Animals of Anza-Borrego Desert State Park (2nd Edition)

Tue, 12/17/2013 - 11:25am -- gbm

Learn to identify the animals of Anza-Borrego Desert State Park with this pocket naturalist guide! An introduction to familiar species, featuring birds, reptiles, mammals, and amphibians.

Created by Marie Simovich, with editorial assistance from Paul Jorgensen, Mark Jorgensen, Gregory Pregill, Michael Wells and Bradford Hollingsworth.

Produced for the Anza-Borrego Foundation.

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Fri, 12/13/2013 - 2:00pm -- gbm

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Monsoon Turns Desert Green ~ A lovely anomaly for an early, cooling autumn in the desert.

BORREGO SPRINGS, CA (September 23, 2013): Usually, the pull of the desert in September is the vision of dazzling stars popping out of the dark skies while you lay on your back in a warm pool. But this September there's an unusual bonus-green days! That's right. Monsoon rains deluged the desert at the end of August and two weeks later the desert floor is a carpet of green and gold with wild ocotillo branches bursting with leaves. The last time monsoons gave this kind of green gift was in 1997.

Steele Burnand Anza-Borrego Desert Research Center

At 615,000 acres, Anza-Borrego Desert State Park is the largest state park in California and one of the largest desert protected areas in the west. Located in the eastern half of San Diego County, the park extends roughly 25 miles east to west and 50 miles north to south.

The Steele Burnand Anza-Borrego Desert Research Center, housed in a former country club, is located adjacent to the park in the town of Borrego Springs. An agreement with Anza-Borrego Desert State Park and the Anza-Borrego Foundation makes the park available to reserve users.

Historic Borrego home to become Research Center

BORREGO SPRINGS — The historic Desert Club in Borrego Springs, once envisioned to be the centerpiece of a thriving desert city much like Palm Springs, will soon become a field research center for biologists, astronomers, anthropologists and others.

A large monetary gift from the daughter-in-law of the original developer of the 4,280-square-foot, architecturally stunning Desert Club, has been given to the University of California, Irvine, which plans to open the research center late next year.

Ballot Proposal would Mandate Car Fee for State Parks

SACRAMENTO — Today, $18 can buy a couple of movie tickets, a decent bottle of wine or six gallons of gasoline.

In the future, that same $18 could buy a year's worth of strolls through wildflowers, visits to selected museums and prime beach parking.

Supporters of California's state parks took the first step Tuesday toward launching a campaign for the November 2010 ballot. They want voters to approve a mandatory $18 annual fee on most vehicle registrations, with the money going to the state parks department.

Big Budget Cuts Let State Parks Avoid Shutdowns

Under fire from park supporters and the state's own attorneys, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger announced Friday that he has found a way to cut millions of dollars out of the California State Parks budget without completely closing any parks.

The plan, which some are criticizing as little more than a shell game, slashes $14.2 million from the park budget this year by closing some campgrounds and facilities on weekdays, eliminating unfilled seasonal and administrative positions, and cutting back on maintenance and things like bathroom cleaning.

State Paring Down Number of State Park Closures

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger intends to close far fewer than the 100 state parks that California State Parks said it would have to close as a result of budget cuts, the governor's spokesman said Tuesday.

Schwarzenegger spokesman Aaron McLear said the administration is looking at ways to cut the parks budget by $14.2 million that would result in fewer parks being closed. California State Parks officials have said that about 100 parks would have to be closed as a result of the cuts.


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