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San Bruno Mountain- plant Wildflowers for Butterflies

Imagine The Mission blue butterfly sipping nectar!

Plant Wildflowers for Mountain Butterflies!
Nourish mission blue & callippe silverspot butterflies this Saturday 1/20 or Sunday 1/21 at Owl Canyon!
San Bruno Mountain California.jpgJoin in on the first butterfly plantings of the year! Help plant native wildflowers for the benefit of the endangered mission blue and callippe silverspot butterflies at beautiful Owl Canyon. Rain or shine! Picnic by the gurgling Owl Creek included!

We’ll be there both Saturday and Sunday, 10am to 1pm; come one day or both! Click here to see event details and RSVP!

Hike San Bruno Mountain — Sat July 11

There is lots to do up here! Yes it is windy, but if you come prepared, you’ll love the views of the Bay and SF, the hikes (there are 4) and the ranger talks / walks. There is a wide variety of scenery, and a fairly level walk around the mountain from the parking lot.   This mountain is quite amazing, it is the largest open space district in San Mateo County. The park itself is shared by the county and state.


  1. TAKE A HIKE program Comes to San Bruno Mountain on JULY 11 at 9AM
  2. San Bruno Mountain Watch
  3. BA HIKER – 4 trails on San Bruno Mountain  –Summit, Bog Loop, Saddle Loop and all around.
  4. STATE PARK Information
  5. Read about the endangered species, that calls Twin Peaks and San Bruno Mountain – HOME!
  6. EVENT:   Mission Blue-Berry Pancake Breakfast & Native Plant Sale, Aug9

Adults are $10 and children (12 and under) are $5.
Purchase tickets online or at the door.

Sunday, August 9th
9am to 2pm
Mission Blue Nursery
near 3401 Bayshore Blvd

Our Mission Blue Native Plant Nursery will also be open for plant sales! Plants and pancakes – that’s good!

Take a Hike! San Bruno Mountain

This mountain is a treasure in the midst of our busy SF Bay Area, you’ll want to take a hike on San Bruno Mountain.  The San Bruno Mountain Watch has many hikes open to the public, you’ll learn more about this amazing place. They have a Spring Hike Series, You’ll learn more about the ecology of the area, wildflowers, butterflies and politics. The Mission Blue Butterfly lives up here, feeding on lupines, rare plants and windswept vistas of San Francisco, the bay and the ocean.

There is a local nursery in Brisbane that has plant sales and donates proceeds to Mountain Watch.

for more details look at this related post 

For complete descriptions, dates and times go to www.mountainwatch.org

Send your questions to info@mountainwatch.org

or call 415-467-6631

News of the Mission Blue Butterfly

The endangered Mission Blue butterfly is a local treasure. It lives in only  a few spots in the San Francisco area and on San Bruno Mountain favoring  various “flavors” of lupine for its meals. This butterfly has been at the heart of a long controversy that has affected development and won the hearts of school children.  Here are a few stories of the beloved  Mission Blue Yahoo!!!

The friends of San Bruno Mountain and San Bruno Mountain Watch hold benefits and plant sales at a local nursery for the plants the Mission Blue depends on. And recently, the Wells Fargo team members volunteered to improve the local habitat for the butterfly.  Over one hundred volunteers went to Fort Baker and  learned about this special  butterfly, its local food sources and the overpowering weeds that threaten that habitat. It’s a great story.

Wells Fargo volunteers helped beautify the habitat of an endangered species

CNPS-SCV-NEWS: Native Plant Activities This Weekend —

This is a particularly good time to SEE San Bruno Mountain in all its Glory! The recent rains and warm weather guarantee there will be lots of plant and animal activity!

Sunday, March 16, 10am – 2pm
San Bruno Mountain, (Brisbane)
Join Ken Himes for a hike on the Summit Loop Trail in San Bruno Mountain County Park. We will see plants of the coastal scrub and coastal prairie plant communities, including the San Bruno Mountain Manzanita. The Summit Loop Trail is 3.1 miles long with an elevation gain/loss of 725 feet. Wear layers as windy and cool conditions could occur. Bring lunch and liquids. For more information, call Ken at 650-591-8560. Directions: Take I-280 or Hwy 101 north; if taking Hwy 280, head east on I-380 to Hwy 101 and proceed north to the Old Bayshore/Brisbane exit. Proceed north on Old Bayshore, past the town of Brisbane, until reaching a crest of a small hill. At this point, turn left onto Guadalupe Canyon Pkwy., and proceed uphill to the park entrance (on right). There is a $5.00 parking fee (self-service kiosk). The hike begins at the entrance station parking lot.

