Cabrillo VIP Elibrary

A collection of videos for continuing education.

Naturally Speaking Series (sponsored by the Cabrillo National Monument Foundation-CNMF)


Flying Machines – Avian Adaptations for Flight – Biologist and science educator Sam Wynns is nerdy for birds. From their beautiful feathers, melodic songs, and silly dances she appreciates all things avian, but one amazing characteristic stands above all – their ability to fly. Join Sam as she explores avian adaptations for flight in this interactive, family friendly Naturally Speaking science talk.

What is Environmental History and What Can it Teach Us? – Join Ranger Cyrus Forman is an environmental historian, which means he investigates the past, present, and future of our ecosystems and the environmental movements that protect them. Join him for a live, virtual talk to learn about this fascinating topic and his work in the field. 

The Great Migration – Gray Whales from Alaska to Baja – Join marine biologist Sarah Taber as she discusses Gray Whales, and what one might expect to see as they migrate through San Diego on their way to and from their breeding/calving lagoons.


Should I Stay or Should I Go: Range Shifts in the Tidepools – Join Anthony Truong, Ecologist at Cabrillo, for a presentation on species shifting their ranges as a response to climate change.

Building San Salvador –  Join Dr. Ray Ashley, President of the Maritime Museum of San Diego, for a presentation on the monumental undertaking of building a 16th century sailing vessel.

You are a Scientist: Exploration & Discovery with Community Science

Join vegetation technician and community science advocate Patricia Simpson as she introduces you to crowdsourcing for science, and learn about some amazing discoveries made by people like you.

Coastal Fog – A Lifeline for Native Plants

Join environmental scientist Taro Katayama and geoscientist Brent Wilder to learn more about the connection between plants and fog.


Agaves and Bats: A Plant-Pollinator Love Story 

Dr. Kristen Lear, bat conservationist,  spoke on agave plants and the bats that pollinate them.

Diversity, natural history, and conservation of San Diego’s Native Bees 

Dr. James Hung discussed San Diego’s 700+ species of native bees, including a rare find right here at the monument!

North American Rocky Intertidal Zones 

Stephen Whitaker, a Marine Ecologist for the U.S. National Park Service at Channel Islands National Park

Conservation of the Smaller Majority 

Paige Howorth – Curator of Entomology at the San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance

Successful Pollination 

Factors that Influence the Plants and Pollinators of Coastal Southern and Baja California – Dr. Sula Vanderplank – botanist and conservationist

CABR Talks

What Is the NPS App? (2021-05-26)

CABR Talks – Tutorial on how to use the NPS App given by Cabrillo Park Staff.

CABR Talks – Black Abalone Habitat in Southern California (2021-06-29)

Dr. Henry and her students from University of California Irvine discuss their recent study of black abalone habitat in southern California. This is a great opportunity to learn more about the presence of abalone in the intertidal.

TPERP Conference Talks


Shorebirds of Cabrillo

VIP Pam discusses Shorebird Monitoring at Cabrillo National Monument.

Thermal Ecology of Crabs

Sonya Timko, Ph.D. Student in Marine Biology at Scripps Institution of Oceanography discusses Thermal Ecology of Crabs.

Natural Resources Decision Making at Cabrillo National Monument

Ranger Lauren Pandori discusses the Decision Making process in Natural Resources.

Tidepool Safety: You and the Visitor

Ranger Brie discusses safety at the tidepools at Cabrillo National Monument.

Photography – A Perspective on Parks

Ranger Carmen discusses her journey with photography.

Kelp in Everyday Products

VIP Mary discusses some of the many uses of Kelp in everyday household products.


30 Years of Intertidal Monitoring at Cabrillo National Monument

Dr. Lauren Pandori, NPS Marine Biologist and Lauren Strope, SDSU MS Student discuss 30 years of Intertidal Monitoring at Cabrillo National Monument at the 2021 TPERP Conference.

Outreach Tools Reduce Deleterious Visitor Activities in Marine Protected Areas

Outreach Tools Reduce Deleterious Visitor Activities in Marine Protected Areas, presented by Parth Jhaveri, MS Project Scientist/Biologist at ERM (Environmental Resources Management) at the 2021 TPERP Conference held at Cabrillo National Monument.

Underfoot in Cabrillo National Monument

Underfoot in Cabrillo National Monument by Stephen Schellenberg, SDSU Professor of Geological Sciences, presented at the 2021 TPERP Conference at Cabrillo National Monument.

pH-ingerprinting the Intertidal

pH-ingerprinting the Intertidal: Shifts in Community Composition Affect Local Environmental Conditions, presented by Dr. Nyssa Silbiger, CSUN Professor of Biology, at the 2021 TPERP Conference at Cabrillo National Monument.

Seaweed Diversity in Southern California Tide Pools

Seaweed Diversity in Southern California Tide Pools presented by Dr. Laura Elsberry, CSUF Part-time faculty at the 2021 TPERP Conference at Cabrillo National Monument.


Cabrillo  1996 Initial TPERP Training –  Gary Evans

This was part of the first Tidepool Protection, Education and Restoration Program (TPERP) training at Cabrillo National Monument in 1996. This was also the start of the TPERP program. It was the fall of 1996, Mary Beth Varga was the VIP Coordinator, Mark Long, in LE, was the sort of TPEPP Coordinator.

American Cetacean Society

American Cetacean Society – San Diego Chapter speaker series

Santa Monica Fund (SAMO)

Volunteer Videos (Lots of videos made during the Covid Pandemic)

San Diego Natural History Museum

San Diego Natural History Museum

The San Diego Natural History History Museum is the second oldest scientific institution in California and third oldest west of the Mississippi. The Nat seeks to interpret the natural world through research, education and exhibits, to promote understanding of the evolution and diversity of southern California and the peninsula of Baja California, and to inspire in all a respect for nature and the environment. Welcome to our Channel. Stay curious, enjoy, and always ask questions

The State of Biodiversity 2022 ft. Chris Schell, Ph.D – YouTube
Jump to the start of Dr. Chris Schell’s talk: 06:30 Which features of a city impact animal persistence and evolution? How do economic and social differences across our neighborhoods impact urban biodiversity? And why are coyotes an excellent species model to address these questions?

Nat Talk: e’Muht Mohay – Love of the Land – YouTube
In this talk, Michael Connolly Miskwish will discuss the Kumeyaay relationship with the land and the ecological relationship of traditional Kumeyaay practices. Topics will include traditional agriculture, fire science, hydrological enhancement, and materials science.

Bay Nature Talks

Bay Nature Talks
This is a good source of nature zoom lectures. It is of course based in San Francisco area but 98% of the info does apply to Southern Ca too. You can pick & choose of what personally interests you.

Last revised 25-May-23