I have good news. Nothing has changed, but much is different. What has not changed is the vast, untouched beauty of this place. You can still stand on a hill and gaze out upon a landscape that has not changed since the first human left footprints in the sand thousands of years ago. What’s different is that more of this land has been saved permanently through your support. Our programs are different, the wonderful products available at the Park Store and Visitor Center are new and exciting, and the enthusiasm of the many people who volunteer to share Anza-Borrego is more powerful than ever. Come to Anza-Borrego, bring a friend and share the wonder and beauty that is so unique to this place. Explore, discover for yourself, renew, grow and return home with that feeling of satisfaction and a little sand in your shoes after a day in the desert. Come for a day or come for a weekend, and we hope it will become a lifetime love affair. We also hope you will consider maintaining your membership with Anza-Borrego Foundation, and consider membership as the ideal gift for family and friends who you know enjoy outdoor recreation and the wonders of nature.
Ernie Cowan, President
Celebrate in Style as Anza-Borrego Foundation Turns 50! We’re celebrating 50 years of park support! To commemorate this achievement, we are offering an exclusive gift. Memberships at the $50 level or higher will receive a limited-edition, vintage-inspired park T-shirt. This one-of-a-kind tee is only available through our membership program. *Supplies are limited. T-shirt: unisex, sizes S–XL. Offer valid 2016–17 season only. Additional $5 for shipping. Join or Renew Today: Online at TheABF.org/membership or call 760-767-0446 EXT 1002.
Superintendent’s Corner by Kathy Dice, ABDSP Superintendent
Anza-Borrego Desert State Park is seeing an auspicious start to the 2016/17 season. We were pleased to see more visitors earlier in October than usual and the uptick in visitation is continuing throughout the fall. Additionally, we are so glad to see people coming in search of a desert experience! Although we are still living through the typical drought conditions of the last few years we are always hopeful of a miracle wildflower spring. We will keep you posted! Things got off to a wonderful start with the Borrego Days Desert Festival at the end of October, which is the usual doorway to the busy season in our park and community. This year, AnzaBorrego Foundation led the way as the Grand Marshal and our parade entry (a float created by park and ABF staff volunteering their time) won a trophy for Best Representation of the Theme “Resort to Nature”. It was fun to be part of this community event and show off the awesome staff we work with! Just a few days later I attended the semi-annual Colorado Desert Natural History Research Symposium – sponsored and presented by Anza-Borrego Foundation with assistance from the Steele/Burnand
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The Anza-Borrego Desert State Park Visitor Center regularly hosts night sky and stargazing programs (check out the ABF website to see the full schedule of interpretive events) for the public. When you’re ready to see our amazing night skies for yourself, we recommend staying overnight at one of the Park’s primitive campgrounds. Culp Valley, Blair Valley, Fish Creek and Mountain Palm Springs Primitive Campgrounds will offer beautiful, unobstructed views. Park Concessionaire California Overland Desert Excursions also regularly schedules celestial overnight camping trips that include a chance to look through a telescope with an astronomer. Stop by the Visitor Center any day from 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., where they can help you to plan the perfect night sky adventure here in Anza-Borrego Desert State Park!
Anza-Borrego Desert Research Center. This event is also a natural display of the importance of this integrated partnership with the park. ABF supports park research with grants, the research center gives researchers a base for their studies and the park benefits from the results of the work. Anza-Borrego Desert State Park still has more mysteries and questions than it even knows to ask. Each bit of research and learning provides managers like me with tools to make informed decisions on managing the precious resources of the amazing eco-systems of this park. For instance – at this symposium I learned that a new species of beetle has been discovered here that lives in rotting barrel cacti, that there are such things as miniature tarantulas and that we have a species in this park, and that mountain lions have large territories they roam that include much of our park but also intersect with many populated areas that create many issues of concern (for both the lion and people). I am grateful to Anza-Borrego Foundation for their support of park research and other programs dear to park operations. They manage donated funds for Ikh Nart, our sister park in Mongolia, as well as four grant programs that award scholarships to researchers and graduate students that wish to do work in our park region. If you are a fan of furthering research in this big and amazing biome, check out ABF’s research tab on their website and find out more about these wonderful grant programs. Feel free to donate to one that grabs your interest, or to pass along the information to a hungry graduate student of biology you might know! You can be sure that the park will benefit from your gesture as much as we do from the resulting studies. It’s a wonderful time to be in the desert – beautiful and vast in daylight or in the dark, starry nights. Come spend some time in its tranquility and reap the rewards.
