It's spring in Anza-Borrego and every once in a while, that means wildflowers. Many of you may know that we have not had any rain recently, which means that we don't have much reason to expect showy displays of wildflowers. However, Anza-Borrego Desert State Park is a lovely place to visit in the spring.
And while you're out exploring, you may find some small patches of wildflowers, such as these, found in Fish Creek last weekend.
Anza-Borrego Foundation and the ABDSP Botany Society are planning to do plant walks this spring.
The Swainson's Hawk migration has begun and with it, the Borrego Valley Hawkwatch. Our Hawkwatch sites have recorded some of the highest counts of Swainson's Hawks in North America. You can learn about this year's numbers from the Borrego Valley Hawkwatch Blog.
Join counters at the Evening Hawkwatch Site on Borrego Valley Road, 1.5 miles north of Palm Canyon Drive, one hour before sunset, any day between February 15 and April 15.
To catch "lift-off" in the mornings, plan to arrive at the Morning Count Site on DiGiorgio Road, 2.3 miles north of Palm Canyon Drive, between 8 and 9 am (earlier on windy mornings).
Hear the untold stories of Anza-Borrego from the mouths of those who lived them. Join past park superintendents and rangers for an evening of shared memories, storytelling and tales from earlier times in the park.
And if you have time in the afternoon, stop by the State Park Store to see Dave Van Cleve and hear about his new book, "Have A Nice Day Job"
Join us for a 5-hour, choose-our-own-adventure hike. Mileage will be around 2.5 miles, mostly off-trail. We will explore a couple of side washes and, if the group is comfortable doing so, scramble up to some fabulous viewpoints. The main wash, Quartz Vein, has some absolutely breathtaking geology that you won't want to miss!
The Colorado Desert Archaeology Society will be hosting their 11th Annual Archaeology Weekend here in Anza-Borrego Desert State Park on April 5-6, 2014. The weekend will include displays, lectures, field trips, a silent auction, activities for kids, archaeology lab tours, and sales of Native American crafts.