Climate change is ravaging Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, warn scientists. What can be done?
Mark Jorgensen stands near a struggling saltbush in the Anza-Borrego Desert State Park on March 8, 2022. - Ana Ramirez/San Diego Union-Tribune/TNS

SAN DIEGO — Under a crescent moon, a Baja California treefrog wades among rushes and water hyacinth in San Felipe Creek — a wetland along the western edge of Anza-Borrego Desert State Park that researchers fear could be rapidly shrinking as the climate changes. Upstream, environmental scientist Samantha Birdsong is on the hunt for such native amphibians, whose abundance indicates the health of the ecosystem. “There’s one, right in the aquatic plants,” Birdsong says excitedly, the tiny creature’s eyes shining in the glow of her headlamp. She quickly records its location on her phone, a chorus o...