Welcome, New Employees! The season is in full swing here in the Park, but we’d like to stop and say HELLO to our newest staff members at ABF, Anza-Borrego Desert State Park and the Colorado Desert District. ABF welcomed Lauren Poole to the position of Staff Assistant and Kathy Jorgensen to the position of Sales Associate, both in June 2016. We are so happy to have these two smart, knowledgeable ladies on our team! Anza-Borrego Desert State Park welcomed and/or promoted four permanent employees in the past year, including: Mike Drye, Maintenance Chief; Carina Hammang, Ranger; Callan McLaughlin, Supervising Ranger; and Lauren Shoemaker, Ranger. The Colorado Desert District (headquartered in Borrego Springs) welcomed and/or promoted five permanent employees this past year. Those new employees include: Adam Asche, Heavy Equipment Operator; Mason Hyland, Environmental Scientist; Jeff Manning, Environmental Scientist; Jennifer Morales, Office Technician; and Dennis Stephen, District Interpretive Specialist. Along with those permanent employees comes a whole suite of absolutely fantastic seasonal employees. We can’t name them all, but we sure are grateful for the work they’re doing for California State Parks! If you see any of our new Park Family members out and about, say hi and tell them thanks for being here.
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Why I Give: Love and Elephant Trees Jim and Kathy Dice If you are not familiar with Jim and Kathy Dice, let’s begin with their current titles. Kathy is the Anza-Borrego Desert State Park Superintendent and Jim is the Reserve Manager for the UC Irvine tSteele/Burnand AnzaBorrego Desert Research Center. You might call them desert preservation royalty. However, they’re far from inaccessible and elite, rather they are down to earth, extremely generous with their time and resources, and desert community advocates to the core. But let’s back up a little to the beginning of this powerhouse couple, where their love of the desert and elephant trees brought them together. Kathy graduated with a BS in Biology from UC Berkeley and a dream of becoming a park ranger but at the time there were not any women in the field. That law changed as she graduated and so she went to work for the National Park Service. Kathy moved over to California State Parks a few years later and has lived and worked in the desert ever since. Kathy first came to the Park in 1982 to interview for a ranger position. Like it is for many, it was that first glimpse of the valley as you tip over the hill from Ranchita heading down Montezuma Grade that made her heart soar. She knew right then that she wanted to be here in the desert, which came to fruition in 1989. Kathy spent nine years at Fish Creek as a ranger, five years as superintendent at Salton Sea Sector, and seven years as the current superintendent at ABDSP. All together she has served the Colorado Desert District for 29 years. It was in those early years as a ranger in Anza-Borrego that she met Jim Dice, a then-botanist for the state working out of the Southern Service Center for the district. A shared interest in elephant trees brought them together in 1990. They teamed up to study this rare tree and its sexual dimorphism, tagging trees together in the heat of the desert summer to track male and female trees and better understand their reproduction. Jim holds a BS in Botany and a MS in Biology from San Diego State University. He has a diverse background that is rooted in his father’s love of horticulture. Jim has spent time all over southern California working as a botanist, resource ecologist, plant ecologist and was the Senior Environmental Scientist for the Colorado Desert District for 12 years. He has also served on the board of directors for Anza-Borrego Foundation and was a part of our transition to become the Park’s official cooperating association. Jim has been instrumental in helping ABF to understand the value of ecological resources for many of our land acquisitions, as well as serving as a park liaison before our cooperating agreement was solidified. Jim has also worked with the San Diego Natural History Museum, the Huntington Library, California Dept. of Fish and Wildlife, California State Parks and, most recently, UC Irvine. Kathy and Jim’s love of the desert doesn’t end at its ecological resources. They both have strong value and appreciation for its communities. “The people of Borrego Springs are warm and welcoming. It is easy to get involved,” Kathy says. Having built their home here in 1994 and raised their son here, they have 4
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experienced (almost) all there is to work, live and play in one of the State Parks system’s finest of jewels and unique gateway communities. Recognizing their expansive collective knowledge of the history of the area and their vast understanding of the Park’s needs, we were eager to learn what Kathy and Jim felt they would like to see for the future of the Park. We posed the question, “If you had a billion dollars how you would spend it on the Park?” We all can dream right? Kathy answered: “Acquiring the 640-acre privately held inholding in the northern most area of the Park, as it is surrounded by parkland on all sides and is a key piece in making the Park whole; and to buy up all the agricultural lands from willing sellers in Borrego Springs and fallow, repatriate, or repurpose the land to become parkland or contribute to the town’s sustainability. Jim answered: “More inholdings. Make the Park as whole as it can be and form an endowment to fund research scholarships to continue bringing students to learn more about park resources.” Kathy and Jim know the issues from the inside out and know how crucial it is to support the Park to make a greater impact. They both hope to see the state play a greater role in reaching some of the more basic goals of the Park, and that one day ABF can be the icing on top instead of filling the operational needs. Jim and Kathy are incredible assets to the Park, not just as professionals but as ABF Century Circle members, donors to our research scholarship funds, and volunteers with their time. They live the needs of the desert first hand and feel strongly about ABF as a conduit to achieve the long-term goals of a world class park. We are so fortunate to have this dynamic team on our side. Their dedication to the health of this region is unparalleled. From everyone here at ABF, park lovers, students, researchers and Borrego Springs community members, we thank you for your invaluable support.
