Cabrillo Field Notes

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About This Blog

Cabrillo National Monument protects a unique and diverse landscape thriving with life. Follow our science teams into the field and discover the stories of our park’s natural resources and beyond.

Adaptation During a Global Pandemic

September 01, 2020 Posted by: Samantha Wynns

ad·ap·ta·tion (noun) – the action or process of change by which an organism or species becomes better suited to its environment. How do you adapt to change, to stress, and to a global pandemic? Just like everyone else, we at Cabrillo National Monument have had to adapt quickly to these unprecedented times. One of the ways we’ve done so is how we communicate science to the public. Read on to learn more – and to find out how you can participate!

 

The ABCs of Our RLCs

April 21, 2020 Posted by: Andrew Rosales

The Research Learning Centers (RLC) were established in 2001 as part of the National Park Service’s Natural Resource Challenge Program. The Southern California Resource Learning Center (SCRLC) was established in 2002 and supports the Mediterranean Coast Network (MEDN) which consists of Cabrillo National Monument, Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area, and Channel Islands National Park. Read on to find out the amazing work our SCRLC is doing for these parks.

 

Excuse Me, What Do You Keep in Your Gular Pouch?

January 23, 2020 Posted by: Conservation and Environmental Stewardship Apprentice Violeta Anghel

Dixon Lanier Merritt wrote a great limerick regarding our fine feathered friend in 1910: "Oh, a wondrous bird is the pelican! His bill holds more than his belican. He can take in his beak Enough food for a week. But I'm darned if I know how the helican." In this field note we discuss the Brown Pelican, the uses of its gular pouch, its diet, description, and, finally, its range.

 

What Do Greenhouse Volunteers Do at Cabrillo National Monument?

December 11, 2019 Posted by: Conservation and Environmental Stewardship Apprentice Felix Asadi
 

IF We Empower a Woman in STEM, THEN She Can Change the World

November 27, 2019 Posted by: Samantha Wynns

If you’ve ever met Cabrillo National Monument scientist Samantha Wynns, then you know that she is a super geek for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math). She’s so into STEM, in fact, that she’s been nationally recognized by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). Read on to hear how Sam’s AAAS year-long Ambassadorship is supporting scientists, students, and the mission of the National Park Service.

 

Cuckoo-Spit Spittlebug Froghoppers Sighted At Cabrillo National Monument!

November 21, 2019 Posted by: Conservation and Environmental Stewardship Apprentice Violette Anghel

Get to know your friendly neighborhood spittlebugs!  In this field note, we discuss their life cycle, where, how, and why they create their foam houses and the reasoning behind their strange nicknames.

 

Sonoran bumblebee

October 22, 2019 Posted by: Andrew Rosales

The Sonoran bumblebee (Bombus sonorous) is a native bee here in San Diego. With its bright yellow fur, it can be easily spotted during the fall season as it builds its nests and gathers food for the colony.

 

The Bloomin’ Broom

October 22, 2019 Posted by: Andrew Rosales

As the season changes into fall, the next series of plants out at Cabrillo National Monument are triggered to begin their blomming cycle. One such plant is the Hybrid Desertboom (Baccharis sarothroides x pilularis), one of the fall blooming plants within the Coastal Sage Scrub.

 

Albinism versus Leucism: In the Wild and at Our Parks

October 01, 2019 Posted by: Conservation and Environmental Steward Apprentice Felix Asadi-Denham

Meet Summer, an albino California Kingsnake and one of our ambassador snakes here at Cabrillo. In this field note, we’ll be observing the differences between albinism and leucism in organisms, specifically snakes and other reptiles.

 

Femmes in STEM

September 27, 2019 Posted by: Samantha Wynns

For most, the end of summer means the conclusion of beach days and ice cream breaks. For Cabrillo National Monument, the changing season means another successful STEM summer camp for girls in the books. Read on to learn about this year’s incredible campers!

 

Popular Arts with Your National Parks: Comic-Con Edition

August 02, 2019 Posted by: Samantha Wynns

Cabrillo National Monument is at it again – they’re bringing the parks to the people with an outreach initiative that represented at San Diego Comic-Con! But how do the National Parks fit into one of the world’s largest popular arts festival? Read on to find out!

 

Three Summer Blooms

June 28, 2019 Posted by: Andrew Rosales

As we move into the summer months and the drought deciduous plants of spring begin to go dormant, the summer blooms arrive to add their splash of color to Cabrillo National Monument. Clustered Tarweed (Deinandra fasciculate), California Flattop Buckwheat (Eriogonum fasciculatum), and Tall Stephanomeria (Stepanomeria virgate ssp. Pleurocarpa) are currently in bloom at our park.

 

We Brake for Snakes!

June 18, 2019 Posted by: Samantha Wynns

Cabrillo National Monument is home to six different snake species – one of these species, the San Diego Gopher Snake (Pituophis catenifer annectens), is an oft-misidentified and harmless backyard reptile that keeps our ecosystems healthy. Read on to learn more about this slithering species, and why it’s important to break for snakes!

 

The Beautiful Mallow Are Out

May 16, 2019 Posted by: Andrew Rosales

The Coastal Bushmallow (Malacothamnus fasciculatus) has just started blooming at Cabrillo National Monument. This shrub from the Coastal Sage Scrub plant community is loved by bees and visitors to the park. The lovely light pink blooms are dotted along the stems of this late spring bloomer.

 

City Nature Challenge at Cabrillo National Monument – A Celebration of Science for the Entire Community

May 15, 2019 Posted by: Samantha Wynns

With the growing popularity of citizen science National Park Service scientists are employing the power of the people to help them solve the problems they face. Read on to learn about one such project that just concluded at Cabrillo National Monument.

 

Hummingbirds: Aerial Acrobats

April 24, 2019 Posted by: Samantha Wynns

Cabrillo National Monument is home to many different species of birds. One of the most remarkable is also one of the smallest, and most iconic – the hummingbird! Read on to learn more about these masters of the air.

 

It’s That Asteraceae Time Again

April 11, 2019 Posted by: Andrew Rosales

Asteraceae is one of the largest plant families in the world. This includes the sunflower, aster, daisy, cosmos, dahlia, and thistle to just name a few. At Cabrillo National Monument we have a great bloom of plants in the sunflower family. This year’s rain has given the Sea Dahlia, Bush Sunflower, and San Diego Viguiera a great start and impressive bloom within the park.

 

Surviving in the Desert

March 22, 2019 Posted by: Adam Taylor

Muad’Dib is a fictional animal from Frank Herbert’s Dune. Its description most closely resembles a kangaroo rat or possibly a pocket mouse. While we aren’t exactly the barren lands of the desert planet in Dune, the plants and animals at Cabrillo National Monument need to have specialized traits to survive the harsh drought and desert-like conditions here. Check some of these cool critters out in this edition of Field Notes.

 

March Madness – Outreach Edition

March 21, 2019 Posted by: Samantha Wynns

Cabrillo National Monument staff and volunteers have been “bringing the parks to the people” at a variety of fun community events. Read on to see what the outreach team has been up to, and what’s on the horizon!

 

Rising To The Top

March 20, 2019 Posted by: Andrew Rosales

With the consistent rains of this rainy season, the Wild Cucumber is the first to come out of dormancy and spread its vines across the Coastal Sage Scrub. This perennial is one of the early blooming plants at Cabrillo National Monument and its white flowers and spectacular seed pods can be seen in many areas of the park.

 

Gentle and Strong – The Pacific Gray Whale

February 28, 2019 Posted by: Samantha Wynns

December through March is a wonderful time of year to visit Cabrillo National Monument – the air is crisp, the plants are green, the flowers are blooming, the tides are low… and the Pacific Gray Whales are migrating! Read on to learn more about these incredible marine mammals and their arduous journey.

 

Blooming in the Rain: Cabrillo’s Drought Deciduous Plants

February 28, 2019 Posted by: Samantha Wynns

It’s been a wet winter here at Cabrillo National Monument, and our drought-adapted plants are putting that precious water to good use! Read on to learn about how the change in weather affects our native species.

 

A Look Back at 2018

December 19, 2018 Posted by: McKenna Pace

As 2018 comes to a close, we wanted to take a moment to look back on some of the cool things that happened in and around the park this year and extend a special thank you to all of our community partners that made it happen. Check it out!

 

Schoodic Institute’s Citizen Science Workshop

December 19, 2018 Posted by: Andrew Rosales

The Schoodic Institute recently held a workshop titled Strengthening Your Citizen Science at the Point Bonita YMCA on the Marin Headlands in Sausalito, CA. This workshop focused on helping individuals and groups design and build strong citizen science projects with, and for, the varied agencies that preserve and protect open areas in California. Two members of the Science Education Team got to attend – here’s what they learned!

 

A Peek Inside the Cabrillo Adventure Traveling Trunk

December 18, 2018 Posted by: Andrew Rosales

The Cabrillo Adventure Traveling Trunk is designed to introduce teachers and students to the historical, cultural, and natural resources of their National Park, Cabrillo National Monument. Several educational activities, videos, and books connect students to the cultural and historical stories and the science conducted within the park.

 

Rare Sights at the Edge of Land and Sea

December 18, 2018 Posted by: Samantha Wynns

There are interesting things afoot in the tidepools of Cabrillo National Monument! Rare species have been sighted in the water – read on to find out who’s visiting!

