Anza-Borrego In Focus: Peninsular Bighorn Sheep

Friday, March 9, 2018 - 7:30pm to Saturday, March 10, 2018 - 3:00pm

Ecology, genetics, and connectivity of Peninsular bighorn sheep
in Baja California, Mexico

March 9-10, 2018

Lecturers: Mathias Tobler, PhD and Lisa Nordstrom, PhD, Institute for Conservation Research, San Diego Zoo Global

Field Instructor: Mike Puzzo, Environmental Scientist, California State Parks

On Friday evening, Mathias Tobler, Ph.D. and Lisa Nordstrom, Ph.D. will discuss their research on Peninsular bighorn sheep in Baja California examining their population status, genetic structure, disease prevalence, and linkages across the US-Mexico border.

Anza-Borrego Desert State Park has eleven wildlife guzzlers within its boundaries. Installed between 1969 and 1987, they utilize rainwater to provide a supplemental water source for the park’s endangered bighorn sheep. Join Environmental Scientist Mike Puzzo the following day on a short hike near Pinyon Wash to visit a wildlife guzzler and learn about the bighorn sheep of our Park: how they survive on the scarce resources, seasonal movements, and their current status based on monitoring efforts. You’ll also hear about the guzzlers' history, how they work, and how they are monitored and maintained through a partnership with the Safari Park.

After our hike to the guzzler, the group will stop near Tamarisk Grove Campground to observe bighorn sheep (fingers crossed!) on the nearby hillsides and continue discussions on their natural history.

Friday Lecture: 7:30-8:30 p.m. (refreshments provided)
Saturday Field Class: 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

Class Registration Fee: $60 / $50 for ABF members
Lecture Only: $5 (no pre-registration required)

Meet: Steele/Burnand Anza-Borrego Desert Research Center
401 Tilting T Dr.
Borrego Springs, CA 92004

Bring: water, lunch, sun protection, binoculars, sturdy hiking shoes, an EpiPen if you are allergic to bees, hiking poles if desired, and a camp chair for lunch in the field (optional).

Hike Difficulty: One mile of off-trail hiking with a small amount of elevation gain will be required