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

Cabrillo Field Notes – We Brake for Snakes!

Cabrillo National Monument is home to six different snake species – one of these species, the San Diego Gopher Snake (Pituophis catenifer annectens), is an oft-misidentified and harmless backyard reptile that keeps our ecosystems healthy. Read on to learn more about this slithering species, and why it’s important to break for snakes! Read the rest of the Field Note. Continue reading Cabrillo Field Notes – We Brake for Snakes!

Cabrillo Field Notes – January-May 2019

We are a little behind in updating everyone with the latest Field Notes. You can find the latest ones here. Blooming in the Rain: Cabrillo’s Drought Deciduous Plants Rising To The Top Gentle and Strong – The Pacific Gray Whale March Madness – Outreach Edition Surviving in the Desert It’s That Asteraceae Time Again Hummingbirds: Aerial Acrobats City Nature Challenge at Cabrillo National Monument – … Continue reading Cabrillo Field Notes – January-May 2019

Did You Know – Moths in the Park

Have you started seeing some moths in the Park? This is a good chance to review two Cabrillo Field Note blog posts on the White-Lined Sphinx Moth and the Western Tussock Moth, so that you can help out visitors who ask questions about them. Species Spotlight: White-Lined Sphinx Moth (Hyles lineata) Species Spotlight: Western Tussock Moth (Orgyia vetusta) Continue reading Did You Know – Moths in the Park

Cabrillo Field Notes – December 2018

While the shutdown continues, here are the Cabrillo Field Notes from December, for your viewing pleasure. Hang in there everyone.   Middens, a window into the past? No kiddin’! California Science Education Conference Volunteers Wanted! Rare Sights at the Edge of Land and Sea A Peek Inside the Cabrillo Adventure Traveling Trunk Schoodic Institute’s Citizen Science Workshop A Look Back at 2018 Continue reading Cabrillo Field Notes – December 2018

Cabrillo Field Notes – November 2018

Good afternoon Cabrillo Crew – All of our rain dances finally paid off! I hope you all enjoyed the rain as much as I know our plants did. In other news, tidepool season is in full swing, but some of our terrestrial animals were the themes of the blog this month. We also kicked off our Naturally Speaking Lecture Series this month (thanks, Bonnie). Check … Continue reading Cabrillo Field Notes – November 2018