 

Volunteers Wanted!

December 18, 2018 Posted by: McKenna Pace

Cabrillo Field Notes is full of stories about the work being done in and around Cabrillo National Monument, but we’ve never talked about how you, our readers and members of the community, can get involved! Read on to learn more about the various volunteer opportunities at the park.

 

California Science Education Conference

December 13, 2018 Posted by: Nicole Ornelas

The California Science Teachers Association hosts the California Science Education Conference on an annual basis to gather teachers, informal educators, institutes, and everything in between to learn effective Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) strategies that are used to foster students’ love of science and three dimensional learning. Cabrillo National Monument was able to attend this year!

 

Middens, a window into the past? No kiddin’!

December 13, 2018 Posted by: Stephanie Root

Woodrats, also known as packrats, are a pretty common resident in San Diego. These species are known for their large nest composed of plants, shells, and other local materials. These large nests, often overwhelming, have been found to be very helpful to humans. Scientists use part of their nest that is used for waste to look into the past to identify fossils and vegetation composition from thousands of years ago!

 

Bringing the People to the Parks and the Parks to the People

November 23, 2018 Posted by: Samantha Wynns

There are 417 National Parks and Monuments, and they all belong to you! These public lands are here for all to enjoy, and we at Cabrillo National Monument want to ensure everyone knows it – we’re bringing the Parks to the people with our new community outreach initiative. Read on to find out more!

 

Species Spotlight: Common Poorwill (Phalaenoptilus nuttallii)

November 23, 2018 Posted by: Nicole Ornelas

In November 2018, after the park was closed and night had just fallen, Law Enforcement Ranger Bonnie Phillips came upon an unfamiliar creature on the sidewalk near the Visitor Center – the Common Poorwill (Phalaenoptilus nuttallii). Let’s learn more about this camouflaged nightjar.

 

Naturally Speaking: To Protect and Serve These Lands

November 23, 2018 Posted by: McKenna Pace

On Saturday, November 17, we kicked off the 2018-2019 season of Naturally Speaking Science Education Lectures with Law Enforcement Ranger Bonnie Phillips. Bonnie spoke about the history and importance of Law Enforcement in the National Park Service. Read on to find out more!

 

Our Own Celebrity Spider

November 23, 2018 Posted by: Andrew Rosales

Researcher Jason E. Bond from Auburn University recently renamed, described, and classified over 30 species of trapdoor spiders, one of them being right here at Cabrillo National Monument. Read on to learn more about this interesting group of arachnids and their fun new names!

 

Give Wildlife a Break

November 15, 2018 Posted by: Nicole Ornelas

One of our partners, the Climate Science Alliance, recently teamed up with local ecologists and climatologists to assess how climate change is impacting San Diego ecosystems and its wildlife. Based on this assessment, here are 10 things you can do to give wildlife a break. At Cabrillo National Monument, we hope you strive to help wildlife each and every day.

 

On the Wing Part 2: Birding 101

November 10, 2018 Posted by: Samantha Wynns

Could you imagine walking from the tip of South America all the way up to Alaska? Now imagine making that trek twice every year – like birds do! Fall and spring bring migratory birds through Cabrillo National Monument. Learn how to identify these visitors in this edition of Field Notes.

 

A Peek Inside the Nature’s Nurseries Traveling Trunk

November 05, 2018 Posted by: McKenna Pace

Did you know that we offer traveling trunks of activities and resources for teachers to use in their classroom? Specifically created for students in grades K-2, the Nature’s Nurseries Traveling Trunk was designed to highlight the life cycles of four animals found at Cabrillo National Monument. Take a look!

 

Slick Rocks, Steady Feet: How to Safely Explore the Tidepools

October 22, 2018 Posted by: McKenna Pace

Intertidal season is just around the corner here at Cabrillo National Monument, and we want to make sure you stay safe out there! Here are some tips for safely enjoying the tidepools.

 

Fang-tastic Friends

October 18, 2018 Posted by: Samantha Wynns

Because it’s the month of Halloween, we thought it’d be festive to talk about fangs. Not vampire fangs, however, but the fangs of real animals - snakes. All snakes have teeth, but not all snakes have fangs. What’s the difference? Read on to find out about the anatomy of our slithery friends!

 

Naturally Speaking: Science Education Series 2018 - 2019

October 17, 2018 Posted by: Nicole Ornelas

Naturally Speaking is a Science Seminar Series that explores the natural themes of Cabrillo National Monument. This year, the series will include topics from a Cabrillo National Monument Law Enforcement Ranger, Botanists, Ecologists, and much more. The concept behind the lecture series is to reach beyond our comfort zones and enhance the way people interact with public lands.

 

The EcoLogik Project: EcoLogik Workshops 2018 - 2019

October 17, 2018 Posted by: Nicole Ornelas

With the help of our project partners, San Diego Public Library and Cabrillo National Monument Foundation, we are excited to reach new audiences with the EcoLogik Project and extend the role of Cabrillo National Monument as a STEM leader in our community with EcoLogik Workshops 2018 - 2019. In accordance with this mission, we are offering four specialty workshops throughout the year to teach our nature + technology curriculum. We hope you can join us!

 

A Crash Course in Conservation Science

October 14, 2018 Posted by: McKenna Pace

Extirpated species are those that are native to a certain area, but no longer found there. Quite a few animals, both on land and in the intertidal, have been extirpated from Cabrillo National Monument, but some may question why we can’t just bring them back. Find out the answer here!

 

The King of Snakes

October 10, 2018 Posted by: Samantha Wynns

There are 6 resident snake species at Cabrillo National Monument. One of these species, the California Kingsnake (Lampropeltis californiae), is sometimes called the “king of snakes” – read on to find out why!

 

Species Spotlight: the California Gnatcatcher

September 27, 2018 Posted by: Samantha Wynns

Strolling down the trails at Cabrillo National Monument you might hear the mewling of a newborn kitten. But you’ve been fooled! The cries you hear are not from kittens, but from an endangered bird called the California Gnatcatcher (Polioptila californica). Read on to discover more about this adorable, rare species!

 

Naturally Speaking: Tolerating the Flames

September 27, 2018 Posted by: McKenna Pace

On Thursday, September 20, Cabrillo National Monument Volunteers and Foundation members had the opportunity to hear from Dr. Keith Lombardo as part of the Naturally Speaking Science Education Lecture Series. Dr. Lombardo spoke about his research on the history of fire in Southern California – are large, destructive fires just a part of life here, or are they something new? Read on to find out!

 

Cabrillo is Going Back to School!

September 22, 2018 Posted by: Samantha Wynns

The phrase “back-to-school” usually conjures images like school supplies, new clothes, or yellow buses driving through our neighborhoods. But did you know that here at Cabrillo National Monument, we go back-to-school, too? Read on to find out how!

 

10 Things You Can Do To Stop Invasive Species

August 31, 2018 Posted by: Nicole Ornelas & Melonie Brown

“We love to see thriving flora and fauna, so long as they are in their native habitats and do not harm the environment in the process. Ongoing efforts are being made by the National Park Service and its partners to ensure the preservation of our parks for years to come. However, this requires cooperation from visitors and your support to help prevent the spread of invasive species.”

 

Field Guides on the Go

August 31, 2018 Posted by: Nicole Ornelas

Field guides are designed to help the reader identify wildlife in a local area and generally designed to be brought into the ‘field’. When hiking and/or exploring in the ‘field’, visitors will typically have water, snacks, sunscreen, a hat, maybe a light a jacket and field guide to identify wildlife, if there is space. However, whether it’s a long exploration or a short one, in today’s era, there is one thing that is guaranteed to make the cut - your CELL PHONE.

 

Seal or Sea Lion?

August 27, 2018 Posted by: Samantha Wynns

Pinnipeds (the group that includes seals and sea lions) often visit the waters off Cabrillo National Monument. Read on to learn more about these marine mammal species and how to identify them in the field.

 

Invasive Trees Removed from the Park

August 27, 2018 Posted by: McKenna Pace

The park has recently undergone some aesthetic changes! Read on to learn more about why we chose to cut down and remove two large trees.

 

Strange Birds Caught by Observant Community Scientists

August 22, 2018 Posted by: Samantha Wynns

Field scientists do their best to observe and catalogue every species on the Earth, but there just isn’t enough of them to be all places at all times. Because of this, community scientists are playing an increasingly vital role in keeping track of the world’s organisms – are you one of them?

 

The Return Of The Roadrunner!

August 21, 2018 Posted by: Stephanie Root

Wildlife cameras reveal an unexpected but welcome visitor – a greater roadrunner. This is a species that has not been seen for decades in Cabrillo National Monument. We take a look into the history of roadrunners in the park as well as interesting facts about this amazing bird.

 

The San Diego Urban Ant Project: Part 3

August 16, 2018 Posted by: McKenna Pace

Teachers from High Tech North County recently conducted an ant survey at the park as part of a training for the San Diego Urban Ant Project. Check out what they found!

 

Playing Opossum

August 14, 2018 Posted by: Nicole Ornelas

On Monday, August 6, 2018, Biological Science Technician - Ranger Melonie (Lonie) Brown discovered an unusual bin in the maintenance area of Cabrillo National Monument. The bin was up against a chain link fence with the lid missing. She approached the bin and unfortunately found what she thought to be a deceased adult opossum.

