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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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?
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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…
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.
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?”
: 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
“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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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).
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.
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.
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!
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.