Winter is Doug’s second favorite season ~ it’s the season of renewal, a celebration of the birth and rebirth of our native plant species. So many perennial species are waking up from their dormancy and the annuals are beginning to germinate - the first signs of Spring are in our Winter !
In his Mountain Journal for Summer 2018, Doug addresses the importance of our fog - and reminds us that this source of moisture is a critical factor for our coastal flora. As we endure our typical summer of fog, it’s a good time to remember that many plants on San Bruno Mountain depend on this summer regime for survival.
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.