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Volume 20, Number 1 Winter/Spring, 2009 Welcome the Foundation’s First Executive Director Featured Fauna Jay Wilson is a native San Lizards Diegan, a 1966 graduate of the University of San Diego with a degree My first contact with lizards in political science, and he has been a was seeing them portray dinosaurs in resident of the Navajo community old movies. To make them look more since 1968. He has a strong interesting, they were often outfitted background in marketing and a keen with prosthetics, such as horns, gills, interest in conservation and ecology spines, etc. Later, I would see these from spending a total of 15 years as the fascinating reptiles in nature programs Assistant Director of Marketing for Sea doing little jigs on the hot sand in order World and Director of Marketing for to keep their feet cool. It wasn't until I the San Diego Zoo and the Wild moved to San Diego that I met the little Animal Park. Most recently Jay critters in their natural environment; served for nearly 14 years as a City devoid of any entertainment value, I Council Representative for still find them fascinating. Councilmembers Judy McCarty and Lizards are reptiles whose Jim Madaffer respectively. Jay has ancestors began populating the planet been an active member of the over 200 million years ago. There are community from the early 1970’s and nearly 5,000 species of lizard living all has been a member of the Lake Murray over the Earth, with the exception of Kiwanis Club since 1995. He enjoys severely cold regions. There is great computers and technology, reading, Mission Trails Regional Park Foundation and his grandchildren. Jay and his wife Executive Director Jay Wilson Carole reside in Del Cerro. Leaves of three . . . ? Let it be! by Ranger Heidi Gutknecht Here on the west coast we brown, and then to a beautiful crimson have poison oak (Toxicodendron red in the fall. Being a deciduous plant, diversilobum), not ivy. However, both its leaves are then dropped and the variation among the species, but plants look very similar, with leaves plant remains “naked” throughout the generally lizards are cold blooded, containing leaflets of three – the two winter. Come spring, shiny new green have external ears, four legs with bottom leaflets appear to be “kissing,” leaves return. clawed feet, a long body and a weak while the top leaflet is “running away.” So, why do we need to “let it tail that will break off easily when Poison oak prefers to grow in shady be?” All parts of poison oak (including grabbed by a predator. The tail helps areas and in riparian habitats (along a the stems!) contain urushiol oil, which with balance and also stores fat and can river or stream). It often sends out can cause an allergic dermatitis be a problem once lost. Fortunately, vines, which attach to and climb up reaction when contact is made. A rash many lizard species' tails grow back. other plants and trees, making it of itchy blisters can result, which can Most lizards also have cold, dry, scaly sometimes difficult to notice. Poison be spread if broken open by scratching. skin, which can come with intricate oak can also be challenging to This urushiol oil is active in both live patterns and vivid colors. This skin will recognize, as its appearance changes and dead plants and can remain intact molt as the lizard grows. throughout the year. During the summer its leaves turn yellow and Poison Oak, continued on P. 2 Lizard, continued on p. 3 Nature Explorers Mission Trails Regional Park Foundation Mission Trails Regional Park offers a NEW program for ages 5-10 Board of Directors and parents (younger siblings who can manage are also welcome). We will begin with a 10-minute wildlife introduction, then hit the trails. Joseph C. Morse The many changes taking place in the park at dusk will be explored, using our President four senses and flashlights to aid us. Nancy Acevedo The Nature Explorer’s program Takes place at the Kumeyaay Lake