A visit to Owl Canyon guarantees surprises as you find in David and Doug's most recent rare plant alert. So keep your eyes out, there are always new species to be found, even on our old friend, San Bruno Mountain. Remember to share your finds with David and Doug who search the Mountain every weekend for new finds.
All of the rain this season meant showy displays of local flora to be enjoyed this Spring. Doug enjoyed them all in his wanderings - owl's clover, goldfields, johnnie tuck and clarkia. Birds also enjoyed the abundance - and Spring arrivals like Swainson's Thrush and Wilson's Warbler could be heard singing. And there is an exciting butterfly story - the reintroduction of the extirpated Bay Checkerspot butterfly to the Mountain by Dr. Stu Weiss of Creekside Science.
We were treated to a Winter with water - and lots of it! - a novel concept for the last several years. Storm after storm, dropping inches of rain, created waterfalls in Owl Canyon and seasonal wetlands not seen in ages. Doug spent this last Winter enjoying all the Mountain had to offer - rain or shine - often with his fellow botanist David Nelson. Together they've made several interesting discoveries on the mountain.
Yes! David and Doug are still combing San Bruno Mountain every Saturday, weather permitting, to document all plant life on the Mountain. This massive undertaking is for their upcoming book on the natural history of the Mountain. David said they have completed the text portion and are now working on the photographs which need to be optimized for the book - a lengthy and time-consuming project.
San Bruno Mountain Watch has a new logo! We are most thankful to Barry Deutsch, a fantastic graphic designer who donated his services to San Bruno Mountain Watch. About Barry:
Born in Brooklyn midway into the last century - he studied and practiced graphic design in NYC and then saw a light and came West in the 60'seventually partnering with an industrial designer creating the firm Steinhilber+Deutsch in the late 1970's. There he created Logos, Packaging and Exhibits for many companies such as Electronic Arts, Esprit, Atari and JBL. In 1995 he and Lori Wynn founded Deutsch Design Works, a package design and branding group working for National and International companies such as Anheuser-Busch, Campbell's, Annie's, Suntory and Sprint.
Living on SF's Potrero Hill with his wife Barbara - an eccentric spirit who became a well-known Bay Area amateur lepidopterist and gardener - he discovered there existed a "natural world" and started to guide his graphic design efforts toward working with environmental, ecologic and socially beneficial Non-Profit organizations i.e.; Turtle Island Restoration Network, Point Reyes National Seashore Association, Kids In Parks, Nature in the City, Environmental Action Committee of West Marin, Ceres Community Project and ultimately The River Otter Ecology Project. The rest is unwritten history…
The Mission Blue Nursery's seed inventory? - well, it's important! Seeds are the primary source of the majority of stock used for restoration plantings. Ildiko, our Nursery Manager, shares her process - it involves hours of hiking plus knowing where and when to search for choice seed stock. And what is a seed? Ildiko invokes her primal sense of plants and seeds - from a time when plant knowledge meant survival.