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Did You Know – What’s the Difference Between a Hurricane, Typhoon and a Cyclone?

Since we are in the middle of Hurricane season we thought we share this tidbit. The only difference between a hurricane and a typhoon is the location where the storm occurs. Hurricanes and typhoons are the same weather phenomenon: tropical cyclones.  A tropical cyclone is a generic term used by meteorologists to describe a rotating, organized system of clouds and thunderstorms that originates over tropical or subtropical waters and … Continue reading Did You Know – What’s the Difference Between a Hurricane, Typhoon and a Cyclone?

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Did You Know – Laws and Policies

Did you know that you could read the laws and policies that pertain to Cabrillo National Monument? These are all in the Superintendent’s Compendium and is available on the Cabrillo website. This is the document that guides everyone’s actions at the park. This compendium is updated when necessary. As you can see from the graphic above, the latest version is from May 2020. Changes needed … Continue reading Did You Know – Laws and Policies

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Did You Know – The Kumeyaay Garden

The Kumeyaay were adept at creating tools and other goods from their natural surroundings. They excelled in the production of fine coiled baskets made from agave, deer grass and sumac. The fiber of the yucca plant was woven into rope, and sandals were made for their feet. The Kumeyaay formed and fired ceramic clay pots using the natural materials found here on the coast and … Continue reading Did You Know – The Kumeyaay Garden

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Did You Know – Ebinder and Sources of Information

The latest version of the Ebinder Reference Manual is now available. You can find it under the Reference page. Speaking of reference material, do you know the 3 most valuable sources of information about our park that are not only easily accessible but fun too?   1.  Your favorite Rangers and other VIPs: they know history, names of plants and animals, upcoming events, and even fun and not … Continue reading Did You Know – Ebinder and Sources of Information

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Did You Know – Mojave Yucca

By Interdisciplinary Apprentice Ryan Sullivan One of the many drought-tolerant and evergreen plants populating Cabrillo National Monument, the Mojave yucca is a plant many visitors may not notice. However, not only is it beautiful, it has plenty of uses! Sources:  Information sourced from the Fire Effects Information System database maintained by the US Forest service. Continue reading Did You Know – Mojave Yucca

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Did You Know – Octopus Tidbits

Octopuses, squid and other cephalopods are colorblind – their eyes see only black and white – but their weirdly shaped pupils may allow them to detect color and mimic the colors of their background, according to a father/son team of researchers from the University of California, Berkeley, and Harvard University. Read more… Here’s a link to another interesting article talking about the brain of an … Continue reading Did You Know – Octopus Tidbits