Vice President Dorothy Leonard Campground. Pass through the Entry Station and park in the Day Use Secretary Treasurer Parking Lot. Meet at the Shade Structure, across from the restrooms. Patrick Abbott, Ph.D The Nature Explorers is from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on the Sue Braun following Fridays: Jan. 9th, Feb. 13th, Mar. 13th, Apr. 10th, May 15th, & Gene Hatton Jun. 12th Gary Krueger, O.D. For your comfort and safety, please remember to wear sturdy, J. Carlton Morse II, CFP closed-toed shoes; dress in layers and pack water bottles and snacks. Walter Odening, Ph.D. To register, please e-mail the information listed below to Linda Betty Ogilvie Hawley, Volunteer Trail Guide and Nature-Teacher, at: William L. Sperling, M.D. email@example.com Donald E. Steele Tom Story Connie Wood 1. Parent's name 2. Child(ren)'s Name(s) and age(s) 3. Phone Number Staff 4. E-mail Address Jay Wilson Executive Director Roland Roberge Administrative Assistant Patty O’Reilly Gift Shop Manager Advisors Hon. Jim Ellis California State Senator, retired Hon. Barry Jantz Council Member, City of La Mesa Hon. Lucy Killea President and CEO International Community Foundation, retired California State Senator, retired Hon. Jim Madaffer Council Member, City of San Diego, Poison Oak, continued from p. 1 from the burning plant can cause retired severe eye and respiratory problems. Hon. Judy McCarty on objects it has come into contact with Despite the negative effects it can have Council Member, City of San Diego, retired for years! For this reason items, such as on humans, poison oak does have its Hon. Dick Murphy boots, clothing and camping redeeming qualities, too. For example, Mayor, City of San Diego, retired equipment, should be carefully washed in addition to being an attractive plant Superior Court Judge, retired with a strong detergent that can break to look at, poison oak provides both Michael R. Pent up the urushiol oil; using just a regular food and shelter for local wildlife. Past Chair Mission Trails Citizens' soap will merely spread the oil around Some Native Americans even used it to Advisory Committee on the object. help get rid of their warts! So, we need Past President Mission Trails Regional Poison oak can also not dislike or fear poison oak, as long Park Foundation contaminate the fur of animals, which as we respect and are aware of it. The Hon. Larry Stirling is yet another good reason for dogs to best way to avoid coming into contact Superior Court Judge, retired be kept on leash at all times while with it, of course, is to simply stay on California State Senator, retired hiking here in the park. Even smoke the trails! 2 Lizard, continued from p.1 Komodo dragon is really a whopping Nest Box Volunteers Needed big lizard, which will even eat a person The MTRP Bird Nest Box Project needs if given the chance. volunteers to help out for this coming Like snakes, lizards smell by Sometimes Lizards fool you spring. sticking out their tongues. The scent by looking like something else. One organ is actually located on the roof of looks like a toad, but is actually the Each volunteer, or group of volunteers (i.e., their mouth; the tongue darts out horned lizard. Another looks like a a family, scout troop, etc.), will be assigned collecting odor molecules, then it six different nest boxes, which they will be snake, but is really a lizard without retracts depositing those molecules on responsible for monitoring on a weekly legs. How can you tell a legless lizard their "nose". This helps them to find basis from March through July. Those from a snake? See if it blinks! food, a mate, or spot predators. Unlike interested should contact Project Manager The predominate lizard snakes, which have no moveable Daniece Moden at (619) 447-9766 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Mark Your Calendar For The Seventeenth Annual Photography Contest Contest Deadline April 24, 2009 All entries will be on display at the Visitor Center from May 