If you’ve been up to Culp Valley or any nearby areas in ABDSP lately, you may have seen some bright caterpillars on plants or even inching their way across the road. These expressive green guys are known as hornworms. They acquired the name hornworm because of the stiff pointy dorsal near the end of their last body segment. Another common name for them are Tomato Hornworms, because they can quickly eat their way through tomato plants.
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Diana Lindsay, former President for Anza-Borrego Foundation, award-winning author and long-time Anza-Borrego Desert State Park volunteer, was presented on March 29 with a Medallion Award, the California State Park’s highest honor for superior achievement in volunteer service.
Many of you know Paige Rogowski or have heard from her through her work as Development Director of ABF for the past several years. Now get ready to meet Paige as ABF’s new Executive Director.
The ABF board announced Paige’s appointment on May 25. She succeeds C.L. “Chuck” Bennett, who served as interim executive director after his 19 years of service on the ABF board.
As the dog days of summer are closing in, things in Borrego Springs are slowing down. It’s a time for reflecting on the past and a time for planning for the future. There were a lot of successful events in the last few months, and the future looks bright for Anza-Borrego Desert State Park and Anza-Borrego Foundation.
Written by Park Volunteer Shirley Cate
by Callie Mack and Phil Roullard
What comes to your mind when you hear the phrase “Anza-Borrego Sheep Count”? A dry, seared landscape, in which even the big black ants hide from the merciless midday sun? Sweat dripping down your back and into your eyes? The shrill buzz of the cicadas, growing louder as the sun climbs into the sky? Sitting quietly for hours, drowsy from the heat?
Did you know that Borrego Springs is one of four International Dark Sky Communities in the World?
What is a Dark Sky Community?
By Ernie Cowan
As I knelt to photograph a Borrego desert wildflower, I noticed the dusky red piece of broken pottery sticking out of the white desert sand.
As I pulled it from the sand, my fingers slipped into the impressions left by the fingers of the maker, perhaps centuries before.
Desert plant researchers have a new facility to visit in their quest to unlock the secrets of survival in a harsh and forbidding environment.
They can come to the Stout Research Center in Borrego Springs, where Anza-Borrego Desert State Park Botany Society volunteers have opened their new herbarium and laboratory. The herbarium houses more than 1,500 plant specimens collected during nearly 60 years in Anza-Borrego and four other state parks that form the Colorado Desert District.
After closures due to budget cuts, we are thrilled to report that Tamarisk Grove campground and picnic area will re-open today! Sites there are $25 per night, on a first-come, first-served basis. Campers should be aware that the water at this point is non-potable, so it must be boiled or treated before drinking or cooking with it, or bring your own drinking water. Happy camping!