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 By Ernie Cowan    News 

Nature Watch: "Palo Verde"

There's a remote desert wash named for this tree, a couple of them provide shade at the Anza-Borrego Desert State Park Visitor Center, and there's even plans for a local festival featuring this tree. We are talking about the blue... — Updated 6/21/2021

 
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Nature Watch: Chuckwalla

Borrego is moving into that time of the year when fewer tourists are spotted wandering about. But there is one character more frequently seen as seasonal temperatures climb into triple digits. That character is the common... — Updated 6/11/2021

 
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"California Buckwheat"

When you think of buckwheat, pancakes might be something that comes to mind for most people. But California buckwheat is a common local shrub that was more important to Native Americans for its medicinal qualities rather than as a... — Updated 6/2/2021

 
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Annual Bighorn Sheep Count Top Return

As life continues to emerge from the cloud of COVID-19, Anza-Borrego Desert State Park has announced that a full summer bighorn sheep count will return this year. Last year's count was abbreviated because of COVID, with fewer... — Updated 6/2/2021

 
 By Ernie Cowan    Julian

Julian Earns Dark Sky Designation

After a five-year effort by a coalition of amateur astronomers, local merchants, environmentalists, neighboring communities and the County of San Diego, Julian has been certified as an International Dark Sky Community. Leaders of... — Updated 5/27/2021

 
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Rabbit Virus Threat

San Diego Humane Society is closely monitoring a highly contagious and deadly disease in wild and domestic rabbits called Rabbit Hemorrhagic Disease Type 2. According to the California Department of Food and Agriculture in April,... — Updated 5/24/2021

 
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Nature Watch: Hooded Oriole

They are energetic, colorful and add excitement to any garden when they arrive each spring. It's hard to miss the arrival of hooded orioles when these neon-yellow and jet-black birds show up after migrating from their winter homes... — Updated 5/19/2021

 
 By Ernie Cowan    News

Borrego Bat Research

Let's call him the Batman of Borrego. While Don Endicott is not a caped crusader, he is a self-taught naturalist who is fiercely dedicated to studying and protecting nature and wildlife. You could also call him the bighorn census t... — Updated 5/6/2021

 
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Nature Watch: "Rhythmite"

Most visitors who first look out upon the Carrizo Badlands often describe the area as a wasteland. In reality this area south of Fish Creek is a rich earth laboratory of marine fossils, petrified wood and fascinating geological... — Updated 4/29/2021

 
 By Ernie Cowan    News

Discovering Borrego's Spring Wonders

The many wonders that attract both residents and visitors to the wilds of Anza-Borrego Desert State Park are on full display. You may just have to look a bit harder to find them. Spring is a big time in the desert. Temperatures... — Updated 4/23/2021

 
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Nature Watch: Ringtail

Just because you can't see it, doesn't mean it's not there. It's an old lesson, but as night viewing wildlife cameras become more popular, it's something we are reminded of often. I have met few people who have ever seen a... — Updated 4/16/2021

 
 By Ernie Cowan    News

Borrego Hawkwatch 2021 Update

Borrego Hawkwatch 2021 may be heading for a near record number of migrating Swainson's Hawks passing through here, and no one predicted it. The annual citizen-science project launched its 19th season on Feb. 21 amid predictions... — Updated 4/7/2021

 
 By Ernie Cowan    News

Nature Watch: Pictographs

Reaching into the yawning mouth of the dusty clay pot, I could feel the fingerprints of the native Kumeyaay maker. It was an overpowering connection to another wilderness traveler who stood in the same spot many centuries ago. I... — Updated 3/22/2021

 
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Nature Watch: "Bladderpod"

It was the large, green seed pods that first caught my eye. Dangling from a small bush with clusters of happy yellow flowers, I was curious about this plant and the large seed pods I had not often seen in Anza-Borrego Desert State... — Updated 3/3/2021

 
 By Ernie Cowan    News

Nature Watch: Wild Turkey

A wild turkey is not something you would normally expect to see in the arid environment of Borrego Springs. But these big birds have wandered into our community and have been spotted at De Anza Country Club, Borrego Palm Canyon, Borrego Springs Resort and even as far east as Bow... — Updated 2/23/2021

 
 By Ernie Cowan    News

Borrego Hawkwatch 2021

Borrego Hawkwatch, the annual citizen-science census of migrating Swainson's hawks will launch its 19th season on Feb. 21. Despite the impacts of COVID-19 that has prevented some key participants from traveling to Borrego Springs f... — Updated 2/23/2021

 
 By Ernie Cowan    News

Borrego Springs Becoming Radioactive

Borrego Springs is becoming radioactive and it’s not a bad thing. Interest is growing in forming a local club for amateur radio operators, also known as hams. Since a story ran in the Borrego Sun a few weeks ago about the value of ham radio, both local residents and seasonal... — Updated 2/11/2021

 
 By Ernie Cowan    News

Nature Watch: "Lower Willows"

Anza-Borrego has countless unique and interesting places to visit, but add water, and you have a whole new wonderland. There's a good reason that places like Hellhole Canyon, Borrego Palm Canyon or Pena Spring in Culp Valley draw... — Updated 2/4/2021

 
 By Ernie Cowan    News

Calling All Ham Radio Operators

A new resident of Borrego Springs saw an article in the Borrego Sun a few months ago about the value of ham radio in a small, remote community. Peter Morrison, with the call sign of KI7QBL, contacted me wondering if there was a... — Updated 1/19/2021

 
 By Ernie Cowan    News

Christmas Bird Count 2020

The annual Audubon Christmas Bird Count in Borrego Springs was certainly an event where birds of a feather did not flock together. In this case, the "birds" were the dozens of count volunteers who typically team up to annually reco... — Updated 1/19/2021

 
 By Ernie Cowan    News

Midnight Matinee

Nature watchers can enjoy a midnight matinee in the wee hours of Dec. 13 and 14 as the annual Geminid Meteor Shower appears in the night sky. The Geminid shower is always one of the best celestial events of the year, but this year... — Updated 12/16/2020

 
 By Ernie Cowan    News

New County Lighting Regulations Get Final Approval

The County of San Diego has taken final action to adopt new lighting standards that will help preserve the dark night skies that attract thousands of visitors to Borrego Springs. The new Zone C lighting regulations apply to the... — Updated 12/9/2020

 
 By Ernie Cowan    News

Julian Joins Borrego As A Dark Sky Community

The County of San Diego has adopted new rural lighting standards that will help preserve night skies free from light pollution and allow Julian to join Borrego Springs as a recognized International Dark Sky Community. The Borrego Sun reported last month on a four-year effort by a... — Updated 11/20/2020

 
 By Ernie Cowan    Julian

Julian: Dark Sky Community?

A nearly four-year effort that could link Julian with Borrego Springs as an internationally recognized dark sky community is near completion. You might even say there is light at the end of the tunnel, however, that would be a... — Updated 10/20/2020

 
 By Ernie Cowan    News

Honeymoon Shack

Tucked into a deeply sliced rocky canyon in the shadow of Whale Peak there are the remains of an old shack that long ago served as the honeymoon cabin for a pioneer cattleman and his new bride. The Harper family began raising... — Updated 10/6/2020

 

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