10 to June 13, 2009. Reception and awards ceremony will be held Sunday, May 31, 2009 Art Exhibit Schedule January 31- February 27, 2009 Dana Levine, Photography and Jan Thompson, Photography Show title: Sunshine and Shadow Reception: Saturday, Feb. 7th 1-3 pm February 28-March 27, 2009 Jerome Lipetzky, Oil and Jane Fletcher, Oil March 28-April 24, 2009 Jim Respess, Photography April 25 - May 8, 2009 eyelids, lizards have eyelids they can species in San Diego are: Great Basin (two week show) blink. One exception is the gecko, fence lizard, San Diego alligator lizard, Melva Riley, Oil, Mike Kemp, Oil and Creela Villani, Oil which has a clear membrane to protect granite spiny lizard, San Diego banded their eyes from dirt and bright sunlight. gecko, side-blotched lizard, San Diego Don't look for the standard mammalian horned lizard, Henshaw night lizard, ears on a lizard; they have visible ear Colorado skink, orange-throated openings flush with their bodies. Also, whiptail, and silvery legless lizard. Cell Phone Patrol don't bother trying to listen for lizards; Unless it is cold and overcast, few species actually vocalize. it is almost impossible not to see a Report any suspicious Different lizards eat different lizard while hiking in the park. The behavior in or around stuff, generally depending on the size fence and alligator lizards are those our parking lots and of the lizard. Smaller species will eat you are most likely to see while in the facilities. bugs, spiders and even plants and their park. Being cold blooded, they love fruit, while larger species will eat small sunning themselves out in the open, on Rangers animals and birds. And, like most a warm rock and sometimes atop a (9:00 am - 5:00 pm) creatures in nature, lizards are a food fence post. Move very slowly and you call 619-668-3281 source for birds, animals, snakes and can almost touch them before they San Diego Police even other lizards! scurry off to hide. Dept. call To give you an idea of just 619-531-200 how different lizards can be, the Roland Roberge 3 Thank you to our many Mission Trails contributors of 2008 BENEFACTOR Laura Clark Sunbelt Publications City of San Diego Special Promotional Douglas Coe Torrey Pines Bank Programs Pete Cuthbert Leonard and Janet Trentacosta STEWARD Ted Daub Rose Van Hook County of San Diego Community Wendy and Terry Esterly George and Nancy Varga Enhancement Funds Dr. & Mrs. Myron Fessler Mark Wade Pardee Homes Sally and Einar Gall Cecile Walters San Diego Landfill Systems Terry Gaughen Gaughen Tom Walters Sempra Energy Gloria Giolzetti - In Memory of Joseph Weening PATRON Louis Giolzetti West Hills High School - In Memory of Pat Abbott - In Memory of Robert and Linda Gordon Brittany Williams Lance Patrick Abbott Mary Jo Grubbs Elisa and Howard Wiggins Beckman Coulter Foundation Michael and Lois Gubitosi Nancy and Dennis Wilson Kaiser Permanents Julie and Steve Guroff Art and Connie Wood Metropolitan Water District of Southern Diane and Jim Hamilton David A. Wynn, D.D.S. California Bruce Harley and Patricia Knobloch Douglas Wong Joe and Rosemarie Morse Stephen and Mary Jane Harris YMCA of San Diego County Linda and Walter Odening, Ph.D. Salah Hassanein Fred and Pauline Zacharias Olive Garden Restaurants Tom and Joan Hayes Fred Zuckerman Superior Ready Mix Dorothy and Art Hester FAMILY Viejas Enterprises Fred and Bobby Hammack William and Mary Abernathy Westfield Development Corp. Cheryl Rode and Mike Hurlburt Raymond and Barbara Anderson FOUNDER John Hancock Jack and Pennie Avery Generic Events David Johnston and family Jim and Dorinda Bogart Friends and Family - In Memory of Kitt Sign Company Tom and April Boling Eunice Berntsson Francis and Evelyn Kleber Glenn and Joan Braden Friends & Family - In Memory of David and Sally Kotnik Dr. & Mrs. Richard Braun Rick Gadler Fred and Linda Kramer Sarah Brumfield Mary Louise Glanz Gary and Nancy Krueger Mark and Rona Catlin Patricia and Gerald Johnson Marjorie, Alan and Diana Lanning - Jay and Nancy