Zoë SchlangerNew York Times For more than a century, the core mission of the National Park Service has been preserving the natural heritage of the United States. But now, as the planet warms, transforming ecosystems, the agency is conceding that its traditional goal of absolute conservation is no longer viable in many cases. Late last month the service published an 80-page document that lays out new … Continue reading What to Save? Climate Change Forces Brutal Choices at National Parks.
April 26-27 – 24 hours starting at 5pm A BioBlitz is a concentrated effort to discover and document as many species of plants, animals, and other organisms in a certain period. This helps map the biodiversity of a given area and can be used as a tool to measure impacts and changes over time. This “snapshot” of biodiversity is a great way to connect the … Continue reading BioBlitz 2019 is Coming!
This event was canceled on 23 January 2017. Join Dorothy Horn at 6 p.m., Tuesday, 24 January, in the Cabrillo auditorium for her lecture, Pervasive plastics: A new challenge for crabs and our sandy beach ecosystems as part of the Cabrillo National Monument continuing education lecture series 2017. Learn more about Dorothy Horn here: pervasive-plastics-2-1 Continue reading CANCELED: Continuing Education Lecture Series: Pervasive Plastics
The NPS Climate Change Response Program and the University of Washington are pleased to invite graduate and upper-level graduate students and recent graduates to apply to the 2017 Young Leaders in Climate Change (YLCC) Initiative! The YLCC is a paid summer internship to work on diverse issues related to climate change and its effects in national parks. Please distribute to interested parties, with special attention to … Continue reading 2017 Young Leaders in Climate Change (YLCC) Initiative
Here’s an interesting video from UC Berkeley that highlights the relationship being built between scientists and the NPS to better understand what’s happening in the world around us by conducting research in our national parks. Continue reading Science for Parks, Parks for Science
With the Bayside Trail slated to reopen to the public this Saturday, barring any last-minute delays, here’s a refresher taken from the Cabrillo Reference Manual on all that it has to offer our guests.
On the southeast side of the park, the trail follows an old military road winding down from the top of the park toward San Diego Bay. On a clear day you can see the mountains of Mexico to the south, the Laguna mountains to the east behind the San Diego skyline, North Island Naval Air Station, and the Coronado Bridge. The 2.5 mile roundtrip is easily done by kids and adults of all hiking abilities. But even though it’s relatively short, the uphill return gives a good workout with an approximately 340-foot elevation gain that could be challenging for hikers with respiratoty or heart problems. Benches and stopping points provide perfect places to take in one of the most beautiful views in the county while you catch your breath. Hiking time is estimated at 1 to 2 hours, though you are likely to encounter many repeat local visitors using it as part of their weekly workout (think ½ hour round-trip). There are no restrooms or water along this trail, so hikers are asked to bring water with them, especially in the warm summer months. There is also no access to the beach at any point on the trail, and pets and bikes are not allowed. As in any natural area, there are environmental hazards to watch out for, including toxic plants and animals and fragile cliff faces. The downhill portion of the trail ends overlooking Ballast Point where nuclear-powered submarines are now docked in the same place Cabrillo’s ships anchored after three months at sea in 1542. Cabrillo’s statue looms on the bluff about 300 feet above you. You’re at the half-way point. Continue reading “Continuing Education: Bayside Trail”