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Anza-Borrego Desert State Park
200 Palm Canyon Drive
Borrego Springs, CA  92004
760 767-4037   Fax 760 767-3427

April 17, 2019


We hope you’re able to join us for the 49th Annual Bighorn Sheep Count at Anza-Borrego Desert State Park! And if you know of anyone who might be interested in participating please forward them this email.  Any and all inquiries can be sent to AB.Sheepcount@parks.ca.gov.

The orientation, mandatory for all first-time counters and highly recommended for veterans, will be conducted at the University of California, Irvine Steele/Burnand Anza-Borrego Desert Research Center (located at 401 Tilting T Drive, Borrego Springs, CA, 92004) on Saturday, June 22th from 9AM-2PM. We know many of you have counted bighorn for years, but we can all use a refresher. The orientation will cover bighorn sheep identification, California Fish and Wildlife’s recovery efforts, bighorn sheep natural history, census methods, desert safety, and site assignments.

We will be dispersing to count sites on Thursday afternoon, July 4th, and conducting the count on Friday, July 5th, Saturday July 6th, and Sunday, July 7th.  On Thursday, we will meet at the Palm Canyon Maintenance Shop between 1-3PM for check in and dispersal. We will expect you back at the shop by 3PM on Sunday to compile count data and get you headed home.

Please use the RSVP form on Page 2 to let us know if you’ll be able to help this year.  As always, we need willing backpackers, and we need four wheel-drive vehicles to help get volunteers into some of the count sites. The list of this year’s count sites can be seen at the bottom of this page.

Sheep population numbers in the Park are estimated at about 500, and totals for the entire Peninsular Ranges are almost 900 sheep. 

We hope you can help us again this year and we thank you for your interest and dedication!

Michael J. Puzzo
Sheep Count Coordinator
Anza-Borrego Desert State Park

2019 Bighorn Sheep Count Sites

Borrego Palm Canyon Trailhead
Borrego Palm Canyon 1st grove
Borrego Palm Canyon 2nd grove
Borrego Palm Canyon 3rd grove
Borrego Palm Canyon 4th grove
Tubb Canyon Middle Spring
Tubb Canyon Big Spring
Hellhole Upper
Hellhole Lower
Coyote Canyon 2nd crossing
Coyote Canyon Box Canyon/Lower Willows
Middle Willows Lower
Middle Willows Upper
Sheep Canyon
Cougar Canyon
Rattlesnake Spring
North Fork Palm Wash Tenaja
Agua Caliente County Park
Sentenac Canyon