Coulter Kashi In Memory of Elizabeth Ackerman Joseph and Marjorie Davis - In Memory of Kiwanis Club of Thomas Leech Harry Tranter Tierrasanta-San Diego Al and Lori Lehman Marjorie Ferrante Francis and Evelyn Kleber Dan and Dorothy Leonard Mr. and Mrs. Marty Fin David McLaren and Diane Nelson Perry and Christine Lieber Larry and Patricia Fox Rady Children's Hospital Marianne Alhadeff and Helen Malone Richard Gilbert Larry and Linda Stirling Henry and Shirley Mann Gail Hanna Jean Tomcavage Michael and Genevieve Matherly Maren and David Hargis Marie Tuthill Chuck and Martha Moffett Jack and Grace Hawkes Wachovia Foundation Carlton and Cathy Morse Linda and James Hill Helen Welbourn - In Honor of Thomas Mullaney Tom and Jeanne Hodges - In Memory of Lois J. Humman Richard and Jan Murphy Ruth Curns Charles Nichols Dr. and Mrs. John Holl TRAILBLAZER Charles and Ann Nickel Charles and Vivienne Jacobson Lawrence and Suzanne Hess Janie Noon Daniel and Janice Karsh Gary Hogue Hogue Ola and Lyn Olsson Kathryn Krug Richard and Carol Johnson Clement O'Neill - In Memory of Ed and Julie Krummenacher Johnnie and Leslie Perkins Margaret C. O'Neill Jim and Patricia Lawson San Diego County Water Authority Dianne Onstad Morris and Zita Liebermensch PATHFINDER Mike and Pat Pent Morton and April Lipman Nancy and Joe Acevedo Pent family: Mike, Pat, Michelle and Mary Elaine and Howard Maltz Ronald and Nancy Anderson Maurice Pessot and Roni Breite Larraine Marshall Barbara Anderson - In Memory of Philip Pryde Tammi and Stephen Marshall Bill Cleves Lynn Rizer Dick and Trudy Martin Cathy Armstrong Jacqueline Roisman Harley and Roy Alice Mayfield John and Ann Aydelotte Jodi Roisman Dr. Margaret McKerrow Lynn Baer Jill and Gregg Rosner Nadine Misiaszek Ed Barber Arthur and Ruth Savage Jon and Sharon Nachison Rita and Jerry Bierman Sheryl and Bob Scarano Scott and Laurie Norton Vickie Brunk Richard Schwenkmeyer James and Louise O'Neill Edmund and Gale Capparelli Stephen Seaborg Jack and Vicki Reed Curtis Carlson Bill and Barbara Sperling Frank and Beverly Rouston Barbara and Michael Carr Fern Steiner Elio and Edith Schaechter Darlene Cason Dan and Katie Sullivan Dean Schlagel The Chubb Corporation 4 Jerry Schweinfest - In Honor of Ron Orton Liz Doroski Delma Overton Notable Donations Dr. and Mrs. Roger Scott Harry Pebley October to December 2008 Hani and Marilyn Shatila Clifford Pentrack William Simmons Colleen and Mark Peterson Steward - $2,500 - $5,000 Morton and Donna Stanley Val Plummer Pat Abbott - In memory of Nancy Stassinopoulos Patricia Powers Lance Patrick Abbott Donald Steele Vladimir and Golina Rotar Joe and Rosemary Morse Georgia Tranter - In Memory of Stan and Susan Schroeder Walter and Linda Odening Harry Tranter Lillian Schuler Pardee Homes Tom and Connie Verhoef Gordon Seaburg Harry and Darlene Wade Annie Raich and John Sharp Founder - $1,000 - $2,500 Hans and Mary Weber Gail Smith - In Memory of Kiwanis Club of Tierrasanta Don & Anne Wemple Elizabeth Ackerman Kashi Tammy White - In Honor of Tina Sardina Donna Stanley Jean Tomcavage Richard Wilson Dorothy Stock Brian and Luann Wright Virginia Sturgeon Trailblazer - $500-$1,000 INDIVIDUAL Coralie Thomson Gary B. Hogue A New Path Mitsuo Tomita Richard and Carol Johnson Jude Barnes Maryanne Vancio Mr & Mrs Grant Bening Jim Whitmoyer Path Finder - $100-$500 Herbert Bernstein Barbara Cleves Anderson - In Elizabeth Bicknese and Zaro Razak Thank You to Our memory of Bill Cleves Sarah Brumfield Business Partners Rita and Jerry Bierman Ramona Bush Awin Management, Inc. Barbara and Michael Carr Dr. and Mrs. Gerald Cady Beckman Coulter Foundation Darlene and Charles Cason Toni Caragozian Best-Rate Repair Company The Chobb Corporation Linda Cocking David Wynn dentist Laura Clark - In honor of Mark Peterson and Colleen Conaway GMRI, Inc. Mike and Debra Holmes Robert and Barbara Cooley Ideal Plumbing, Heating and Electrical Patricia and Douglas Coe David Day Kaiser Permanente Wendy and Terry Esterly Jim and Lois