Coastal Plant Communities Talk JUNE 2

The California Native Plants Society has talks and discussions about plants at our local libraries. You can see their entire schedule at http://www.cnps-scv.org/
On Thursday June 2 at 7pm the talk will be, “Garden Plants from Coastal Habitats and San Bruno Mountain Field Trip”, at the San Carlos Library. This sounds especially interesting to me. They find experts and professionals to give the talks so each one is informative and interesting.

You can email cnps_scv@yahoo.com or call 650-260-3450 for more information.

Mission Blue – Yahoo!!!

A Mission Blue Butterfly was spotted in SF in the Twin Peaks area on April 27. This butterfly was once plentiful, but due to scarcity of the purple lupines, habitat changes, wasp predation, housing development and other factors, they became endangered.  They depend on 3 species of purple lupine for food and habitat. The adults only live one week. You can see them NOW… if you are lucky. Several agencies are planting lupines and removing invasive species to increase habitat. Take a walk on beautiful San Bruno mountain, you never know you might sight a Mission Blue.


Wild Equity Institute describes the Mission Blue in detail and also discusses the hunt to see one. Their site is very interesting: http://wildequity.org/species/26  There is a MAY DAY event with experts, join the search: http://wildequity.org/entries/3061

Take a look at this beautiful butterfly: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mission_blue_butterfly.

Here is another great explanation with photos: http://www.parksconservancy.org/our-work/site-stewardship-program/species/mission-blue-butterfly.html

Go take a Hike! San Bruno Mountain

San Bruno Mountain AerialSan Bruno Mountain. Big, green and beautiful…. you’ve probably never been there. The great views, empty hiking trails and misty retreats make this one of my favorite spots to clear my head. Located at the Gateway to the Peninsula [Daly City] easy to reach from 101 through Brisbane, near the Cow Palace or from 280 – Mission St. exit and head east toward the Mountain. Get there and enjoy. There are endangered plants and a butterfly in this area,. Picnic tables lawn area, easy parking and big changes in elevation. A jacket and water are recommended!

This mountain is host to several endanjgered species, the Mission Blue butterfly is one of them, it only feasts on lupines, and so its habitat is dwindling with additional development. This little butterfly struggles to survive, being a picky eater and quite small.
*Please bring water, wear shoes or boots with sturdy soles and gripping tread. For more information on San Bruno Mountain, the ecosystem, events and local hikes, check in with the SAN BRUNO MOUNTAIN WATCH.PLEASE NOTE: there is a $6 parking fee at this park. Bring cash to put in an envelope in case the ranger is not there. We need to pay even if the kiosk is unattended.
It’s not in San Bruno, (its bounded by Daly City, Brisbane and South SF) however, let’s get acquainted with this great area!
Come join us on a Saturday morning hike in the San Bruno Mountain State Park!
This 3.5 mile is a very nice climb, however, several sections are steep.
San Bruno Mountain, is the largest open space area in San Mateo Ccunty.
The trail surface is dirt, and the trails are exposed with a few groves of Eucalyptus along the way. This beautiful mountain may have patches of fog, which often burn off as we hike. It may be windy, so dress in layers.Bring:Water, snacks, hat, sunglasses, sunscreen

It’s sweltering hot everywhere, but this beautiful mountain still has some mist and a view of the ocean. It is a mountain with history, beloved by hikers, and such a great view of SF and the bay area spreading out at your feet. panoramic There are views of the ocean, the Marin headlands, downtown SF, and San Francisco Bay every step is worth it, feeling like you are on top of the world is absolutely priceless.

And while you are thinking about this great expanse of open space — rent the classic movie BULLITT with Steve McQueen, guess where they have the last crazy car chase? — Guadalupe Canyon Parkway… over San Bruno Mountain. –editor