Small crow sized brown bird with black feathers stands on sandstone.

How Gracie the Grackle Came to Visit the Rocky Intertidal

By Pauline Geisler, TPERP Coordinator Back on September 13th, TPERP Brian and I were closing the tidepool area. That was the day the wind changed direction and brought smoke and ash to the coast. Along with the sooty haze came a brownish bird looking a bit worse for wear.  I was standing at the entrance to the tidepool area telling people that it was 4:30 and … Continue reading How Gracie the Grackle Came to Visit the Rocky Intertidal

A small gray bird perched on top of a branch

Bird Watching – Cabrillo Style

VIP Bob spread his wings and captured these photos at the park the other day. Now for those of you who can’t identify all the birds you see (present company included), Bob has provided the species of the photos he took. I’m hoping I got them associated with the correct photo. Looks like these birds are trying to practice Social Distancing, but we don’t see … Continue reading Bird Watching – Cabrillo Style

A Natural “Island” in the Big City

From the Cabrillo National Monument website, here’s a brief reminder of how special the ecosystem at CNM really is: At the time Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo sailed into San Diego Bay in 1542, a rich diversity of life was present, ranging from desert cactus to moisture-loving algae, tarantulas to sea slugs, and gray foxes to sea lions. Approximately 3,000 Native Americans lived in the San Diego … Continue reading A Natural “Island” in the Big City