Intro for New Member and Question for Anza Borrego

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Intro for New Member and Question for Anza Borrego

Post by Cebusman »

Hi, I recently joined the forum but have been getting out into the field for many years. I'm a primatologist by profession but love herping. Located in NY but have been out to CA many times (mostly SoCal; my brother lives there and now my son is at UCI) and always try to get out when I am there. Last trip to CA in late Sept 22 we (my wife and son also) got out to the Newberry Springs area off Rte 66 and near Desert Center off Rte 10. Had two great trips by our standards as we saw many chuckwallas, multiple desert iguanas, a desert spiny lizard, desert tortoises, a rattlesnake (couldn't be sure, probably western diamondback), whiptails, desert horned lizard, banded geckoes and a couple of desert collared lizards. They were my wife's first desert trips and now she is also a fan. Sorry for not posting pictures this time (I have some and will in the future). We only locate, view, sometimes catch and release. NO Collecting. Anything flipped is returned to the way we found it.

Next week we are planning to visit my son for his Spring Break and we are planning to get out to the Anza Borrego area (CA has been a bit cool so it should be warmer there and things may be out). I have camped at Coachwhip Canyon and Ella Wash (that was my son's first trip when he was 8 and he learned how to find desert iguanas!). But I am unfamiliar with other areas in Anza Borrego where we might do some field herping.

So I am asking for suggestions of other places in and around Anza Borrego (or even closer to the Irvine area) where we might do some day trips for field herping. Any suggestions are much appreciated. If you don't want to publicize your favorite areas you can send me a personal message at: [email protected]

Again, thanks for any suggestions and I look forward to future postings!
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