Dayhoff Kashi Dr. and Mrs. Myron D. Fessler Charlotte Dunn Kitt Sign Company Sally and Einar Gall Karen Eisman Pardee Homes Michael and Lois Gubitosi Ava Fedak San Diego County Water Authority Julie and Steve Guroff Marjorie Ferrante Sempra Energy David Johnston Family Robert and Catherine Fish Superior Ready Mix Patricia Knobloch and Bruce Harley Margie Flickinger The Chubb Corporation Fred and Linda Kramer Richard Gird Torrey Pines Bank Al and Lori Lehman Richard Griebe Viejas Enterprises Perry and Christine Lieber Sue Griffith Westfield Development Michael and Genevieve Matherly Julie Grossman Chuck and Martha Moffett Ann Harris Carlton and Cathy Morse Jerry and Rita Hartman Arbor Day Donors Pat Abbott Charles Nichols Ferd and Doris Hasenstab Janie Noon Gene Hatton Ted Daub Alpha Tau Omega Fraternity - In Memory Lyn and Ola Olsson Martha and Ed Hollis Michael and Patricia Pent Kenneth Hope of Russell R. Pyke Bob Gillett - In Memory of The Pent Family – Mike, Pat, Loretta Huckabone Michelle and Mary Diane Humphrey Russell R. Pyke John Beers - In Memory of Philip Pryde Beverly Ingram Jill and Gregg Rosner Maureen and Gerald Kelly Rosemary Beers The Breite-Pessat family - In Honor of Sheryl and Bob Scarano Ronald and Lois Kilburg Richard C. Schwenkmeyer Karl Kortum Ranger Mika Shimada-Cicirelli Lynn Baer - In Memory of Fern Steiner Patricia and Jack Lane - In Memory of Tom Walters Harry Tranter Bradley W. Baer Susan Buckley - In Memory of Christine Waters Fred and Joan Liddle Joseph Weening Mary Louise Lloyd Helen, John and Bob Buckley Gloria Giolzetti - In Memory of Elisa and Howard Wiggins Marsha Jean MacDonald Rev. and Mrs. Fred Zacharias Kay Martin - In Memory of Kay O'Day Louis F. Giolzetti Betty Marx Cecilia Hair - In Memory of Jocelyn McGrath Dwight Hair Kathy and Jim McNairnie Cub Scout Pack 51 - Bear Den 2008-2009 Sheldon and Marcia Merel Debi Laird, Diane Leonard and Joan Teresa Minniti - In Honor of Sandy Kuntz McCollom - In Honor of Karen Muldrew Dorothy Leonard's contributions to Aaron Muller Mission Trails Fran and Chris Nizic 5 MTRP FOUNDATION ACCOMPLISHMENTS Working in cooperation with the City of San Diego Park and Recreation Department July 1, 2007 through June 30, 2008 The Foundation funded, and working A water line from the Visitor Center The Foundation maintains the with park staff, provided oversight for side of Father Junipero Serra Trail to Kumeyaay Lake Campground internet the following exhibits in the Visitor the Oak Grove Trail trailhead was and intranet web sites which were and Interpretive Center: the new installed in order to provide water to developed by the City of San Diego “Animals in Mission Trails” exhibit; the existing oak trees and for the 2008 Park and Recreation Department. This continued work on the “Predators of Arbor Day tree plantings. Four picnic system is used for making campground Mission Trails” exhibit, which includes table pads and one donated picnic table reservations and accepting payments, a new wall mural (still in progress, were installed. some on-line and some at the approximately 80% of the mural was campground entry station. The completed.); a faux mountain lion was The Foundation contracted with Joseph Foundation pays for all upgrades to the created and installed; existing Wong Design Associates (JWDA) to system as well as Cox taxidermied coyote was moved to this conduct a feasibility study for the Communications monthly Internet exhibit. Equestrian Staging Area comfort access fees. The Foundation station. contracted with Art Street Interactive The Foundation maintains computers at (ASI) in 2007 to upgrade the on-line the Visitor Center for use by City staff, The Foundation owns and continues to campground reservation system. It is Foundation staff, volunteers, and support and improve the Park web site anticipated that the new system will be visitors as well as a server, and a MTRP.ORG. The City of San Diego completed during the FY2009 fiscal computer dedicated to the Visitor Special