Equipment used for science field work on a green background. Equipment includes an NPS Ranger shirt, hat, sunglasses, boot, binoculars, radio, field guides and knife.

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

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