 

EcoLogik Summer Program: July 2018

August 14, 2018 Posted by: Nicole Ornelas

The EcoLogik Project had a new set of young scientists this July for summer camp. 

 

Snakes, Lizards and Salamanders – Oh My!

July 18, 2018 Posted by: Samantha Wynns

Scientists with Cabrillo National Monument frequently monitor the native species of animals and plants that live here. Herpetofauna (reptiles and amphibians) monitoring is important to ensure that the Monument’s reptile and amphibian populations are healthy and thriving. Read on to learn about the herpetofauna species at CNM and the scientists that study them!

 

Naturally Speaking: Of Islands and Reptiles

July 20, 2018 Posted by: McKenna Pace

On Thursday, July 19, Cabrillo National Monument Foundation members and volunteers had the opportunity to hear from SDSU researcher and professional rattlesnake-wrangler Roman Nava as part of our ongoing Naturally Speaking Lecture Series. Read on to learn more about his research and the life of the Southern Pacific Rattlesnake.

 

Venomous versus poisonous. Same thing, right? Wrong!

July 18, 2018 Posted by: Stephanie Root

Animals (and plants) have evolved different strategies to ward off predators. Some species have developed toxins to do this, but there are different ways the toxins can affect these would-be predators. We will delve into the differences between the terms “venomous” and “poisonous,” which are often used synonymously in conversation, but have completely different meanings.

 

EcoLogik Summer Program: June 2018

July 10, 2018 Posted by: Nicole Ornelas

The EcoLogik Project Summer Program looks to provide a platform for underrepresented young girls (ages 9-16) who show specialized interest in the natural and technical sciences, but lack opportunity to explore these careers.

 

Snapshot Cal Coast 2018

July 10, 2018 Posted by: Nicole Ornelas

As the Sun rose through the mist at Cabrillo National Monument, wildlife biologists and volunteers joined forces with equipment in hand ready to explore the tidepools. Our team’s goal was to categorize as much biodiversity as possible in the rocky intertidal before the tide came up as a part of Snapshot Cal Coast.

 

Conservation + Comics – Telling the Story of Science Through Popular Arts

July 10, 2018 Posted by: Samantha Wynns

To many of us, when we think of science communication we imagine a tweedy, boring expert repeating the contents of an entire textbook while we sit in the back of a classroom and doze. But it doesn’t have to be like that. Science communication can be fresh, engaging, and fun! It can use unconventional media in unconventional locations, like comic books instead of nature journals and exist outside in nature instead of inside a stuffy classroom.

 

Naturally Speaking: Am I Bugging You?

July 05, 2018 Posted by: McKenna Pace

On Thursday, June 21, Cabrillo National Monument Foundation members and volunteers had the opportunity to hear from volunteer naturalist Patricia Simpson as part of our ongoing Naturally Speaking Lecture Series. Read on to learn more about some of the park’s smallest residents!

 

HTeNC First Graders Help Cabrillo Build Nature’s Nurseries

June 21, 2018 Posted by: Alex Warneke

Earlier this year our Science Education team teamed up with students and teachers at High Tech Elementary North County to collaborate on a semester long project focused on Nature’s Nurseries. Find out more here!

 

It’s That Time of Year Again

June 18, 2018 Posted by: Andrew Rosales

Wart-Stemmed Ceanothus or Coast Lilac is one of many plant species of concern at Cabrillo. Habitat loss, due to urbanization, has greatly reduced the suitable coastal habitat Coast Lilac requires. But this species also needs FIRE to propagate. However, wildfire is extremely rare at CNM. To combat this management concern, Ranger Adam Taylor, Greenhouse Manager Patricia Simpson, and volunteers have been collecting seed for successful nursery propagation of this native species.

 

Field Trip for Teachers

June 13, 2018 Posted by: Andrew Rosales

Field Trip for Teachers is an event held at Cabrillo National Monument to highlight the educational programs available to educators. These programs include science, cultural and historical educational programs. This is a fun way for teachers to spend the day in their National Park and preview the amazing programs available to their students for the upcoming school year.

 

CNM Partners with YMCA to Get San Diego Youth Outside

June 13, 2018 Posted by: McKenna Pace

The National Park Service recently partnered with YMCAs across the nation in an effort to get more kids outside. Cabrillo National Monument is proud to be a part of this effort, bringing hundreds of San Diego youth to their national park this summer.

 

Introducing our Geoscientist-in-the-Parks Intern

June 13, 2018 Posted by: Alex Warneke

The Geoscientists-in-the Parks Internship Program (GIP) provides college students and recent graduates with on-the-ground, natural resource, science-based work experience with the NPS. Cabrillo National Monument is excited to host a GIP Intern this summer – learn more about her here!

 

The Remarkable Adaptations of Birds to Their Environment

May 26, 2018 Posted by: Samantha Wynns

Birds, like all living things, are sculpted by natural selection. Every adaptation they sport serves a purpose: beaks are designed to eat a specific kind of food, feet help them to navigate their preferred environments, and plumage advertises a bird’s fitness or disguises its presence. Ready to learn about some of the interesting adaptations that make birds unique? Read on!

 

Introducing the Cabrillo Adventure Program

May 17, 2018 Posted by: McKenna Pace

The Science Education team is excited to announce a new self-guided program for park visitors and students. Check it out!

 

Bringing Science to the People

May 17, 2018 Posted by: McKenna Pace

The latest volunteer-led program at Cabrillo National Monument – the Science Explorer’s Club – has recently expanded! More volunteers will be out and about more often… make sure to stop by and say hi!

 

Peregrines on Point – Four new healthy chicks for Cabrillo’s resident Peregrine couple!

May 17, 2018 Posted by: Don Endicott

Starting in late February, volunteers and natural resources staff at Cabrillo National Monument have kept tabs on our remarkable aerialists through visual observation and telescopic photography. Renowned for their speed and hunting skill, Peregrines are the fastest animal in the world, capable of reaching speeds of 200 miles per hour or more when diving down on unsuspecting prey.

 

The San Diego Urban Ant Project – Spring Survey

May 15, 2018 Posted by: Nicole Ornelas

The San Diego Urban Ant Project is a citizen science project that aims at mapping the presence and absence of the invasive Argentine Ant, Linepithema humile, throughout San Diego County. Through the combined forces of several High Tech campuses in San Diego, the University of California – San Diego, the Escondido Creek Conservancy, and Cabrillo National Monument, the San Diego Urban Ant Project provides insight on the ant populations within San Diego County.

 

Ocean Acidification at San Pasqual

April 19, 2018 Posted by: Nicole Ornelas

Imagine sitting in your high school chemistry class – the current topic is acids and bases. After learning about the pH scale, titrations and buffers for over two weeks, you finally ask the teacher, “Why do we care about this stuff?” San Pasqual High School teacher, Jared Hoyt, answers that question by using his passion for teaching to connect his students to the relevancy behind the bonds and atoms.

 

Species Spotlight: Woolly Indian Paintbrush (Castilleja foliolosa)

April 11, 2018 Posted by: McKenna Pace

Check out one of the park’s native wildflowers in this edition of Species Spotlight.

 

Is That A Worm?

April 04, 2018 Posted by: Andrew Rosales

The Garden Slender Salamander (Batrachoseps major) is a native Southern California salamander that inhabits Cabrillo National Monument. This species of salamander does not live in creeks and streams, but inhabits damp environments under leaf litter, bark, logs, and rocks.

 

How the Tides are Created

April 02, 2018 Posted by: Nicole Ornelas

San Diegans enjoy more than 150 miles of beautiful coastline on the Pacific Ocean, Mission Bay and San Diego Bay. Depending on the weather and the tide, thousands of people will head towards the shore to surf, swim, snorkel, kayak or go tidepooling. San Diegans lifestyle typically surrounds the coast in some way or another.

 

Naturally Speaking: Peregrine Falcons – Masters of the Air

March 28, 2018 Posted by: McKenna Pace

As part of our ongoing Naturally Speaking Lecture Series, speaker and licensed falconer Charles Gailband delighted guests with a talk about Peregrine Falcons (Falco peregrinus) on March 22. He even brought some falcon ambassadors for guests to meet! Read on for more information about these incredible masters of the air.

 

Algae: More than Meets the Eye

March 28, 2018 Posted by: Michelle Garcia

The Cabrillo tidepools are abundant with different species of red, green, and brown algae. In this edition of Field Notes, we’ll explore some of the most common of these often-overlooked organisms.

 

Help Us Answer the Call

March 01, 2018 Posted by: Andrew Rosales

This April brings the 2018 City Nature Challenge to San Diego, and with it, your chance to help document species within San Diego County! Find out how you can help answer the call and quantify the biodiversity of our region.

 

On the Wing: Shorebird Surveys at Cabrillo National Monument

February 27, 2018 Posted by: Samantha Wynns

Ever wonder how scientists track bird migration and discern which birds live where? With a survey, of course! Join Cabrillo National Monument staff and volunteers as they walk you through the process, and learn about native and visiting shorebirds along the way.

 

The Whale Diaries

February 27, 2018 Posted by: Michelle Garcia

Pacific Gray Whales (Eschrichtius robustus) undergo one of the longest migrations in the animal kingdom as they travel from Alaska to Baja California. Read more about these amazing marine mammals in this edition of Cabrillo Field Notes.

