If you've been around the nursery or field restoration sites this fall, you've probably already met our new interns, Shirley Young and Martin Alexander.
Frustration: not being able to find and document a plant that supposedly exists on the Mountain. Finally locating it is sometimes just good luck - and often it’s with a little help from friends. Doug Allshouse continues his search to document the flora and fauna of the Mountain.
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.
David Nelson and Doug Allshouse have taken a couple of months to confirm their finding before putting out the word. Another species thought lost to the mountain - the Artist's Popcorn Flower - has been found!
You may not want them digging around in your lawn, but the California vole is an important part of the local ecology. During a stewardship outing on the Mountain's south slopes, Mary-Beth observes the effects of these small rodents, often referred to as meadow mice.