• The tidepools of Cabrillo National Monument

    Cabrillo

    National Monument California

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  • Lighthouse Will Be Closed for Seismic Retrofit April 7 through May 16

    The Lighthouse is undergoing a Seismic retrofit and will be closed from April 7 - May 16. Visitors can still access the Assistant Keepers Quarters exhibit from the south door, Lighthouse Comfort Station, and Kelp Forest Overlook. Call 619-557-5450.

  • Visitor Center Scheduled to be Closed May 19 through June 16

    The Visitor Center will be undergoing a Seismic Retrofit and will be closed. Visitors will still be able to access the Auditorium, Ballast View and the East Patio. These dates are subject to change. Please call 619 557-5450 for updated information

Birds

Cabrillo NM Tidepools Pelican Sun
Many bird species pass through or make their home at Cabrillo National Monument.  Pelicans can often be seen skimming low over the water by the tidepools.
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A Birdwatcher’s Nirvana

Point Loma and Cabrillo National Monument are well-known in the birding community as the premiere bird watching spots in San Diego. The bird checklist for both the monument and Point Loma peninsula lists 346 species, with over 200 spotted at Cabrillo National Monument alone.

A stop on the Pacific Flyway, migrant species use the peninsula as a resting place or when lost or disoriented. Raptors use Point Loma as a landmark during the peak of their migrations, and some, like the red-tail hawk, make their home here year-round. The rocky shoreline on Point Loma’s western side is the only place in San Diego where black oystercatchers are regulars, and Brant’s cormorants roost in large numbers on Point Loma’s cliffs.

A common sight in the spring are pairs of native California quail scurrying about with their babies. Their distinctive call of "ca-BREE-oh ca-BREE-oh ca-BREE-oh" can be heard throughout the park.

The most significant breeding rookery of great blue herons in coastal southern California can be found in the eucalyptus woodlands around the Navy’s submarine base on the east side of the Point, along with a large breeding colony of black-crowned night herons.

With breeding populations rare in San Diego County except in Point Loma, the orange-crowned warbler is a resident of the coastal scrub and chaparral habitats. Song sparrows have adapted to the coastal sage scrub community as well, and are very common here.

Did You Know?

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Did you know that over 200 species of birds have been recorded at Cabrillo National Monument, including land, shore, and sea birds.