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
$5 at the door; open to the public
Steele/Burnand Anza-Borrego Desert Research Center
|Saturday Field Class
8:00 a.m.- 3:00 p.m.
$60 - Public Rate (includes lecture)
$50 - ABF Member Rate (includes lecture)