The Majestic Desert Bighorn Sheep of Anza-Borrego

Date: 
Friday, October 30, 2015 - 7:30pm to Saturday, October 31, 2015 - 3:00pm

 

The Majestic Desert Bighorn Sheep of Anza-Borrego

Underwritten in memory of Fran Medema

Photo: Jeff Young

October 30-31, 2015

Instructor: Mark C. Jorgensen, desert bighorn sheep researcher and retired Park Superintendent

Mark will provide a lively presentation about Anza-Borrego's iconic animal and its wilderness habitat. The program will highlight the magnificent bighorn's adaptations to survive in some of the harshest habitats in North America and the efforts underway to restore and maintain populations of desert bighorn not only in Anza-Borrego, but throughout the Southwest and northern Mexico. Jorgensen's talk will be beautifully illustrated with photographs by Jeff Young featuring rare behavior, massive rams in ritualized combat, and ewes nurturing their newborn lambs.

The evening program will be an illustrated presentation with ample time for questions and answers and the next day will offer a field trip to an ancient bighorn sheep hunting blind complex, where Native Americans hunted the wary bighorn for centuries, to discuss methods of procuring wild game, and an afternoon field visit in another area of the Park. The field class will be limited to 20 participants.

Hike Level: The hike will short but rocky and somewhat steep. We'll walk slowly. Participants should wear sturdy shoes.

Jorgensen and Young recently combined to write and illustrate the newly released coffee-table book, Desert Bighorn Sheep, Wilderness Icon.

This class is now full. Please contact Education Manager Briana Puzzo to be added to the wait list: 760-767-0446 ext. 1004

Class Schedule and Pricing

Friday Lecture
7:30-9:00 p.m.
$5 at the door; open to the public

Steele/Burnand Anza-Borrego Desert Research Center
401 Tilting T Drive
Borrego Springs
Saturday Field Class
8:00 a.m.- 3:00 p.m.
$60 - Public Rate (includes lecture)
$50 - ABF Member Rate (includes lecture)

ABF Office
587 Palm Canyon Drive #110
Borrego Springs