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Hello All,

Blankets of yellow from Encelia californica scatter themselves around the park as well as other such delicate delights. Such a beautiful sight! It appears spring has come early and it’s a pleasure to hunt around SD for the wild flowers. Head to the desert or other such fine places of open spaces and search for the colours and life inspired around them. Also, I have been noticing egrets hunting on land in open fields by coast guard and the Agave shawii section of the coastal hike.  Have you seen this? Thanks for your continued support

Dusty Socks Club: Introduction to Birding, Saturday February 28, 9 a.m.

Begin birding and learn how to identify differences.  It is a fun way to experience the abundant assortment of birds that either live in or migrate through San Diego.  Our own National Cemetery is one of the best birding areas in the county.

We will be meeting at the bay side of the main entrance to Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery on Saturday. Please park in the places perpendicular to Cabrillo Memorial Drive. We have been busy preparing a special CNM Birding Field Guide and a pair of bird watching binoculars for each of you. Our own CNM Ranger, Emily Floyd, will be teaching us the basics. Several experienced bird spotting individuals will be helping us as we try to see just how many birds really do come visit one of the favorite bird watching locations in San Diego.

Please come and bring your family and friends.

Roses and Pancakes Feb 28th 7:00am to 11:00am.

Our local Mira Mesa High School Band the Sapphire Sound has been selected as one of the marching bands for the parade. We will connect with them and also meet with the president of the parade.

Pancake Breakfast outside of the MMHS theater.  This is our official fundraiser kick-off for the “Find Your Adventure” 127th Annual Tournament of Roses Parade.  Students have the chance to pick up pre-sale tickets throughout this week.  We encourage all of our families AND their friends, co-workers, and colleagues to attend.  All Band and Color Guard members will be performing during the breakfast. This “adventure” ahead of us has many costs and we want ALL of the Sapphire Sound to be able to participate in this once-in-a-lifetime event. Thanks for your support!

Tom will attend the breakfast in the morning and if you like to participate please wear VIP shirts. Support our local community and get involved with the 2016 NPS centennial and the Rose Parade

Tidepool Mid-Season Training – March 14, 10:00am to 4:00pm

Please join us for our mid-season training or refresher for our Tidepool program.  We plan to meet in the auditorium for the morning and in the afternoon we frolic in nature’s playground and get our feet (and possibly backsides) wet.  Please bring with you a lunch, water bottle, appropriate shoes to wear in the tidepools and a couple layers for warmth.  If you plan to attend please email Bonnie ( with “ haliotis cracherodii “ in the subject line.

Continuing Education

Delicate Juggling of Glass, March 14, 6:30pm

Come out to Cabrillo for a pleasant evening of good people and grinds.  This is an opportunity for you to get refreshed to lighthouse information and get ready for open tower.  We will have folks from the U.S. Lighthouse Society Board sharing their expertise on little cute buildings by the sea.  Also they will have a wonderful slideshow presentation showing the lens removal from Coast Guard lighthouse and installation into the AKQ.  If you would like to attend this event send RSVP to me with “Pauline Butler“ in the subject line.

Hat Trick: Open Tower, March 22

Although a small wattage bulb pulses through the lens today, the last time Point Loma Light officially shone its beacon to the salty folk below was March 22nd 1891.  We are proud to announce a third date for the public to breathe in the view and say they made it out onto the gallery.  Join us for this festive day and help bring the lighthouse stories alive.  Shifts are up on volgistics and you can sing up if you have ‘Special Events’ under your assignments.  If you want to help and do not have that option, please let me know and I can assign you the special events calendar.

O Dark Thirty, April 22nd 5:30am

We have another opportunity to wake up early and haul trash out of the tidepools.  If you would like to enjoy the park early morning, be at peace and be a trash egret on the hunt please email me with “Boyan Slat” in the subject line.

Volunteer Dinner May 16th 2015, 6:00pm

May is a good month to enjoy and nourish ourselves.  Mark your calendars. The venue is probably going to be at Cabrillo and I will let you know if that changes.  RSVP to me with “Ranunculi“in the subject line.

Volgistics and You

A friendly reminder to make sure you are accurate and current with your VIP hours and that you have the correct and current emergency contact information on your volunteer profile.  Also, having difficulty deciphering my Volgistic emails?  I recommend you subscribe to the VIPVoice to get direct alerts to when I post something new.

Stop for flowers,


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