Join Liam O'Brien and Loretta and Chuck for Spring on Sign Hill in South San Francisco.
This will be a leisurely walk where there should still be plenty of wildflowers - like Silver Bush Lupine, host plant for the endangered Mission Blue Butterfly, fields of California Poppies, and perhaps Coastal Larkspur with its electric blue blooms. This is a beautiful open space that is only partially protected as South San Francisco's Sign Hill Park. Most of it is still on private, undeveloped property, so come see why these 47 acres should in all rights be put into the public domain. If there is rain or wind, this walk may be delayed until April 24th, if any last minute questions, contact Chuck or Loretta at Chuckheimstadt@yahoo.com or 650 952 6174.
We will be walking on uneven ground and steep trails, so wear sturdy footwear, long pants and bring water. Meet at the west entrance to Sign Hill Park in South San Francisco. At this entrance there is a small parking lot andstreet parking. From 101, take Oyster Point exit, drive west on Hillside Blvd., turning left at the light on Stonegate, which turns into Ridgeway Ct., at the end of Ridgeview Court and Carnelian Road in South San Francisco is the small parking lot where we will meet. If you are on 280, take Westborough which turns into Chestnut, when it T's, turn right and then right again at Stonegate and the parking is at the top of the hill.
Chuck and Loretta are native plant officionados and live on Sign Hill.
Liam O'Brien was working in ACT's production of Angels in America in the late 1990s when a tiger swallowtail flew into his yard. He surveyed every inch of San Francisco County to see what in fact remained of breeding butterfly species. Painting and illustration have replaced his passion for acting, and his interpretive nature signs can be seen throughout the city on many SF Recreation & Park trails. The book, The Butterflies of the Presidio, written by Matthew Zlatunich and illustrated by Liam O'Brien, was published by the Presidio Trust in the fall of 2012, and now is producing the information signs for the newly restored Mountain Lake. He is the recipient of Bay Nature's 2014 Environmental Education award.