Archive for the ‘Conservation’ Category

Marine Mammal Stranding

May 3, 2017

Spring is breeding season for much of Crystal Cove’s wildlife, and every inch of the park is bursting with new life. If you come to the park you can spot tiny house finch chicks chirping from their nests, fluffy desert cottontails hopping across the trails, and maybe even a gray whale cow and calf hugging […]

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Earth Day was a SUCCESS!

May 3, 2017

April 22nd was Earth Day and along with 40 other state parks across California we received a grant from the California State Parks Foundation to complete overdue environmental improvement projects and facility maintenance.  This year we were awarded $4,000 which was spent (practically to the penny) on plants, both native and ornamental for the 12-acre […]

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Empowering the Next Generation of Citizen Scientists

May 3, 2017

“Learning out of a textbook is one thing, but the opportunity to experience the real-world application of such knowledge is invaluable during high school.” -Delaney, High School student Over the past five years, the fishing vessel Western Pride has become a familiar sight as it anchors just offshore from the Crystal Cove Historic District. But […]

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Preserving the Past by Educating the Future

Apr 1, 2017

Crystal Cove Historic District holds a special place in the hearts of its visitors.  Whether it be a marriage proposal, a first visit to the beach, a magical sunset, or a cherished memory; it is a special setting, a vessel to another time.  Soon, even more underserved students from around Southern California will have the […]

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Partners in Restoration

Mar 1, 2017

Parks present learning opportunities for students and researchers alike.  Through citizen science, these two groups can work together to learn more about how Crystal Cove’s environment works and how we can help to preserve it.  This spring, 5th grade students will help University of California, Irvine researchers and State Park land managers investigate these questions […]

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Students Dolphinitely find their Porpoise!

Jan 1, 2017

Avid whale watchers in Orange County usually spend December on the lookout for the first gray whales of the season as they start to pass right by our shores on their annual migration from Alaska to Baja. This year however, some unexpected guests have been stealing the show: orcas! A rare sight in Southern California […]

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Between the Tides

Dec 1, 2016

Tide pool organisms live in two separate worlds, never wholly belonging to either.  Between the crashing waves, they have adapted to live both under the tide and exposed on the rocks.  These unique circumstances have shaped fascinating creatures, products of their ever-demanding environment.  At first glance, the shore may appear to be a rocky wasteland, […]

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Every Day is a Birdiful Day at the Cove

Nov 1, 2016

Fall has returned, bringing many migratory animals back to Crystal Cove.  Recent visitors may have noticed the elegant monarchs and the ever cheerful white crowned sparrows, welcoming guests to the park.  Each fall these temporary residents breathe new life into the park, augmenting the already splendid array of biological diversity.  Among the new additions, perhaps […]

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Rescued From The Sea — The Soda Shack: Cottage #45

Nov 1, 2016

One of the most iconic and beloved images of Crystal Cove is a color postcard from the 1930s that captures an idealized version of the seaside colony, complete with vintage automobiles and palm-frond covered cottages. Nestled right in the middle of the glowing beach scene is a tiny white one-story cottage with red trim: The […]

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