Did You Know…California Gnatcatcher is Back!

California Gnatcatcher
California Gnatcatcher, by Warren Tam

It has now been over 100 years since the California gnatcatcher (Polioptila californica) has made Cabrillo National Monument its home, with the last record of nesting occurring in 1915. It is not clear why they have been absent for so long, but this year, they are back and here to stay. In the spring of 2015, calls from a family of California gnatcatchers were heard and shortly after, a nest was found by a wildlife biologist.

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