 

EcoLogik Workshop: 3D Cabrillo

February 16, 2018 Posted by: McKenna Pace

In conjunction with the Downtown Public Library, Cabrillo National Monument recently hosted its second EcoLogik Workshop - 3D Cabrillo. Learn more about the workshop and the EcoLogik Project at CabrilloEducation.org.

 

Monogamy in Harmony

February 14, 2018 Posted by: Nicole Ornelas

Every species mates in their own unique way with the ultimate evolutionary goal of producing offspring. At Cabrillo National Monument, a few of our top predators, mate monogamously - find out who.

 

The San Diego Urban Ant Project

February 14, 2018 Posted by: Nicole Ornelas

Students across High Tech High campuses (Kindergarten through eleventh grade) are working hard as citizen scientists in a project aimed at mapping the presence of the invasive Argentine Ant, responsible for the decline and absence of native ants when present.

 

Drawing Connections- Cabrillo National Monument

February 08, 2018 Posted by: Alex Warneke

In the Rocky Intertidal Zone at Cabrillo National Monument, one of the most extreme ecosystems on earth, plants and animals are tested every day. From the crashing waves on the shore at high tide to the intense wind and sun when the water recedes, this is an environment characterized by stress. If anything is to survive such a barrage of natural pressures, preparation is essential. Find out how in our newest video!

 

Fur and Scales

February 06, 2018 Posted by: Stephanie Root

Every month, biologists and volunteers set out in the coastal sage scrub and perform "herpetofauna monitoring." See the ins and outs of how they count and monitor all the critters in the coastal sage.

 

Plant Party at the Point: Update

February 02, 2018 Posted by: Nicole Ornelas

After receiving a Community Grant from the American Society of Landscape Architects, San Diego Chapter, in collaboration with the San Diego Native Plant Society, the landscape surrounding Cabrillo National Monument Visitor center altered drastically. See how things are growing along!

 

The Falcon and the Tiercel

January 31, 2018 Posted by: Stephanie Root

Many of our friends in the animal kingdom display something called "sexual dimorphism," which is simply a difference in size or physical appearance between the male and female. Check out how this shows up in the peregrines of Cabrillo.

 

Dancing with the Spanish Shawl

January 30, 2018 Posted by: Andrew Rosales

Among the shifting tides of Cabrillo National Monument’s intertidal bench lives a colorful little sea slug, the Spanish Shawl (Flabellinopsis iodinea). This is a species of aeolid nudibranch that is so striking to behold, it will stop you in your tracks!

 

Let’s Get Crabby

January 30, 2018 Posted by: Andrew Rosales

With the arrival of the Spring Tidal phase occurring during park hours more visitors are able to explore the intertidal bench here at Cabrillo National Monument during our low tide events. Among the many creatures one can observe are the Crustaceans. Two that have been recently seen recently are the Common Rock Crab (Cancer antennarius) and the Globose Kelp Crab (Taliepus nuttalli). Learn more about these crusty critters in this edition of Cabrillo Field Notes.

 

Naturally Speaking: Nature in Balance

January 30, 2018 Posted by: McKenna Pace

Cabrillo National Monument Foundation members recently had the opportunity to hear from Superintendent Andrea Compton in the latest installment of our “Naturally Speaking” lecture series. Read on to learn about the difficult task of balancing resource protection with visitation here at Cabrillo National Monument.

 

New Exhibit- Rock, Paper, Science

January 13, 2018 Posted by: Alex Warneke

Come explore Cabrillo National Monument’s newest exhibit – Rock, Paper, Science. We invite you to witness the beauty of several highlighted species that call the park home.

 

Introducing the Science Explorer’s Club

January 13, 2018 Posted by: McKenna Pace

With the help of amazing volunteers, the Science Education team is excited to unveil their new program for park visitors, the Science Explorer’s Club. Read on to find out how you can become part of the Club!

 

Preserving and Protecting the Rocky Intertidal

January 13, 2018 Posted by: McKenna Pace

The Natural Resources team just wrapped up their fall/winter tidepool monitoring season! Read on to find out why and how we monitor this precious resource.

 

When the King Tide Falls

January 13, 2018 Posted by: Nicole Ornelas

What is a ‘King Tide’ really and what can we find on those especially low tidal days? Check out some of our favorite tidepool treasures!

 

Life on the Rocks Part 2: Point Loma’s Preserved Past

December 20, 2017 Posted by: McKenna Pace

As a part of our Naturally Speaking Science Education Lecture series, Cabrillo National Monument Foundation members recently had the opportunity to learn all about the geologic history of the Point Loma Peninsula from SDSU Geologist Dr. Stephen Schellenberg. He spoke about the formation of the peninsula, its rise out of the sea, and the fossilized remains left behind. Join us as we explore some of those fossils!

 

EcoLogik Workshop: Biomimetic Loggers

December 12, 2017 Posted by: Nicole Ornelas

EcoLogik is a unique fusion of ecology, nature, and technology that connects the next generation of stewards to the science of Cabrillo National Monument. In collaboration with San Diego Public Libraries and Treobytes, the EcoLogik Project has expanded to include specialty 2-hour workshops that are open to the public free of charge at Cabrillo National Monument and the Downtown Library’s Innovation Lab.

 

Naturally Speaking: Nature’s Tiny Fighter Jets

December 07, 2017 Posted by: McKenna Pace

On Thursday November 30th, the Cabrillo National Monument Foundation kicked off its “Naturally Speaking” science education lecture series with volunteer naturalist and resident bat expert Don Endicott. Read on to find out more about these amazing creatures of the night!

 

The Symbol of the National Park Service

December 07, 2017 Posted by: Nicole Ornelas

Park biologists, volunteers, administrators, interns, law enforcement officers and many more wear the National Park Service Arrowhead with pride. It is a symbol, for many, of our nation’s treasures and hope as we continue into the future. But what do the various pieces represent?

 

A Peek at What’s Inside the See Life Traveling Trunk

December 07, 2017 Posted by: McKenna Pace

Did you know that we offer our tidepools in a box that you can check out for your classroom? The See Life Trunk is designed to help students experience the vast biodiversity of earth’s marine ecosystems from the comfort of their classroom. The trunk brings to life the meaning of biodiversity in the ocean, its role in the maintenance and function of healthy marine ecosystems, and what students can do to help protect this environment into the future.

 

Creature Feature: Dead Man’s Fingers (Codium fragile)

November 27, 2017 Posted by: Alex Warneke

In your last visit to the tidepools, did you come across a specimen that looked like green fingers? This unique seaweed, known as Dead Man’s Fingers or Codium fragile, has a weird appearance and feels fuzzy- learn more in this edition of Creature Feature.

 

Science by the Sea- Summer/Fall 2017

November 20, 2017 Posted by: Alex Warneke

Check out the Summer/Fall 2017 news and upcoming events from the National Park Service’s Mediterranean Coast Network – Cabrillo NM, Santa Monica Mountains NRA, and Channel Islands NP.

 

The Spiders of Fall

November 13, 2017 Posted by: Andrew Rosales

This time of year is accented by the hues of orange and red on the leaves, the dip in temperature, and the dramatic sunsets. Here at Cabrillo National Monument, we also see other distinct signs of the fall season.

 

Planting Native Species at Home

November 13, 2017 Posted by: Nicole Ornelas

We have planted hundreds of native species surrounding the Visitor Center at Cabrillo National Monument within the last month. Here are a few highlighted species that you may plant at home or in your surrounding neighborhood. Visit your local nursery to find species like these and many more.

 

Species Spotlight: Owl Limpet (Lottia gigantea)

November 13, 2017 Posted by: McKenna Pace

Learn more about one of the most common, yet underestimated, species at the Cabrillo National Monument tidepools in this edition of Species Spotlight.

 

Life on the Rocks Part 1: Baking a Geological Cake

November 07, 2017 Posted by: Alex Warneke

As the water recedes in the tidepools and you look back towards the cliffs, you might find yourself wondering how they have become so perfectly layered- like a well-formed cake or perhaps a mud pie? Join us as we take a step back in geologic time to see how the cliffs of Cabrillo came to be.

 

Weed Warriors: High Tech Students Help Preserve Their National Park

November 03, 2017 Posted by: Alex Warneke

Cabrillo National Monument is proud to partner with students at High Tech High Media Arts to remove invasive plants in the park. In accordance with the ongoing mission of the National Park Service and the Centennial Call-to-Action, this project seeks to develop and nurture lifelong connections between young people and their National Park through meaningful educational experiences.

 

Plant Party at the Point

November 03, 2017 Posted by: Nicole Ornelas

Cabrillo National Monument was recently awarded a community grant from the American Society of Landscape Architects to upgrade the native plant landscaping around the Visitors Center Complex. Check out the progress our vegetation teams have made on this extensive undertaking to improve the ecological landscape.

 

Creepy Crawlies and Slithering Serpents

October 30, 2017 Posted by: McKenna Pace

It’s that time of year again... It seems like everyone is flocking to haunted houses and spooky corn mazes in search of a scare. For many, Halloween often elicits visions of masked figures with chainsaws and flesh-eating zombies, but are these the things we’re really afraid of?

