Dixon Lanier Merritt wrote a great limerick regarding our fine feathered friend in 1910: “Oh, a wondrous bird is the pelican! His bill holds more than his belican. He can take in his beak Enough food for a week. But I’m darned if I know how the helican.” In this field note we discuss the Brown Pelican, the uses of its gular pouch, its diet, … Continue reading Cabrillo Field Notes – Excuse Me, What Do You Keep in Your Gular Pouch?
Conservation and Environmental Stewardship Apprentice Felix Asadi At Cabrillo National Monument, our volunteers do a lot of good for our park. You might see them assisting visitors, leading snake talks or Science Explorer’s Club booths in the breezeway, or giving tours of our park’s exhibits. Our greenhouse volunteers are a team that helps restore the plants at Cabrillo. Read more… Continue reading Cabrillo Field Notes – What Do Greenhouse Volunteers Do at Cabrillo National Monument?
If you’ve ever met Cabrillo National Monument scientist Samantha Wynns, then you know that she is a super geek for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math). She’s so into STEM, in fact, that she’s been nationally recognized by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). Read on to hear how Sam’s AAAS year-long Ambassadorship is supporting scientists, students, and the mission of the … Continue reading Cabrillo Field Notes – IF We Empower a Woman in STEM, THEN She Can Change the World
This field note was written by Conservation & Environmental Stewardship Apprentice Violette Anghel who is 12 years old. Great job Violette! Get to know your friendly neighborhood spittlebugs! In this field note, we discuss their life cycle, where, how, and why they create their foam houses and the reasoning behind their strange nicknames. Read more… Continue reading Cabrillo Field Notes – Cuckoo-Spit Spittlebug Froghoppers
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
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