Sing for M. Anderson

My Friends,

I hope all is well in your worlds.  Happy birfday to all our April babies.  A lot of life around the Park right now.  It’s the season to perpetuate and all the plants and animals are getting their groove on.   A chance to see snakes searching, flowers blooming, bees buzzing, birds migrating and so much more. Come up when you can and let other knows how spoiled we are from our perch.  My scribble for you:

Volunteer Appreciation Dinner, Friday May 30th, 2014, 6:00pm

 Please join us for an evening of Us.  The dinner takes place at the San Salvador build site and should be a blast.  Its also an opportunity to check out the progress of the ship if you haven’t been down there in a while.  This is our last opportunity to be able to sit under the San Salvador collectively.  It is scheduled to be in the water this summer and sailing by the end of the year.  We might have the opportunity to walk around the decks and smell all that wood.  We have the mains provided.  If you would like to bring some type of dessert feel free to do so.  Also feel free to bring a guest with you as well.  To RSVP for the event put “Don’t let the Cat out of the bag” in the subject line.

Our Old Bones

Here is the latest on our retrofitting project:

Due to weather, the roof removal and roof seismic rafter/plate work will now begin Monday, 4/7. The grounds around the Lighthouse will be closed 4/7 through 4/25. The contractor will set up barricades at three entrances to paths leading to the Lighthouse on 4/7.
Visitors can still access the Assistant Keepers Quarters exhibit from the south door, Lighthouse Comfort Station, and Kelp Forest Overlooks.

Grounds will reopen 4/25, but Lighthouse will remain closed until 5/16.

Lower Maintenance to be completed by 4/4.
Plaster work in Lighthouse basement to begin 4/3/14, and be completed by 4/18.
Clarified that the patios around the View Building will remain open during the View Building closure 5/19 through 6/16. Contractor will stage everything inside the building.

Artist-In-Residence 2015 Application

April is the month we accept applications for the AIR program at Cabrillo.  Please spread the word to anyone you think might be interested.  Here is the link to our flyer with information regarding the application process:

April 16, 12:00pm All Employee Meeting

We meet in the break room.  Come if you can.

Dusty Socks Club Hike, Wild Flowers, April 19th 10:00am

The intricate fingers of San Diego’s canyon network are wonderful places to explore and experience local habitat and ecology.  The undeveloped canyons allow San Diegans to step into a vibrant and colorful world. It is a close step away and a very different world for the average San Diegan.   The Canyons provide places of solitude and exploration.  Wonderful oaks and sycamores grow in riparian areas as creeks meander their way to the sea.  Just be on the look-out for poison oak!  The hike is 3 miles (optional bonus hike for the adventurous) and is rated moderate.

Come join The Club on a hike through the wonderful Tecolote Canyon.  We meet at the trailhead right next to the Nature Center at 10:00am.  We recommend you give yourself some time either before or after the hike to check out the Nature Center.  It is teaming with interactive displays, great information about the life in the canyons and even houses some live animals.  They have a Native ethnobotany area for folks to learn the stories of the Kumeyaay.  Here is a link with more information and directions:

National Park Weeks, April 19-27, 2014

Come bleed gray and green with us during this week.  We have hikes and programs scheduled throughout the week.  If you are interested in leading a hike, giving a presentation or interfacing with the public please send me an email with “Going Wild” in the subject line.  Here is a link to a information regarding this week.  Check out the video, its going off!

Parks and Open Spaces Saturday June 7th

It is back again and we are gearing up for another festive event.  Along with our standard booth set up and presentations we are having a group of pre-1916 cars coming out to park around the lighthouse.  If you would like to help out for the event you can sign up on volgistics.  If you would like to do a presentation, lead a hike or juggle on that day for the public please send me an email with “I joculari” in the subject line.

Healthy and Sustainable Parks Day, August 9th 

Keep your calendars open for this new and fun event.  More information to be sent out shortly as Park staff and volunteers organize this event.  It’s looking pretty strong right now.  Strong indeed! Standby

Lecture Series

May 14th, 6:30pm:  “The Natural Environment of the San Diego Region upon U.S. Annexation in 1848”

Imagine walking around San Diego County in the 1830’s as a naturalist, when 90% of the population were Native Americans and just a few Americans had been in the territory.  Was there a perfect state of nature then?  A few famous naturalists came and saw, and kept records of their visits.  What they found helps us imagine how it would have been.

Please join us for a wonderful presentation from James Lightner regarding this topic. He is the author of San Diego County Native Plants (3d ed. 2011) and long-time supporter of Cabrillo National Monument. The lecture focuses on two new publications from SanDiego Flora:

1) San Diego County Plants in the 1830s: The Collections of Thomas Coulter, Thomas Nuttall and HMS Sulphur with George Barclay and Richard Hinds.

2) Parry’s California Notebooks, 1849-51: With Letters to John Torrey.

I attended a version of this talk last year and I am excited this presentation is part of our lecture series.  If you would like to attend please email me with “Coulters romunilairis” in the subject line.

June 13th 6:30pm, Herps and You

SDSU Evolutionary Biologist Stephen Rice is loaded with slithering stories of snakes and salamanders.  He has a lot of field experience throughout San Diego County and is ready to share his world with us. Learn about the reptilian world at Cabrillo and hear about Stephen’s genetics study on rattlesnakes.  There is a full moon so we can enjoy that.  We also plan to take a walk to one of our arrays to see what might be waiting for us. Please RSVP with “descent of species” in the subject line

August 7th, 6:30pm, Cabrillo Geo

Engineering geologist Michael Hart takes us on a virtual geologic tour of the peninsula.  We are set up for a birds-eye geological overview of the formations that make up the sand we stand on.  Also, learn about land uplift rates and how faults and landslides affect buildings/complexes.  If you would like to attend please RSVP with “horst block” in the subject line.

VIP Voice

If you haven’t yet checked out our forum I recommend you do so and subscribe.  It is a place to get current information regarding the volunteer program and the Park.  My emails of whimsical nonsense are also posted on this site and save you having to rummage through your emails to find my obscure subject titles.

We also have a twitter account or view these updates on the wordpress site.  These posts are good ways to live vicariously at Cabrillo when you’re not here.  You can find out weather, cloud formations, ship traffic and things going on at the Park:  @CNM_VIPVoice

Our Friends, Support and Partners

When the Pink Moon is Full, April 15th, 6:30pm-9:00pm

Our friends at the Conservancy are hosting an after-hours event on this date.  It is a chance for us to watch the sunset, the full moon rise and absorb the peace of Cabrillo when all the visitors go home.  If you would like to help out with the event and attend it free of charge please send me an email with “I am a VIP” in the subject line.

Let’s Knock it out of the Park!

This is an exploratory email to get an idea on numbers and if this is feasible. The San Diego Padres would like Cabrillo volunteers and their family and friends to enjoy a night out at the ballgame.  If we are able to muster up a good size group we can get good seats at a really great price.  If you would like to go please send me an email with “5.5 Hole” and the amount of tickets you can commit too.  This is the first step.  If I get a good response we might be catching us a ballgame.  We are looking sometime in  July to do this. Also if you have any other questions about this event let me know.

The More you Know,


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