 

Protecting natural resources when natural disasters happen

October 23, 2017 Posted by: Stephanie Root

While the firefighters are out protecting structures and people, this special group of people continue to protect our natural parks. Take a look into the life of a READ or a wildfire Resource Advisor as they help maintain our beautiful outdoor spaces during the threats of wildfires.

 

Park after Dark: Moonwalk

October 19, 2017 Posted by: Nicole Ornelas

Earlier this month, park guests had the unique opportunity to enjoy the Harvest moon as it rose over Cabrillo. Take a look at what they learned at the Park after dark.

 

Cabrillo’s Green Thumb

October 18, 2017 Posted by: Adam Taylor

Did you know Cabrillo National Monument has a greenhouse? We do! We use it to grow many of our hundreds of native plant species to be used for restoration efforts.

 

A Day in the (Short) Life - of the male Silver Argiope (Argiope argentata)

October 17, 2017 Posted by: Michael Ready

Recently, Cabrillo artist Michael Ready happened on something out of a horror movie during his explorations in the park. Take a peek on what he saw in the entangled web of the Silver Argiope.

 

Connecting Nature & Tech: Cabrillo Science Education at Maker Faire San Diego

October 11, 2017 Posted by: McKenna Pace

On October 7th and 8th, the Cabrillo Science Education team participated in the San Diego Maker Faire at Balboa Park. This event was hosted by the Balboa Park Cultural Partnership and San Diego Makers Guild, and featured over 200 different Makers from San Diego and beyond. This two-day event spanned multiple venues, featured different food and entertainment options, and brought in roughly 28,000 visitors.

 

Along the Transect Line

October 10, 2017 Posted by: Alex Warneke

In collaboration with supporting artist Audrey Carver and our partners at the Climate Science Alliance, we are excited to host a new installation that explores the beauty of art and data. "Along the Transect Line" highlights each of the major scientific inventories at Cabrillo- from the rocky intertidal ecosystem to the menagerie of birds that call the park home.

 

Times, They’re A-Changin’

October 02, 2017 Posted by: McKenna Pace

Friday, September 22 was the Fall Equinox in the Northern Hemisphere. The day marked the changing of the seasons as the Northern Hemisphere began to tilt away from the sun. Days are getting shorter, nights longer, and temperatures are dropping as we move from the long, hot days of summer. Humans can adapt to the changing weather by putting on a jacket or staying indoors, but did you know that plants and animals also adapt to the changing seasons?

 

The Broom Is About To Bloom!

October 02, 2017 Posted by: Andrew Rosales

One of our more unique plant species at Cabrillo National Monument is looking fluffier than usual. Find out the story behind the blooming Desertbroom.

 

Fog Keeps Things Rolling

September 28, 2017 Posted by: Nicole Ornelas

The Old Point Loma Lighthouse stood watch over the entrance to San Diego Bay for 36 years. But why was it taken out of service? Find out the answer here!

 

Species Spotlight: Western Side-Blotched Lizard (Uta stansburinia)

September 23, 2017 Posted by: McKenna Pace

Orange beats blue, blue beats yellow, and yellow beats orange. Our Western Side-Blotched Lizards are playing a high stakes game of rock-paper-scissors. Who win in this evolutionary arms race and who will perish?

 

It’s Heating Up: Fire Ecology

September 21, 2017 Posted by: Nicole Ornelas & Keith Lombardo

The Northwestern United States has endured significant wildfire disturbance this past season. Find out more about the role of wildfire in our park ecosystems.

 

Spots and Stripes of the American Lady

September 21, 2017 Posted by: Andrew Rosales

As you approach the visitor center of Cabrillo National Monument you may not notice the flurry of activity taking place about two-feet off the ground. We encourage you to stop and take a closer look.

 

Urban Lights Feature

September 15, 2017 Posted by: Alex Warneke

Urban Lights is a collection of stories and learnings from across the country, showcasing the breadth and depth of innovative work in the urban sphere from coast to coast. Check out page 10 to see how Cabrillo is contributing to the National Park Service’s Urban Agenda.

 

On the Horizon

September 15, 2017 Posted by: Alex Warneke

We are committed to inspiring our community, both locally and globally, to come along side us to preserve and protect America’s beautiful spaces. As we look to the next year of programing, we hope you that you will join us in your National Parks.

 

NOAA Quantifies Microplastics on National Park Beaches

August 31, 2017 Posted by: Nicole Ornelas

New study from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) reports low amounts of microplastics on Cabrillo National Monument coastline. See the results here!

 

By the Numbers – Cabrillo Science Education 2016-2017

August 29, 2017 Posted by: Alex Warneke

Through innovation and education, the Cabrillo Science Education team is committed to the next generation of stewardship. Over the past year, our team has engaged our diverse community in new and exciting ways – providing the tools and knowledge necessary to foster a more sustainable future. Check out our 2016-2017 Year in Review.

 

New Science Education Program Brings Cabrillo National Monument to Classrooms

August 18, 2017 Posted by: Alex Warneke

CNM and Ocean Discovery Institute have been selected to participate in a new science education program, Citizen Science 2.0 in National Parks. Made possible thanks to a $1 million Veverka Family Foundation donation to the National Park Foundation’s Centennial Campaign for America’s National Parks, this new program supports collaborations among select national parks, local environmental science education providers, and local middle and high schools over a three-year period.

 

3D Cabrillo: Tidepools for Everyone

August 18, 2017 Posted by: Alex Warneke

We are happy to announce that 3D Cabrillo is now on display in the Cabrillo Visitors Center. Come by and check it out!

 

The “other” echolocator: The desert (Crawford’s grey) shrew!

August 04, 2017 Posted by: Stephanie Root

Echolocation. We know that bats and marine mammals like dolphins and whales use it. Did you know that there is another mammal that lives at Cabrillo that also echolocates?

 

Cabrillo goes on Safari: Expanding Conservation Across Communities

August 04, 2017 Posted by: Nicole Ornelas

This past week, the Cabrillo Science Education Team teamed up with the educators at the San Diego Zoo Institute for Conservation Research for an exciting week of conservation and education.

 

Creature Feature: California Sea Hare (Aplysia californica)

August 04, 2017 Posted by: Alex Warneke

Have you recently noticed the noodle looking masses down in the tidepools? Did you know they are the eggs of a very unique individual? Check out this edition of Creature Feature where we highlight the California Sea Hare.

 

Park After Dark: Great Mysteries Uncovered

July 28, 2017 Posted by: Nicole Ornelas

When the sun goes down a whole new suite of animals emerges. Check out some of our recent nighttime visitors and how we know they are here

 

Park After Dark

July 28, 2017 Posted by: Nicole Ornelas

At Cabrillo National Monument, we have tons of wildlife spanning across the coastal sagescrub. Birds, insects, and lizards are seen on a daily basis as you journey the designated trails. However, some of our animals are nocturnal or can be a bit shy to the limelight. So how do we precisely know what animals live and visit within the boundary of the park once the sun goes down?

 

The Secret Language of Bats

July 25, 2017 Posted by: Stephanie Root

Did you know, though, that each bat species speaks a “language” that humans cannot hear? And that some bats can communicate with each other and recognize each other by sound – much like humans do?

 

Snake Ambassador Meet & Greet

July 21, 2017 Posted by: Nicole Ornelas

At Cabrillo National Monument, we have a few scaled ambassadors that are typically behind the scenes. Take a moment to get to know our snakes before you come meet them Thursdays at 1:30 pm in the summer.

 

Bees Successfully Rescued from WWII Bunker

July 21, 2017 Posted by: Alex Warneke

A large hive of bees recently made their home in one of the several military armaments protected within the park. Luckily, Hilary Kearney of Girl Next Door Honey was on the job and helped us safely relocate these precious buzzing pollinators.

 

The Wild West Coast

July 12, 2017 Posted by: Adam Taylor

Last month our resources team was fortunate enough to take a field trip to one of our sister sites, Olympic National Park. Check out what they found!

 

Science by the Sea – June 2017

July 11, 2017 Posted by: Alex Warneke

Check out the March 2017 news and upcoming events from the National Park Service’s Mediterranean Coast Network – Cabrillo NM, Santa Monica Mountains NRA, and Channel Islands NP.

 

The Fusion of Nature and Technology (Final Re-cap)

July 11, 2017 Posted by: Nicole Ornelas

Summer is here and we are excited to host 25 young women in science for our first EcoLogik summer camp. EcoLogik is a 2.5 week full immersion program that fuses nature and technology that serves underrepresented students ages 9-15 and connects them to their National Park. Check our re-cap from our Final Week!

 

The Fusion of Nature and Technology (Week 2 Re-cap)

July 11, 2017 Posted by: Nicole Ornelas

Summer is here and we are excited to host 25 young women in science for our first EcoLogik summer camp. EcoLogik is a 2.5 week full immersion program that fuses nature and technology that serves underrepresented students ages 9-15 and connects them to their National Park. Check our re-cap from Week 2!

 

Cabrillo’s Most Wanted

June 26, 2017 Posted by: Melonie Brown

With heavy winter rains, Cabrillo experienced a beautiful spring bloom. However, with the flowers also came an onslaught of invasive species. Luckily, Cabrillo has weed warriors to help in the fight against plants that do not belong in the park.

 

The Fusion of Nature and Technology (Week 1 Re-cap)

June 24, 2017 Posted by: Nicole Ornelas

Summer is here and we are excited to host 25 young women in science for our first EcoLogik summer camp. EcoLogik is a 2.5 week full immersion program that fuses nature and technology that serves underrepresented students ages 9-15 and connects them to their National Park. Check our re-cap from Week 1!

