Poster title Creature Feature with Gray Whale poking its head out of the water

The Six Best Places in the World for Whale Watching

Whale watching as an organized activity began in 1950 when the Cabrillo National Monument in San Diego was declared a public place for gray whale watching. Since then, thousands of tourists have come to this American city to enjoy the spectacle offered by various types of whales, such as blue whales, humpback whales, minke whales, and orcas. In fact, due to the diversity of species … Continue reading The Six Best Places in the World for Whale Watching

California Sunflower

The Early VIP Gets the Plant

Thank you VIPs Greg, Dave, Gene and Rise for helping with the Monument planting event last week. They installed 54 plants around the base of the statue. So far, there are no rodent causalities to report! They couldn’t have hoped for better post-planting weather with thunderstorms Tuesday night and drizzly overcast days the following few days. The next early bird planting session will be happening on Tuesday … Continue reading The Early VIP Gets the Plant

A woman in a blue shirt kneels down in a vegetable garden. The blue ocean is in the distance.

Kitchen Garden, VIPs and Bees, Oh My!

A recent article in the San Diego Union Tribune showcased the Kitchen Garden at Cabrillo. It also indirectly featured VIP Pam (pictured above), tending to the garden. The article is below along with a few photos from VIP Mary of some bees and birds in the garden. Enjoy! Garden Mastery: Harvest some enjoyment with your own kitchen garden (From the San Diego Union Tribune – … Continue reading Kitchen Garden, VIPs and Bees, Oh My!

A plant in a clay pot sits on a table outside.

Have You Seen Me Along the Coastal Trail?

A few months ago non-native plant bulbs were spread along the Coastal Trail by visitors. While hopefully all of them were collected, there may have been a few that escaped detection. Staff have been growing a few of the bulbs in the greenhouse to see what they are. These photos show one of these bulbs after it has sprouted. You can help out the staff … Continue reading Have You Seen Me Along the Coastal Trail?

National Public Lands Day 2022

Last Saturday was National Public Lands Day and Cabrillo hosted an activity table for Junior Rangers. We want to give a special shoutout to VIP Mary for using her art skills to help out. She painted a tree for Cabrillo that allowed Junior Rangers and their families to fingerpaint their “promise leaves” onto it. Thank you, Mary! It was a busy day due to also … Continue reading National Public Lands Day 2022

Sun setting against an orange sky over the ocean

Coastal Visitation Patterns at Cabrillo National Monument

Cabrillo National Monument (San Diego, CA, USA) is a pint-sized unit of the National Park System (0.65 terrestrial km2) that attracts an average of 850,720 visitors annually (IRMA, SRSS Reports, mean visitation 2011–2020). The coastal area of the park contains well-preserved and sensitive natural resources, including sea cliffs, maritime sage scrub, and rocky intertidal habitat. Understanding small-scale visitor use patterns to this area can guide … Continue reading Coastal Visitation Patterns at Cabrillo National Monument