What We Do Century Circle members are an integral part of making a larger impact and have unique opportunities to learn more about Anza-Borrego Desert State Park though exclusive tours, lectures, and events. Whether it’s a tour to view a newly acquired property, or a gathering to discuss Park activities and celebrate accomplishments, Century Circle members have access to park officials and communicate closely with Foundation staff and Board Trustees. Together we achieve our goals for a world class park. How You Can Join Becoming a Century Circle member means you are making a measurable and critical difference in the success of the Park. We offer three accessible levels of annual membership:
$1,000 - $2,499
2017 Winter Programs Visit www.TheABF.org/events or call 760-767-0446 for full event information.
Hikes & Hops and Bikes & Brews $20 / $15 for ABF Members
These social outings in the Park connect people with two things in common: a love of Anza-Borrego and craft beer. This hike and bike series is sponsored by craft breweries in the region. Join us for a hike and some hops or, if it’s more your thing, a bike and a brew!
Bikes & Brews in the Borrego Badlands January 28, 2017 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Leaders: Jim Roller and Gary Haldeman This two-wheel adventure will be a strenuous 15-mile mountain bike ride in and through one of ABDSP’s remote areas. Starting from Arroyo Salado, the group will make stops at 17 Palms and 5 Palms (palm groves in the middle of the desert!) and see some ruggedly beautiful desert scenery along the way. This ride is not suitable for beginners. You must register in advance, as there is a shuttle required. Hikes & Hops in Canyon Sin Nombre February 11, 2017 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Leader: Ashley Kvitek This five-mile route will lead us through Canyon Sin Nombre in the southern area of Anza-Borrego Desert State Park. Striking, multi-hued rock formations will tower above us before we venture into a slot canyon. This remarkable part of the Park is a must-see!
Bikes & Brews to Sheep Canyon February 18, 2017 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Leaders: Jim Roller and Gary Haldeman Gary & Jim are at it again, this time with a ride through Lower Coyote Canyon from the end of the blacktop to Third Crossing and continuing on through Collins Valley into Sheep Canyon. This is a strenuous 18+ mile ride that includes a 6-mile climb at the start through some sand, rocks, and water crossings. Bikes & Brews in Glorieta Canyon March 18, 2017 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Leaders: Jim Roller and Gary Haldeman This ride will be a strenuous, 15-mile mountain bike ride up Glorieta Canyon. We will pedal our way up Glorieta to the turnaround at the end of the road, break, and then ride the dirt road east, past some of the amazing Ricardo Breceda statues and back to our cars at the end of the trail.
Mike’s Hikes In celebration of ABF’s 50th Anniversary, we’re making the effort to hike the five most iconic peaks in Anza-Borrego Desert State Park. Join fitness enthusiast and hike leader, Mike Puzzo, for our final two strenuous hikes of the series. These hikes are not interpretive walks; they are strenuous, fast-paced hikes intended for experienced hikers in good physical condition looking for some guidance up to the top of our desert mountains. $45 / $35 for ABF Members
Cowboys and Cliffhangers: Discover the Old West of Marshal South February 11, 2017 Historian and author Diana Lindsay & California Overland team up to take you on an exciting journey back in time. Travel the Butterfield Overland Stage Line and other locations that inspired the writings of author/poet/artist Marshal South. The excursion is 8 hours; includes a chuck-wagon dinner around the campfire at the foot of Ghost Mountain and 2 of South’s novels, plus a bonus book. $165 / $135 for ABF Members Contact California Overland at 760-767-1232 to register.
Sombrero Peak February 25, 2017 7 a.m. – 5 p.m. Visible on the skyline from many points in the southern area of the Park, Sombrero Peak is a standout and our only Mike’s Hike to venture this far south. We will start out from the Bow Willow Campground and continue on a 12-mile journey to the summit of this aptly named peak. Sunset Mountain March 25, 2017 6:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. Sunset Mountain stands strong — practically right in the middle of the north-to-south stretch of Anza-Borrego Desert State Park. A pillar of pink in the evening light, this strenuous 6-mile trek will take us on a boulder scramble like no other, with rewards well worth the effort.
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5 Hikes for 50 Years In celebration of Anza-Borrego Foundation’s 50th Anniversary, ABF and Anza-Borrego Desert State Park are launching 5 Hikes for 50 Years to introduce visitors to the many wonders of California’s largest state park. Visit www.theABF.org/5hikes to get your participant packet. You will be doing these hikes on your own, so please carefully read through each of the descriptions in order to be prepared for your desert adventures. Already a desert expert? Bring a friend to introduce to the joys of desert hiking, step by step!