 

That Which is Bright and Splendid

June 24, 2017 Posted by: Michael Ready

Strolling through the tidepools at Cabrillo National Monument, you might happen up on a small, brightly colored sea slug. These Hopkins Rose nudibranchs are a delight for visitors of all ages. Friend of Cabrillo and conservation photographer, Michael Ready, recently captured their beauty and splendor in this edition of Cabrillo Field Notes.

 

The Malva of Miguel

June 24, 2017 Posted by: Adam Taylor

Recently, our park botanist, Adam Taylor, joined Channel Islands National Park biologists on San Miguel Island. Check out his experiences doing vegetation monitoring and the interesting species he came across.

 

3D Cabrillo Comes to Life

June 19, 2017 Posted by: Nicole Ornelas

This semester a group of Fourth grade students embarked on a journey to learn about some of San Diego’s tidepool critters. These students demonstrated their knowledge base of the creatures through the fusion of art and technology. Check out what they shared with Cabrillo Visitors!

 

San Diego Teachers Take a Field Trip to Cabrillo National Monument!

June 19, 2017 Posted by: Nicole Ornelas

This spring we invited over 40 educators to spend the day with us here at Cabrillo National Monument. These San Diego teachers participated in their very own field trips through our natural and cultural education programs.

 

This Delphinium is Definitely a Rare Sight

June 12, 2017 Posted by: Andrew Rosales

This Spring was a truly spectacular species for native blooms! You might have caught sight of this particularly beautiful and rare beauty on your trail adventures.

 

2017 International Urban Wildlife Conference

June 12, 2017 Posted by: Nicole Ornelas

This past week our park biologists participated in the 2017 International Urban Wildlife Conference. Check out what they learned and some of the findings they presented.

 

Tools of the Trade- Vegetation Monitoring

June 07, 2017 Posted by: Andrew Rosales

From the coastal intertidal, herpetology and bird surveys, to the plant communities within the boundaries of CABR. Terrestrial vegetation monitoring takes place each Spring here at Cabrillo National Monument. Check out the tools you will see our biologists using in the field.

 

What's in a name? That which we call a Hopkin’s Rose by any other name would smell as sweet.

June 06, 2017 Posted by: Jonathan Jones

Marine biologists have a particularly imaginative track record when it comes to naming. Experts have touted their tautonyms, noted their knightly naming virtues, and wondered at the many magical monikers for marine molluscs. Here, we will explore a few of the more extraordinary scientific names for marine species and take a look at how those names were first assigned and why.

 

Creature Feature: Feather Boa Kelp (Egregia menziesii)

June 04, 2017 Posted by: Alex Warneke

Have you ever seen long feathery brown plants in our tidepools? Want to know a little bit more about them? Check out this edition of Creature Feature where we highlight the Feather Boa Kelp.

 

Providing Students the Tools to Teach

June 04, 2017 Posted by: Nicole Ornelas

Here at Cabrillo National Monument, we are trying to switch our educational framework to provide students with new tools to be the next generation of environment stewards. Find out how this week in Cabrillo Field Notes!

 

Introducing our MOSAICS in Science Intern

June 04, 2017 Posted by: Alex Warneke

The Mosaics in Science (MIS) Diversity Internship Program provides college students and recent graduates that are under-represented in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) career fields with on-the-ground, natural resource science-based, work experience in the National Park System. We are happy to host a Mosaics intern at Cabrillo for the summer! Join us as we welcome our newest team member.

 

Tracking Transmissions: What the Beeps Tell Us

May 30, 2017 Posted by: Alex Warneke

Follow one of Cabrillo’s visiting researchers as he uses radio telemetry to understand more about one of the park’s most interesting individuals.

 

Local Students Assist in Invasive Species Removal

May 21, 2017 Posted by: Alex Warneke

Cabrillo National Monument is once again proud to partner with the students of High Tech High Media Arts- this time to remove invasive seaweeds from the Cabrillo tidepools. In accordance with the ongoing mission of the National Park Service, this project seeks to develop and nurture lifelong connections between young people and their National Parks through meaningful education experiences.

 

A Visit to the Greenhouse

May 21, 2017 Posted by: Andrew Rosales

From the Coastal Sage Scrub and Chaparral to the Maritime Succulent Scrub, the native species of Cabrillo National Monument’s unique plant communities support a high biodiversity of organisms within the Park. However, managing these threatened resources is an ongoing struggle between invasive species and the survival of existing species. At this park we are fortunate to upkeep a substantial stock of native plants through our thriving greenhouse program.

 

Art Forms in Nature Debuts at Cabrillo

May 21, 2017 Posted by: Alex Warneke

In collaboration with nature photographer Michael Ready, Cabrillo National Monument is proud to showcase over 24 fine art prints in our newest exhibit, “Art Forms in Nature.”

 

Species Spotlight: Western Tussock Moth (Orgyia vetusta)

April 12, 2017 Posted by: Andrew Rosales

Have you noticed the bright spots of orange and red among a fuzzy tufted caterpillar here on the flora of Cabrillo? Learn more about these stunning larvae on this edition of Species Spotlight.

 

How it’s Made- 3D Cabrillo

April 12, 2017 Posted by: Nicole Ornelas

Check out this fun video tutorial on how we make our 3D biomodels!

 

That’s “New” to Us!

April 12, 2017 Posted by: Stephanie Root

During monthly herpetofauna surveys in March, CABR biologists and wildlife VIPs discovered a cute little furry critter hiding in a cup in a pitfall bucket. This was something they had never seen before, and it turns out, had never been caught in the 20+ years of monitoring!

 

Snake Encounters of the Third Kind

April 12, 2017 Posted by: Reyna Zavala

On May 21, 2016, our biologists made a rather unique observation within the Cabrillo snake population. Tune in as we investigate what this means for the park and how you can help.

 

Species Spotlight: White-Lined Sphinx Moth (Hyles lineata)

April 12, 2017 Posted by: Andrew Rosales

This past week, a certain brown and tan moth has overtaken the park. Our park biologists recently noticed their caterpillars voraciously consuming Wishbone Bush on the Bayside Trail- check out some of the observations they made.

 

Welcome back, California Gnatcatchers!

March 26, 2017 Posted by: Stephanie Root

Join us as we celebrate the third year in a row we have had nesting California gnatcatchers at Cabrillo! A species once thought to be extirpated from the park for over 100 years, this federally threatened species has returned home.

 

The Rock Star of the Rocky Intertidal

March 26, 2017 Posted by: Stephanie Root

This past week, we spotted a rare species tromping through the Cabrillo tidepools. Learn more about this unique hybrid species and how it got to the park.

 

Science by the Sea- March 2017

March 26, 2017 Posted by: Alex Warneke

Check out the March 2017 news and upcoming events from the National Park Service’s Mediterranean Coast Network – Cabrillo NM, Santa Monica Mountains NRA, and Channel Islands NP.

 

10 Things You Can Do to Save the Earth

March 26, 2017 Posted by: Alex Warneke

Cabrillo National Monument was happy to welcome the Climate Kids this past week. Over 200 students explored the Rocky Intertidal Zone, the science behind Ocean Acidification, and ways in which they could help save the earth.

 

Species Spotlight: Wild Cucumber (Marah macrocarpa)

March 17, 2017 Posted by: Nicole Ornelas

As you are out exploring Cabrillo National Monument, you might notice a vine canopying across the coastal sage scrub with unique, spiky fruit. Get the inside scoop on one of our most interesting park inhabitants in this edition of Species Spotlight.

 

What’s in Bloom

March 17, 2017 Posted by: Andrew Rosales

With the winter rains Cabrillo National Monument is looking more beautiful than ever. Check out our list of the flowers currently in bloom across the park.

 

Cabrillo’s Got Talent!

March 10, 2017 Posted by: Stephanie Root

Cabrillo National Monument is home to arguably some of the best singers around. Migration season is in full swing, so now is the perfect time to hike in the park to hear a variety of sweet songs. Check out this quick introduction to these tiny, talented tattlers.

 

Dilly-Dally and You’ll Miss the Dahlia

March 10, 2017 Posted by: Andrew Rosales

One of the most stunning and secretive plants of Cabrillo National Monument is putting on quite a show presently. Make sure you get to the park before you miss them!

 

Facing the Sun: Plant Adaptations

March 10, 2017 Posted by: Nicole Ornelas

For all living things adaption is crucial to ensure survival under a given set of conditions. Find out how the Native Plant Communities of Cabrillo hold up under the stressors of our Mediterranean ecosystem.

 

One Fish, Two Fish, Fake Fish, Blue Fish

March 10, 2017 Posted by: Nicole Ornelas

The 3D fish are here! Check out the newest additions to the 3D Cabrillo Biomodel Library.

 

Tools of the Trade – Intertidal Monitoring

March 10, 2017 Posted by: Nicole Ornelas

You may have noticed our Cabrillo biologists and resource volunteers exploring the tidepools with a few gadgets at your last visit to the park. Here we highlight those tools used for a successful intertidal monitoring sample.

 

The Secret Life of Seaweeds

February 15, 2017 Posted by: McKenna Pace

Have you ever gone to the tidepools, searched for what seems like forever, and still didn’t really find something that interested you? Find out how there might just be more than meets the eye in this watery wonderland.

