Cabrillo Field Notes – Sonoran bumblebee

One can usually spot a bumblebee when they see one because of their large size. One of the largest of the Bombus species in San Diego County is the Sonoran bumblebee (Bombus sonorous). This species is unlike other bumblebee species in that it is active in the late summer and fall, as opposed to being active in the spring. Read more… Continue reading Cabrillo Field Notes – Sonoran bumblebee

Cabrillo Field Notes – The Bloomin’ Broom

One of the amazing things about the Coastal Sage Scrub plant community out at Cabrillo National Monument is the ever-changing species that are in bloom. Each of these species has a specific phenology, or specific seasonal changes that occur that occur in plants from year to year–such as flowering–especially their timing and relationship with weather and climate. Such is the case for the Coyote Brush (Baccharis pilularis) and … Continue reading Cabrillo Field Notes – The Bloomin’ Broom

Cabrillo Field Notes – Albinism versus Leucism: In the Wild and at Our Parks

This field note was written by one of three new Conservation and Environmental Stewardship Apprenctices: Felix is 14 yr. old. This is her first field note. Summer is one of three ambassador snakes here at Cabrillo National Monument. Our ambassador snakes’ goal is to help educate visitors about local snake species and to help erase harmful misconceptions about local snakes. Read more… Continue reading Cabrillo Field Notes – Albinism versus Leucism: In the Wild and at Our Parks

Cabrillo Field Notes – Femmes In STEM

For the past three summers, Cabrillo National Monument, in partnership with the Cabrillo National Monument Foundation (CNMF), has held a park-wide favorite – EcoLogik! For one week of the year, young scientists-in-training (girls ages 9-16) join science educators to explore, learn, and connect with the park in a tangible way. This free STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) summer camp introduces its campers to the … Continue reading Cabrillo Field Notes – Femmes In STEM

Cabrillo Field Notes – Popular Arts with Your National Parks: Comic-Con Edition

Cabrillo National Monument is at it again – they’re bringing the parks to the people with an outreach initiative that represented at San Diego Comic-Con! But how do the National Parks fit into one of the world’s largest popular arts festival? Read on to find out! It’s the biggest convention of its kind in North America, and the largest happening in San Diego every year. … Continue reading Cabrillo Field Notes – Popular Arts with Your National Parks: Comic-Con Edition

Cabrillo Field Notes – Three Summer Blooms

As we move into the summer months and the drought deciduous plants of spring begin to go dormant, the summer blooms arrive to add their splash of color to Cabrillo National Monument. Clustered Tarweed (Deinandra fasciculate), California Flattop Buckwheat (Eriogonum fasciculatum), and Tall Stephanomeria (Stepanomeria virgate ssp. Pleurocarpa) are currently in bloom at our park. With the yellow, pink and white, and lavender colors respectively, … Continue reading Cabrillo Field Notes – Three Summer Blooms