Hikes range from the popular and well-signed Borrego Palm Canyon Nature Trail to less-visited hikes in more remote areas of the Park, such as Mountain Palm Springs. Stop at the Visitor Center or State Park Store for more information on the individual hikes and to learn how ABF supports Anza-Borrego Desert State Park. If you finish all five hikes before June 1, 2017, you’ll get a signed certificate from the Park and a commemorative sticker! As you complete each hike, post a selfie on ABF’s social media! • Facebook: facebook.com/AnzaBorregoFoundation • Instagram: @anzaborrego • Tag each photo with #anzaborrego, #5hikes50years When you’ve completed all five hikes, submit your proof to ABF, and receive your certificate! More details at www.theABF.org/5hikes.
50th Anniversary Celebration Join us on April 1, 2017 2:00-5:00pm Steele/Burnand Anza-Borrego Desert Research Center in Borrego Springs. General admission $55 For more details visit www.TheABF.org/50thCelebration.
2017 Archaeology Weekend Celebrating the 21st Birthday of the Colorado Desert Archaeology Society March 25-26, 2017 Join us for presentations on what Colorado Desert Archaeology Society volunteers have done over those 21 years to document, protect and preserve the cultural resources within the Colorado Desert District. The weekend will include tours of the Begole Archaeological Research Center, a silent auction, and a free ice cream social. There will be displays on Native American basket and pottery making (with craft items for sale), plant use by the native Kumeyaay, potterymaking demonstrations, and activities for kids. Sunday Field trips will visit Native American features within the Park.
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2017 Anza-Borrego Desert Photo Contest ABF, Borrego Art Institute, and ABDSP are again joining together to host the annual Anza-Borrego Desert Photo Contest. Winners and visitors alike should be sure to join us for the Opening Reception at Borrego Art Institute on February 4, 2017, from 6 to 8 p.m. A Judge Critique will be held at 5 p.m. that day, location TBD. Check for updates at www.TheABF.org/PhotoContest
Each class in this series of in-depth explorations begins with an evening lecture at the Steele/ Burnand Anza-Borrego Desert Research Center and continues the following day with a field trip that provides an enriching hands-on experience in the Park. This series of classes is presented in partnership between ABF, UC Irvine’s Steele/ Burnand Anza-Borrego Desert Research Center and Anza-Borrego Desert State Park. Each class: $60 / $50 for ABF Members; Lecture only: $5
What’s Shaking? Earthquakes in Borrego Valley and Around the World February 3–4, 2017 Instructor: Jamison Steidl, Research Seismologist, Earth Research Institute; Adjunct Professor, Earth Science, UC Santa Barbara Underwritten in memory of Fran Medema The talk will focus on both local earthquakes and faults in and around the Borrego Valley, as well as provide a more global view of earthquake hazards in light of recent earthquake disasters. Along the way we will take a look at some earthquake myths, and see if any of them stand up to scientific scrutiny. The field trip will be an introduction to earthquake monitoring in the internet age, a visit to the UCSB Borrego Valley Seismic Station, and a stop at Lute Ridge. Anza-Borrego Place Names – Why is it called that? February 17–18, 2017 Instructor: Diana Lindsay, historian and author of Anza-Borrego A to Z: People, Places, and Things Most common names in the Park are based on historical events or characters, natural or cultural features, or geographical names. We will explore names in each of these categories to see why and how popular park places were named. Some of the interesting names include: Indianhead, Fish Creek, Fonts Point, Alcoholic Pass, Coyote Canyon, Nude Wash, Hellhole Canyon, Canyon Sin Nombre, Ghost Mountain, and even the name of the Park. A loop hike in Coyote Canyon will explore a popular riparian area, and a desert valley and canyon and give us an intimate look at local place names.
Anza-Borrego’s Mountain Lions March 3-4, 2017 Instructor: Dr. T. Winston Vickers Hear Dr. Vickers share what his team of researchers has learned since the beginning of their 15-year study of mountain lions in San Diego County. Objectives of the study include estimating puma population density, determining individual home ranges, assessing the animals’ health status, identifying puma activity patterns in relation to people and prey, and residents’ opinions about current mountain lion management strategies. Caterpillars of the Western United States March 17-18, 2017 Instructor: Dr. David L. Wagner Join visiting researcher, Dr. Wagner, for a day in the field assisting him with data collection for his book, Caterpillars of the Western United States. Anza-Borrego caterpillar diversity peaks in March and April so prepare for a fun day of citizen science in the Park! The Art of the Land Deal: Behind-the-Scenes of ABF’s Land Acquisition Program March 31-April 1, 2017 Panel Guests: Dick Troy, California State Parks, retired; Julie Gerson, ABF Land Program Coordinator; more panel guests will be added soon
Colorado Desert Cultural Heritage Symposium Linking the Past to the Present December 1-3, 2017
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