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 determining individual home ranges, assessing the animals’ health status and risk factors for mortality, identifying puma activity patterns in relation to people and prey, assessing residents’ opinions about mountain lions and management strategies, determining puma genetic diversity, gene movement, and familial relationships across the landscape, and determining if protected lands and corridors in the area are adequate to support these wide ranging animals in the long term.
Complete your mountain lion education with Winston and Mike Puzzo (former biologist on the lion project) in the field on Saturday as we explore Sentenac Cienega, the Scissor’s Crossing area and the San Felipe Ranch (CA DFW property). This wildlife corridor continues to be a major path of travel for mountain lions that move from the mountains of San Diego County to the desert and even into Mexico. Learn why the health of wildlife corridors are so critical, even in relatively remote areas, where anthropomorphic mortality occurs at too high of a rate. You'll get firsthand experience with the tools of the trade that allow Winston to capture, track and investigate the life that these animals lead.
2WD vehicles OK. Long pants, long sleeves and hiking boots/shoes are recommended.
Hike Level: Easy to moderate walking will be required
Bring: Day pack with lunch, water, hiking shoes, hat, sunscreen, and camping chair (optional) to eat lunch in the field.
Class Schedule and Pricing
$5 at the door; open to the public
Steele/Burnand Anza-Borrego Desert Research Center
|Saturday Field Class
9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
$60 - Public Rate (includes lecture)
$50 - ABF Member Rate (includes lecture)