EVENT: Anza-Borrego 101: Part Six- Citizen Science in Anza-Borrego

Posted by Adventure 16 | 03.30.2016

This is our 6th and final presentation in the Anza-Borrego 101 series. Anza-Borrego Desert State Park has so much to offer recreationists and the outdoor community, all encompassed within the 1,000 square miles of protected parkland the area contains. We are very fortunate to have this wild landscape, and we can show it by giving back to Anza-Borrego Desert State Park in many different ways.


Join Anza-Borrego Foundation staff and volunteers as we share different ways for you to give back to Anza-Borrego Desert State Park through service in the field. There will be a brief overview of the Park’s volunteer societies and the work they do to protect the resources found here before we get into the biggest of our Citizen Science projects, the 4th of July Sheep Count.

Thursday, April 7: A16 San Diego Store



We will see a couple of videos by Humboldt University Graduate Student Martha Cardona, covering some of the history and the work of the annual 4th of July Sheep Count in Anza-Borrego. We will have a panel of Sheep Count Volunteers at the ready to walk you through a typical day counting sheep in the desert heat of July, and to answer any questions that you might have.

Our volunteers will be at the ready to sign you up if you think you’re interested in any of our many volunteer opportunities!

Steve Bier & Mark Jorgensen with 2015 sheep count results.                                                 Photo by Sam Webb


Ashley Kvitek is ABF’s Education Coordinator and two-time volunteer sheep counter. She is also a volunteer for the Park’s Junior Ranger Club, a Site Steward-In-Training for the Archaeology Society, and a Wildlife Guzzler Monitor.

Don Endicott is a retired civilian research engineer and executive in the field of Navy Communications and Network Technologies. He serves as volunteer Archaeological Site Steward for Anza-Borrego Desert State Park and Cuyamaca Rancho State Park, contributing hundreds of hours per year to site recording and impact assessments. He is a Certified Interpretive Guide, presents multi-media talks on Mountain Lions at the Borrego Palm Canyon Campground and ABDSP Visitor Center, recently became a Mission Trails Regional Park Trail Guide, and supports wildlife monitoring surveys and habitat restoration for National Parks. An avid hiker and climber, he has enjoyed over 50 years exploring and photographing wildlife and wilderness settings throughout California and the western States. He began participating in the Bighorn Sheep Count in 1983 and continues to backpack into upper Borrego Palm Canyon for the annual census.

Don first became a customer of A16 back in 1971. He has participated in A16’s Three Peak Challenges (3-day category) and last year completed the A16 Trifecta, Three Peak Challenge, and PCT Challenge. He still gets frequent compliments on his favorite camping tent, a beautiful 1981 blue and tan A16 Half Dome.

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.

Callie Mack is also an ABF Member and longtime supporter. She has been doing the sheep count since 1985, taking just a couple of years off. She counts at Lower Hellhole with Phil and has been doing so for the last 10 years. Her first site, in Cougar Cyn, was a real bear at 118F! Luckily she keeps coming back! When not volunteering, she is a semi-retired natural science illustrator, currently working with theNAT’s Jon Rebman on a guide to Baja plants. Callie is also active with REEF.org, another citizen science project monitoring fish and invertebrates while diving. These surveys are compiled into a big online database which is accessible to any scientist who wants to use the data.