The Palooza has ended for now, but will be back in 2024 - check back in the Spring!

A photo collage of 9 different species of pollinators with the heading "Pollinatorpalooza".
A photo collage of 9 different species of pollinators with the heading "Pollinatorpalooza". From left to right: a fuzzy yellow and black bee perches on a purple flower; an orange and black butterfly with spread wings; a yellow and black wasp on a pink and white flower; a butterfly of complex pattern

NPS Photo /A. Rosales, C. Aurrecoechea

It's Pollinatorpalooza, a 6-month long celebration of plants & pollinators! Join Cabrillo National Monument from March 18th 2021 - September 18th 2021 for community science, free pollinator-themed public talks, and breaking plant-pollinator news! Information on this page will be updated frequently, so be sure to check regularly.


Naturally Speaking - Free Public Talks

Hear from plant and pollinator researchers in these virtual public talks! As Pollinatorpalooza progresses, more events will be posted so be sure to check back.

Past events:

  1. Thursday, March 18th bat conservationist Dr. Kristen Lear spoke on agave plants and the bats that pollinate them during "Agaves and Bats: A Plant-Pollinator Love Story". Watch the recording.
  2. Monday, April 12th at 6:30 PM Pacific Dr. James Hung discussed San Diego's 700+ species of native bees, including a rare find right here at the monument! Watch the recording.
  3. Wednesday, August 18th - Virtual talk on Zoom by Paige Howorth – Curator of Entomology at the San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance spoke on "Conservation of the Smaller Majority". Watch the recording.
  4. Monday, September 20th - Virtual talk on Zoom by Dr. Sula Vanderplank - botanist and conservationist, spoke on "Successful Pollination - Factors that Influence the Plants and Pollinators of Coastal Southern and Baja California". Watch the recording.

BioBlitz - Community Science in the Park

Download the free app iNaturalist (inaturalist.org), head to the park, and snap a photo of every blooming plant and pollinator that you see! Every week park staff will select one of these photographs to highlight on social media - will YOUR photograph and username be in lights?

How to use iNaturalist:

  1. Create an iNaturalist account at www.iNaturalist.org
  2. Download the app on your smartphone, or use a digital camera to take pictures (and upload the photos to iNaturalist.org later)
  3. Join the "2021 Pollinatorpalooza at Cabrillo National Monument" project on iNaturalist, which can be found here: https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/2021-pollinatorpalooza-at-cabrillo-national-monument
  4. Go to Cabrillo National Monument and take pictures of blooming plants and/or pollinators

Do you care about protecting pollinators? Then take the Pollinator Pledge!

A flyer in green and white titled "Pollinator Pledge - Make a Promise to Help Pollinators!" with 3 action steps outlined - native habitat, limited pesticides, volunteer.
Pollinator Pledge


  1. Download and print the pdf

  2. Sign it or add your own pledge

  3. Take a picture and post it to social media with the tags/hashtags @CabrilloNPS #NPS #FindYourPark #EncuentraTuParque

  4. Hang it up at your school or in your home

  5. Share the pledge with friends and family!

Together, we can help save these important species and the plants they pollinate.

A cluster of many-petaled bright yellow flowers with a dark center pop against a swirling background of different greens in this impressionistic painting.


Art-in-the-Park - Plein Air

The Plein Air artists are putting on the finishing touches in their studios - check out this sneak peek of a study of California Bush Sunflowers (Encelia californica) by artist Maureen Blackhall for a taste of the art exhibit to come! For more information, check the Pollinatorpalooza page regularly - you'll hear it here first.

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The beauty of our national parks has been inspiring people for generations. Indeed, these preserved and protected spaces hold some of the most breathtaking natural wonders – from the geysers of Yellowstone to the wild coastline of Acadia – and it’s no wonder that people are inspired to paint them. Join community artists at Cabrillo National Monument as they paint the extraordinary plants of our Mediterranean Climate. This art-in-the-park event will offer you respite from the city, spectacular views, and a glimpse into the creation of new artistic masterpieces from April 11th – May 10th.
Note: there is no daily set schedule for the artists.


Breaking News

Check back here for press releases and field notes about plants, bats, bees, community science, and more!

Hummingbirds - amazing aerial acrobats: https://www.nps.gov/cabr/blogs/hummingbirds-aerial-acrobats.htm
Bees - fuzzy Sonoran Bumblebees: https://www.nps.gov/cabr/blogs/sonoran-bumblebee.htm
Plants - drought deciduous flora: https://www.nps.gov/cabr/blogs/blooming-in-the-rain-cabrillo-s-drought-deciduous-plants.htm
Plants - Shaw's Agaves: https://www.nps.gov/cabr/blogs/the-struggle-for-shaw-s-investigating-potential-pollinators.htm

Last updated: October 5, 2023

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