San Bruno Mountain Conference set for April 19th at the Mission Blue Nursery: Tickets on sale NOW!

South San Francisco, CA   February 21, 2020 Submitted by San Bruno Mountain Watch

Dr. David Nelson is chairing a one-day conference that will highlight some of the scientific work being done on San Bruno Mountain, as well as review its history and its wonderful wildflowers. This exciting event will take place on Saturday April 19th from 9:00am to 4:45pm at the Mission Blue Conference Center, 475 Mission Blue Drive Brisbane, CA 94005.

It is a fundraiser for the California Native Plant Society and a book that Doug Allshouse and Dr. David Nelson are writing about the natural history of the park. It is going to be published by a nonprofit, Heyday Books, and all profits will benefit CNPS and Mountain Watch. To learn more CLICK HERE

Please sign-up today as this is expected to be a sell-out!


San Mateo County Parks, Golden Hour Restoration Institute, San Bruno Mountain Watch,
the San Mateo County Parks Foundation, the South San Franciso Parks & Recreation Department, and the City of Brisbane

San Bruno Mountain is recognized as a global biological hotspot, with six plants that grow on the Mountain and nowhere else on earth. The morning session will be devoted to presentations of scientific research done on the Mountain, including our endemic manzanitas, endangered butterflies, and rare and endangered plants. The afternoon session will feature presentations of interest to the general hiking public, including an overview of the wildflowers commonly seen in the spring; an introduction to manzanitas, one of the iconic California plants; and a survey of the rare plants, as well as the recently re-discovered flowers that had been thought to be lost. The San Mateo County Natural Resource Manager will speak about the Habitat Conservation Plan (HCP) that preserved the Mountain. There will also be presentations by other experts on the political history that brought the HCP into being. There will be a signup for hikes on the Mountain led by experts scheduled for the following two weekends, April 25 & 26 & May 2 & 3.

$25 Admission, as a fundraiser for the book, The Natural History of the San Bruno Mountains


San Bruno Mountain Conference Program

9:00 AM  – 9:05 AM     David Nelson              Introduction
9:05 AM  – 9:10 AM     Supervisor Canepa      Welcome
9:15 AM  – 9:40 AM     Sam Herzberg             The Creation of the Habitat Conservation Plan & San Bruno Mountain Park
9:45 AM  – 10:05 AM   Tom Parker                 Recent or Ancient? Bearberry (Arctostaphylos uva-ursi) Begins to Bear Insight
10:10 AM –10:30 AM   Mike Vasey                The Mystery and History of Coastal Endemics in Manzanitas (Arctostaphylos species)

10:30 AM – 10:45 AM  Break

10:45 AM – 11:05 AM  Lech Naumovich         Habitat Conservation: Success and Succession of Native Grasslands
11:10 AM – 11:30 AM  Stu Weiss                    Blues, Silverspots, Efins, and Checkerspots – Status and Prospects for San Bruno Mountain Butterflies
11:35 AM – 11:50 AM  Hannah Ormshaw        Rare and Endangered Species of SBM
11:55 AM – 12:10 PM   David Nelson              Conservation of Silene verecunda

12:10 PM – 1:10 PM      Lunch at the MoBowl (pronounced mobile) Foodtruck

12:30 PM – 1:00 PM                                          Mary Harden: Botanical Illustration
David Schooley: Reading of San Bruno Mountain Poems

1:10 PM – 1:25 PM       David Nelson               History of San Bruno Mountain: The Beginning
1:30 PM – 1:45 PM       Ariel Cherbowsky       The Key Moments of the Movement to Save San Bruno State & County Mountain Park
1:50 PM – 2:15 PM       Lech Naumovich           The Wonderful Flowers You Might See on San Bruno Mountain
2:20 PM – 2:50 PM      Tom Parker                   Mystification or Mayhem: The Awkwardness of San Bruno Mountain Manzanitas

2:50 PM – 3:05 PM       Break

3:05 PM – 3:20 PM       David Nelson               Climate and Soil: Why SBM is Unique
3:25 PM – 3:45 PM       Doug Alshouse            Doug’s Mountain Journal: Observations on Natural History
3:50 PM – 4:05 PM       Hannah Ormshaw        Volunteering with San Mateo County
4:10 PM – 4:20 PM       Ariel Cherbowsky        Community-Based Ecological Restoration on San Bruno Mountain (Mountain Watch)
4:20 PM – 4:30 PM       Emma Lewis                Community-Based Ecological Restoration on Sign Hill (SSF Parks & Rec)
4:35 PM – 4:45 PM       David Nelson               Overview of Hikes, Closing Comments


Margo Bors and the Mary Harden School of Botanical Illustration will have displays of their San Bruno Mountain art in the courtyard. There will be display tables for the California Native Plant Society, San Bruno Mountain Watch, Golden Hour Restoration, and San Mateo County Parks.

There will be signups for the hikes on April 25 & 26, and May 2 & 3.


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