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Did You Know – What’s the Difference Between a Hurricane, Typhoon and a Cyclone?

Since we are in the middle of Hurricane season we thought we share this tidbit. The only difference between a hurricane and a typhoon is the location where the storm occurs. Hurricanes and typhoons are the same weather phenomenon: tropical cyclones.  A tropical cyclone is a generic term used by meteorologists to describe a rotating, organized system of clouds and thunderstorms that originates over tropical or subtropical waters and … Continue reading Did You Know – What’s the Difference Between a Hurricane, Typhoon and a Cyclone?

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Did You Know – National Parks Facts

The nation’s newest National Park, the New River Gorge National Park & Preserve in West Virginia, was upgraded from a National River in 2021. https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/new-river-gorge-west-virginia-newest-national-park/index.html That brings the current total of National Parks to 63 and 423 National Park Units and counting. You can see a list at: https://parksexpert.com/all-us-national-parks-list/ The only state without a National Park Unit is Delaware. The Great Smoky Mountains is the most … Continue reading Did You Know – National Parks Facts

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Did You Know – Facts About Gray Whales

The only member of the family Eschrichtiidae, the gray whale is a mysticete, or baleen whale. It is a “coastal” whale that migrates along the North American Pacific Coast between arctic seas and the lagoons of Baja California, Mexico. Frequently visible from shore, gray whales provide a unique opportunity for land and boat observation, and commercial whale watching has become a major industry along its … Continue reading Did You Know – Facts About Gray Whales

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Did You Know – The Kumeyaay Garden

The Kumeyaay were adept at creating tools and other goods from their natural surroundings. They excelled in the production of fine coiled baskets made from agave, deer grass and sumac. The fiber of the yucca plant was woven into rope, and sandals were made for their feet. The Kumeyaay formed and fired ceramic clay pots using the natural materials found here on the coast and … Continue reading Did You Know – The Kumeyaay Garden

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Did You Know – Ebinder and Sources of Information

The latest version of the Ebinder Reference Manual is now available. You can find it under the Reference page. Speaking of reference material, do you know the 3 most valuable sources of information about our park that are not only easily accessible but fun too?   1.  Your favorite Rangers and other VIPs: they know history, names of plants and animals, upcoming events, and even fun and not … Continue reading Did You Know – Ebinder and Sources of Information

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Did You Know – Mojave Yucca

By Interdisciplinary Apprentice Ryan Sullivan One of the many drought-tolerant and evergreen plants populating Cabrillo National Monument, the Mojave yucca is a plant many visitors may not notice. However, not only is it beautiful, it has plenty of uses! Sources:  Information sourced from the Fire Effects Information System database maintained by the US Forest service. Continue reading Did You Know – Mojave Yucca