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.
Scattered across the landscape of 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.
Despite the large aggregation of Shaw’s agave at Cabrillo National Monument, there have been little to no new individuals discovered. This severe disconnect has lead Cabrillo biologists to investigate who exactly is pollinating these plants and are they successful? This compelling narrative provides the ideal backdrop for discussion and exploration.
In accordance with the 2015 Presidential memorandum to protect pollinators, their habitat, and inform the public on these issues, this unique exhibit focuses on visitor education regarding pollination issues and what Cabrillo scientists are doing to investigate pollinators and their habitat decline.
A fully collaborative effort between the National Park Service, Cabrillo National Monument park partners, and the San Diego Natural History Museum, “The Pollination Project” will be on exhibit for the entire month of August.
Special events are held throughout the month including scientist interactions, DIY butterfly gardens, as well as a special Junior Ranger Program known as “The Pollinator Protectors.”
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