 

The Call of the Bats

February 15, 2017 Posted by: Stephanie Root

Biologists with the Monument and the San Diego Natural History Museum have teamed up to monitor and inventory bat species. Check out what they have found using special devices called Anabats.

 

It’s not a Beetle, but a True Bug

February 15, 2017 Posted by: Andrew Rosales

Browsing through the strands of Bladderpod at Cabrillo, you might have come across these unique and flashy bugs. Find out the reasoning behind their unique color patterns and how they warn predators of danger.

 

Species Spotlight: California Brown Sea Hare

February 15, 2017 Posted by: Nicole Ornelas

The past few weeks the Cabrillo tidepools have been filled with these large, squishy slugs. Tune in as we highlight the California Brown Sea Hare (Aplysia californica).

 

Oh My Stars!

February 07, 2017 Posted by: McKenna Pace

Intertidal explorers across the West Coast may have noticed that one of the more iconic tidepool “stars” has gone missing. Tune in to understand where all the sea stars went and if they are ever coming back.

 

Are There Sharks in the Tidepools?

February 07, 2017 Posted by: Alex Warneke

Perhaps one of the most frequent questions we get from our younger and sometimes older visitors is, “Are there sharks in the Cabrillo tidepools?” More often than not the explanation is met with a startled silence and big eyes. Cue the ominous music…

 

Upcoming Science Education Talks

February 01, 2017 Posted by: Alex Warneke

We invite you to come explore with us as we continue to delve into fun natural resource topics in our Cabrillo Science Education Series! From Abalone to Sea Slugs, each month we tackle a new realm. Talks are hosted in the Cabrillo Auditorium and are free for all ages with price of park admission.

 

The Struggle for Shaw’s: Investigating Potential Pollinators

January 30, 2017 Posted by: Alex Warneke

If you have been to the park in the last month or so, you may have noticed a young scientist standing in the shadows of the Shaw’s Agave scattered throughout the landscape. Equipped with her field net and spotting scope, San Diego Natural History Museum (SDNHM) entomologist Annika Nabors looks to help us answer a pressing question. “Who is pollinating our Shaw’s Agave?”

 

On the Importance of Long-term Monitoring

January 30, 2017 Posted by: Alex Warneke

: Last week, the Cabrillo tidepools were filled with more scientists than normal. Stretching out several long white transect tapes and quickly scoring notes on their data sheets, members of the Coastal Biodiversity Survey set out to count and identify the resident marine species of Cabrillo.

 

Making Biodiversity More Accessible at Cabrillo

January 30, 2017 Posted by: Nicole Ornelas

In order to best study and manage species numbers, we must document and obtain a greater understanding of overall species diversity. Check out how we are committed to making park biodiversity more accessible for San Diego students.

 

Species Spotlight: The Blackclaw Crestleg Crab

January 07, 2017 Posted by: Michael Ready

What was first mistaken as bright orange tid-bit of plastic by Cabrillo naturalist Michael Ready, transformed into a moment of wonder in this edition of Species Spotlight.

 

From the Brink of Extinction

January 07, 2017 Posted by: Stephanie Root

In the 1950-1970’s, Peregrine Falcon populations were disastrously low as a result of the pesticide DDT. Have they come back from the brink to call the peninsula home?

 

Keep Calm and Adapt On

January 07, 2017 Posted by: Alex Warneke

In collaboration with High Tech Middle Media Arts, Cabrillo educators prompted students to take lessons from nature on what it means to adapt to their environment. Witness the inspiring conclusions these bright young minds came up with.

 

Tools of the Trade: Shorebird Monitoring

January 07, 2017 Posted by: Alex Warneke

Cabrillo biologists and resource volunteers have amassed some pretty interesting gadgets for monitoring the different ecosystems at the park. In this edition of “Tools of the Trade” we take a look at the implements used for a successful shorebird monitoring endeavor.

 

5 Tips for Exploring the Tidepools

December 29, 2016 Posted by: Alex Warneke

Did you know: Every year Cabrillo National Monument tidepools see over 200,000 visitors! Check out our 5 pro tips on making the most of your experience while keeping yourself and the resources safe.

 

Whales on the Horizon

December 29, 2016 Posted by: Alex Warneke

The first whales of the season have been spotted off the shores of Point Loma. Use this helpful guide to hone your whale spotting skills.

 

Seastars, Shells, and Stickers

December 21, 2016 Posted by: Alex Warneke

Get stuck in the Rocky Intertidal with Cabrillo National Monument’s new tidepool sticker book!

 

Species Spotlight: Garden Slender Salamander

December 21, 2016 Posted by: Stephanie Root

Did you know that an amphibian species calls Cabrillo National Monument home? Tune in for the answer and more in this edition of Species Spotlight.

 

Visions from Winter Monitoring

December 21, 2016 Posted by: Alex Warneke

Tis’ the Season to Science in the Cabrillo Rocky Intertidal! Check out some fun snapshots our biologists took while tidepool monitoring this past week.

 

How to Build a Better Biomodel

December 21, 2016 Posted by: Alex Warneke

Welcome to 3D Cabrillo! We are excited to announce a new and unique educational archive that connects both students and visitors to the natural resources of Cabrillo National Monument through 3D models.

 

Science by the Sea – November 2016

December 07, 2016 Posted by: Alex Warneke

Check out the November 2016 news and upcoming events from the National Park Service’s Mediterranean Coast Network – Cabrillo NM, Santa Monica Mountains NRA, and Channel Islands NP.

 

Cabrillo Partners with the San Diego Zoo Institute for Conservation Research

November 29, 2016 Posted by: Alex Warneke

This past month, Cabrillo National Monument partnered with the San Diego Zoo Institute for Conservation Research to provide a unique, hands-on learning opportunity in the Rocky Intertidal Zone.

 

Local Students Join Restoration Efforts at Cabrillo National Monument

November 29, 2016 Posted by: Alex Warneke

In an effort to preserve and protect vulnerable park resources, Cabrillo National Monument partnered with students from High Tech High Media Arts (HTHMA) in a large-scale native plant propagation and restoration effort.

 

Where the Wild Things Are

November 17, 2016 Posted by: Alex Warneke

This week our Natural Resources Team adventured to San Nicolas Island to participate in rocky intertidal monitoring. Take a peek at some of the distinct wildlife they found on their trip.

 

Return to the Island of the Blue Dolphins

November 16, 2016 Posted by: Alex warneke

This week our Natural Resources Team adventured to San Nicolas Island to participate in rocky intertidal monitoring. Find out more about their trip and larger collaboration with the Navy Marine Ecology Consortium.

 

Mobile Science: Help Us Collect Resource Data

November 09, 2016 Posted by: Alex Warneke

Citizen Scientists are everyday people that assist in scientific exploration. With your help in collecting data, scientists can grasp a better understanding of our natural world. Find out how you can help!

 

Pelecanus Spotlight’s Cabrillo Citizen Science Efforts

November 07, 2016 Posted by: Alex Warneke

This month, Pelecanus brought their show to Cabrillo in an episode entitled, “Bioblitz! At Cabrillo National Monument.” Focusing on our May 21-22nd, 2016 event, this episode perfectly encapsulates the fun and importance of citizen science and our connection within the local community.

 

Special Edition: Ocean Acidification in National Parks

November 01, 2016 Posted by: Alex Warneke

“CABR is concerned about the effects that climate change will have on its marine seascape, a place visited by a quarter of a million visitors each year, and a crown jewel of the greater San Diego area. Many marine organisms will be threatened by the warming and acidification of seawater globally as more carbon dioxide makes its way into the atmosphere and by extension, the surface ocean.

 

Return to the Urban Island

November 01, 2016 Posted by: Alex Warneke

On May 21-22, 2016, Cabrillo National Monument provided a unique opportunity for the San Diego community to get involved in citizen science through the 2016 National Parks Centennial Bioblitz. Utilizing the application, iNaturalist, explorers of all ages made their way to the Monument to discover biodiversity in their National Park.

 

Cabrillo Helps the San Diego Community 'See Life'

November 06, 2016 Posted by: Alex Warneke

This past week Cabrillo National Monument, in association with Artist-in-Residence Michael Ready and a community donation from visitor Miranda Hope, was proud to present a classroom set of images from the See Life Collection to Monarch School.

 

Qualcomm’s Bioblitz Breakdown

November 06, 2016 Posted by: Alex Warneke

Cabrillo National Monument celebrated Qkids day with Qualcomm, Inc. by hosting a biodiversity scavenger hunt using the program iNaturalist. Bioblitz events are great opportunities to learn more about the biodiversity of a given area and contribute to our greater understanding of the biodiversity of our world.

 

Native STEAM: Exploring the fusion of science and native culture at Cabrillo National Monument

November 06, 2016 Posted by: Alex Warneke

In partnership with Southern Indian Health Council (SIHC), a social service agency that serves youth from seven Kumeyaay reservations in San Diego County, Cabrillo National Monument proudly hosted twelve students throughout the summer. Native STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics) is the first Cabrillo program of its kind and comprises a unique blend of western science and indigenous practices.

