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Algodones Dunes Camping or Day Trip – Imperial County
April 6 - April 7
When: April 6 & 7th- Beginner to Any on Saturday, Professionals & CNPS / SD Botanical Society fellows on Sunday
Where: Algodones Dunes
Trip Leaders: Justin Daniel and Steve Hartman
For Saturday, the group will meet up at the ranger station for orientation and a quick look for the odd sand food, then head over to the Osbourne Overlook to check out the dune ecosystem there. The group will also visit the microphyll woodlands, where abundant water below the surface creates an open woodland of ironwood (Olneya tesota), palo verde (Parkinsonia florida), and mesquites (Prosopsis sps).
That evening, there will be overnight dry camping in the desert, with some of the best stargazing in the whole state.
For Sunday, the group will meet up at the ranger station once more to get anyone who is coming out for the CNPS rare plant survey. The intended target is the Saguaro cactus (Carnegiea gigantea) 2B.2 as a landmark species but in addition, interesting listed species in the Hwy 78 / Ninemile Wash area like Argus blazing star (Mentzelia puberula), Chocolate Mountains Coldenia (Tiquilia canescens var. pulchella), and Sand Evening Primrose (Chylismia arenaria). The group will do iNaturalist and CalFlora observations and Herbaria collections where possible. This portion of the trip is aimed at botanists specifically.