Desert Mammalogy Trip, Spring 2015

Recently took many members of my SDSU Mammalogy class on an overnight camp in Indian Gorge, Anza Borrego Desert State Park. Beautiful, windless weather conditions.  Excellent food grilled up by my old friend Jose Macias.  In the morning we were real close to a large herd of Desert Bighorn – the herd scrambled up a precarious ridgeline to meet up with another group carrying at least 5 small lambs.  Very neat.  Also observed behavioral thermoregulation in an antelope ground squirrel, foraging on poppies in the hot sun, then off-loading heat on the shaded portion of a granitic rock.  Again, quite excellent.  The evening prior we hiked to a palm grove, saw eyeshine of a large carnivore high on the boulder cliffs, and listened to dozens of large molossid bats flying above.  About 78 degrees F, warm desert breeze, millions of stars.  Stunning 🙂

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About marshalhedin

University Professor, teaching college students about biological diversity & evolution, conducting original research in the realm of arachnid systematics
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