 

2016 Urban Island Bioblitz Results

November 06, 2016 Posted by: Alex Warneke

On May 21-22, 2016, Cabrillo National Monument and several other park units hosted a Centennial Bioblitz event. Utilizing the biodiversity observation application, iNaturalist, explorers of all ages made their way to the Monument to discover biodiversity in the Park. Thanks to a truly outstanding community effort and an incredible team of over 157 scientists, exhibitors, and volunteers, over 1706 observations spanning 427 species were documented. Bioblit

 

Light Pollution from within SoCal’s Coastal National Parks Steady or Decreasing

November 06, 2016 Posted by: Alex Warneke

Thousand Oaks, CA - A study published today found that the amount of light pollution produced within Southern California’s three coastal National Park Service units has not significantly changed, and in one case has decreased, over the past two decades.  Overall, however, the study found that extremely high levels of nighttime lighting are present within two of the three parks, and all of them are highly influenced by light pollution in the surrounding regions.

 

Climate Kids at Cabrillo

November 06, 2016 Posted by: Alex Warneke

Cabrillo National Monument is a proud partner of the Climate Science Alliance. The Alliance is a collaboration of organizations and agencies focused on sharing ecosystem-based resiliency approaches to safeguard our communities and natural resources from climate change risk. Climate Kids, a program of the Alliance, facilitates student participation in hands-on science, art, and literacy activities regarding climate change.

 

Celebrating Biodiversity at San Diego’s Urban Island

November 06, 2016 Posted by: Alex Warneke

You teach me, I forget. You show me, I remember. You involve me, I understand.” These words, penned by the famous ecologist E.O. Wilson, exemplify the power of public involvement in nature exploration. In order to foster the next generation of environmental stewards, we must make ecosystems and the animals they encompass real and tangible entities.

 

The National Park Service Adds to Knowledge of West Coast Ocean Acidification

November 06, 2016 Posted by: Alex Warneke

The NOAA-led West Coast Ocean Acidification (WCOA) cruise started its voyage along the California Current May 5. Its route follows the entirety of the West Coast from Baja California to British Columbia, taking water samples along 13 transects on the way. On each transect, samples of water will be collected at the offshore stations by the on-board scientists, and at nearshore and onshore locations by partnering agencies.

 

The Peregrine Falcons of Cabrillo NM

November 06, 2016 Posted by: Alex Warneke

In ecosystem management and conservation, a fair number of challenges often arise such as conflicts between species. In collaboration with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Raptor Biologist, Dr. Joel ‘Jeep’ Pagel, we have been monitoring a probable scuffle whereby local populations of endangered California Least Terns (Sternula antillarum browni) are being preyed upon by our resident Peregrine Falcons (Falco peregrinus).

 

Science in Action: Snails in Cages

November 06, 2016 Posted by: Alex Warneke

Select species of seaweeds generate noxious chemicals to defend themselves against would be predators. One such species, the rockweed (Silvetia compressa), can be found atop rocky outcrops throughout Cabrillo National Monument’s intertidal zone. In partnership with the United States Navy and Cabrillo biologists, Dr. Jeremy Long from San Diego State University investigates the intricate interactions between this brown seaweed and the prevalent black turban snail.

 

Miniblitz: Connecting Students to Science

November 06, 2016 Posted by: Alex Warneke

In preparation for the 2016 National Parks Centennial Bioblitzes occurring around the country this week (May 16-22nd, 2016), the science education staff at Cabrillo National Monument hosted a “MiniBlitz” in our local community. Staff members were excited to collaborate with four – 4th and 5th grade classrooms at the local elementary schools, High Tech Elementary and Explorer Elementary. 

 

iNaturalist: Become a Citizen Scientist at Cabrillo

November 06, 2016 Posted by: Alex Warneke

Welcome explorers and scientist! In association with the 2016 Centennial Bioblitz, the National Park Service is proud to collaborate with the iNaturalist team for data management. iNaturalist allows citizen scientists to make observations with just the snap of a picture. Using any mobile Andriod or Apple device you can identify any plant or animal you come across, anywhere you go!

 

What Adventures Lie Beyond

November 06, 2016 Posted by: Alex Warneke

For the students of Vista Square Elementary, the opportunity to visit a National Park is one well out of their grasp. At 10 years old, many of the children report that they haven’t even left the three-mile radius that encompasses their school or homes. Unfortunately, plagued with limited funding and accessibility, this is reality for many Title-1 schools in the greater San Diego area.

 

Announcing Biodiversity Snapshot at Cabrillo

November 06, 2016 Posted by: Alex Warneke

Cabrillo National Monument is proud to announce a new curriculum to coincide with the BioBlitz 2016 event. “Biodiversity Snapshot” encourages students and teachers to perform their own Bioblitz on their school playground or local open space. Cabrillo National Monument is proud to announce a new curriculum to coincide with the BioBlitz 2016 event. “Biodiversity Snapshot” encourages students and teachers to perform their own Bioblitz on their school playground or local open

 

The Ultimate Spring Break Destination

November 06, 2016 Posted by: Alex Warneke

Cabrillo National Monument was happy to host an Alternative Spring Break experience this past week for the University of Arizona Honors Program. The University of Arizona Honors Alternative Breaks is a service-oriented organization that challenges students to become active citizens, making the community a priority in their values and choices.

 

Welcoming the Spring Blooms

November 05, 2016 Posted by: Alex Warneke

Spring has officially sprung at Cabrillo! In celebration of the beautiful flowers now blooming across the park, we are excited to announce our newest exhibit “Wildflowers of Cabrillo.” From now until May 31st, 2016, select live specimens will be on display for visitors to take a closer look at the flowers and unique plant communities that cover Cabrillo’s 166 acres.

 

Cabrillo NM Bioblitz 2016: The Maiden Voyage

November 05, 2016 Posted by: Alex Warneke

On March 6th, 2016, Cabrillo National Monument was proud to successfully host one of the first National Park Bioblitz events of the year in our rocky intertidal zone. This BioBlitz is part of a larger effort coordinated by the National Park Service (NPS) to celebrate the NPS Centennial. This event and others like it are great opportunities to learn more about the biodiversity of a park and contribute to our greater understanding of the biodiversity of the nation.

 

Cabrillo Artist-in Residence Spotlight: The SeeLife Collection

November 05, 2016 Posted by: Alex Warneke

The SEE LIFE Collection is a unique project highlighting the stunning and diverse ecosystems and animals that call the park home. Cabrillo Artist-in-Residence Michael Ready masterfully captures the morphology of his subjects while building an awareness for the biodiversity of the region. These select images include some of the commonly occurring and easily discovered species, and others that are rarely seen due to their small size, ephemeral existence, or natural behavior.

 

Science-in-Action: Shaw’s Agave

November 05, 2016 Posted by: Alex Warneke

Scattered across the landscape here at Cabrillo National Monument, the conspicuous Shaw’s Agave (Agave shawii) portrays a perfect example of the plight of global pollinators and the consequences of their decline to those that rely on them. Low replenishment of new individuals to the Agave population represents the threat of greatest concern, leading Cabrillo biologists to investigate this striking decline and it’s potential causes.

 

Cabrillo Tunes in on Conservation Conversations

November 05, 2016 Posted by: Alex Warneke

Cabrillo National Monument is excited to announce a new collaboration for the 2016 National Park Service Centennial with the conservation-based podcast, Pelecanus. Pelecanus is a radio show/podcast about the current happenings within the science conservation community. As a documentary style show, Pelecanus highlights the people and organizations that are making it their purpose to push the conservation community forward.

 

Climate Kids Take on Cabrillo

November 05, 2016 Posted by: Alex Warneke

Last week, Cabrillo National Monument’s education team was fortunate to host over 70 Second Graders from Pacific Beach Elementary School. In partnership with the Climate Science Alliance, students spent the morning exploring their National Park while participating in activities associated with outdoor and climate education.

 

The SeeLife Collection

November 05, 2016 Posted by: Alex Warneke

The newest exhibit at Cabrillo National Monument, The See Life Collection is a unique project highlighting the stunning and diverse ecosystems and animals that call Cabrillo home. The artist, Michael Ready, is a nature photographer based in San Diego, California. From vanishing amphibians to bioluminescent squid, Ready seeks to reveal the diversity of life and particularly its smaller and lesser-known forms.

 

Exploring the Power of “Life Art”

November 05, 2016 Posted by: Alex Warneke

Last month, Artist-in-Residence Jason Rogalski and Centennial Ambassador Alex Warneke joined forces to bring 32 refugee students from San Diego Refugee Tutoring to Cabrillo National Monument, San Diego’s only National Park.

 

Connecting People with their Pollinators

November 05, 2016 Posted by: Alex Warneke

On August 1st, Cabrillo National Monument scientists and interpreters unveiled a new temporary exhibit, “The Pollination Project.” Designed in-house with original art, hands on activities and sound science, the exhibit creates a compelling and interactive learning environment for park visitors.

 

The Mysterious Appearance of Leopard Sharks at Cabrillo NM

November 04, 2016 Posted by: Alex Warneke

Excursions to the rocky intertidal zone can reveal a vast diversity of marine life. However, in remote sections of Cabrillo's intertidal habitat, park biologists and volunteers have recently discovered a most unusual group of visitors. Aggregating in large numbers, juvenile Leopard Sharks (Triakis semifasciata) scout the shallow seagrass beds for their crustacean and mollusk prey.

 

Last updated: November 4, 2016

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