Counting Sheep

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?

Borrego Springs Botany Laboratory Opens

Group Project

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.

A Piece of the Puzzle


Last spring, a Costa's Hummingbird built her nest in a tall bush not ten feet away from my back door. In one sense, she picked the perfect location – my house protected her nest from the howling winds that persisted throughout late winter and spring. I wondered, however, why she chose a location so close to human activity. I worried that back patio dinner gatherings, hanging laundry on the clothesline, or my husband's backyard exercise routine would disturb her.

Protecting Clark Dry Lake For You and Your Descendants

Wild Flowers, Success, Land Conservation

Last spring the Anza-Borrego Foundation celebrated the acquisition of 50,000 acres of important lands within and adjacent to the Anza-Borrego Desert State Park. This is a tremendous achievement for a local land conservation organization. We owe our success to the extraordinary partnership between our volunteers, our staff, the park’s land managers, the support of our generous members, and the philanthropy of inspired donors.

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.

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