Anza-Borrego 101: The Bighorn Sheep Count

Date: 
Thursday, February 2, 2017 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm

HAPPY HALF-HOUR: 6:30 pm; PRESENTATION: 7pm
Adventure 16 San Diego Store

4620 Alvarado Canyon Rd.
San Diego, CA 92120
(619) 283-2374

Anza-Borrego Desert State Park is the largest state park in California, with over 620,000 acres. The Park features stunning washes, palm groves, cacti and dramatic vistas. Over five hundred miles of dirt roads, free backcountry camping, and a thousand square miles of open hiking provide visitors with an unparalleled opportunity to experience the wonders of the California desert.

Join longtime Anza-Borrego Desert State Park Volunteer Sheep Counter Phil Roullard and short-time Volunteer Sheep Counter Ashley Kvitek for a presentation on the signature animal of San Diego’s backyard desert: the Peninsular Bighorn Sheep. After a brief introduction to the species, Phil and Ashley will talk about the experience that goes along with counting sheep in the desert heat of the 4th of July weekend.

About the Presenters:

Phil Roullard is an ABF Member and longtime supporter. He has been doing the count since 1991, with ten of those years at the Lower Hellhole site with Callie. When not counting sheep, Phil is semi-retired and works part-time at Famosa slough in Point Loma with their invasive plant removal and native plant restoration projects. Phil is a photographer and volunteer instructor at MOPA, assisting with photo classes. He has done photographic and video projects that the California Native Plant Society uses in their publications and as an intro to their organization.

Ashley Kvitek is the Education & Outreach Coordinator for Anza-Borrego Foundation, the nonprofit partner of Anza-Borrego Desert State Park. Ashley has a M.Ed. in Environmental Education, and has been with ABF for three years. In her time there, she has camped, backpacked, and hiked not just for work but also for volunteer projects and fun. She spends a great deal of time getting to know her place in the vast landscapes of the desert, and loves nothing more than sharing her appreciation for and lessons learned from California’s largest state park.