How did this Winter compare with last year's? No comparison it seems water-wise! But as usual, the Mountain starts putting on its visual display in early Winter.
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.