Doug's Mountain Journal - Winter 2017

Doug's Mountain Journal - Winter 2017

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.

Rains Bring Winter "Wonders"

Rains Bring Winter "Wonders"

While waiting for Spring to bring flowers to vascular native plants, David and Doug found themselves distracted by fungus (mushrooms) and other eucaryotic organisms that are NEITHER plant nor animal!  Fairy Fingers?  Witch's Butter? Clever names for very strange looking multicellular organisms.

Miniature Manzanita - endemic to the Mountain

Miniature Manzanita - endemic to 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.

A New Logo for San Bruno Mountain Watch!

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…

It's Seed Season

It's Seed Season

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.

Shadows, Flowers and Saviors

Shadows, Flowers and Saviors

Is there such a thing as a perfect refuge? San Bruno Mountain is a wonderful refuge, but those who might claim it as a perfect one don’t understand it very well. Ariel Cherbowsky, our Stewardship Coordinator, reflects on the state of the Mountain and the constant and ongoing battle to preserve this wonderful, but conflicted, refuge. Join him in his stewardship efforts to save the Mountain.