Promotional Programs is given year. Center weather station. It provided credit on the site. Art Street Interactive funding for and, working with park (ASI) continues to donate a significant Other accomplishments include staff, oversaw the repair and amount of staff time to maintain and purchase and maintenance of all replacement of all exhibits as well as improve the MTRP web site. computer equipment at the the theater shows and equipment. It campground for use by staff and continues to sponsor art shows in the The Foundation continues to promote volunteers, as well as co-sponsoring, gallery and an annual amateur the park by placing an advertisement with the City of San Diego Park and photographic contest. for the park, including the Recreation Department, programs for campground, in the San Diego East children and adults at the Campground The Foundation co-sponsors with the Visitors Bureau map. It contracted with and Visitor Center. City of San Diego Park and Recreation a public relations/marketing consultant Department programs for children and to get publicity for the park and the The Foundation provides on-going adults. It also continues to maintain a annual Explore Mission Trails Day. support for the volunteer program Gift Shop at the Visitor Center. Work Quarterly newsletters were published, sponsored by the Park and Recreation also began on a new and updated Trail sent to donors and interested Department. Support in FY2008 Map to be sold in the Gift Shop. Cox individuals and organizations, and included: subsidizing the cost of polo Communications continues to donate made available at the Visitor Center shirts worn by park volunteers; high speed Internet service at the and other public facilities. An e- providing badges for volunteers; Visitor Center. newsletter is sent to subscribers for paying for snacks for work crews, trail more timely communication with guide trainings and other volunteer Five new wayside information panels Mission Trails supporters and users. events, as well as lunch and snacks for were installed along Father Junipero volunteer patrol training; funding the Serra Trail replacing old and faded The Sixth Annual Explore Mission monthly Trail Guide newsletter; panels. The Cowles Mountain summit Trails Day was held on May 17, 2008. supporting the annual volunteer awards boulder was refurbished and the bronze Activities were held at the Visitor event by providing plaques, gift plaque replaced. Donor contributions Center, equestrian staging area and certificates and door prizes in addition for special projects such as the Trail campground. Corporate sponsorships to food, beverages and paper products Maintenance and the Tree and Habitat included one Media sponsor, four Title for the potluck held in conjunction with Maintenance Funds were used for the sponsors, four Community sponsors, the awards program. following projects: fencing material for one Pony Ride sponsor, one Ms. use on the Cowles Mountain trail and Frizzle sponsor, one Photo Contest This is only a partial, edited list of in other areas of the park; plants for the sponsor, and four Neighborhood Foundation Accomplishments. For the Visitor Center plant identification sponsors. Donations included $36,500 complete document, call 619-688-3280 walk; trees planted at Kumeyaay Lake in cash and $19,000 in product and in- or e-mail email@example.com. Campground as part of the annual kind services. Arbor Day event. 6 Volume 20, Number 1 - Winter/Spring, 2009 Another Successful Arbor Day This year's Mission Trails Regional Park Arbor Day was celebrated on Saturday, December 6th at the new Oak Grove trail picnic area. Fifteen cottonwood trees and California Wild Rose, Lemonadeberry, Bladderpod, Toyon and Monkeyflower shrubs were planted. Members of Boy Scout Troop 950 assisted with planting the trees and shrubs. Mission Trails Regional Park Foundation thanks the donors for their support of our 2008 Arbor Day, many who came with family and friends to plant trees in honor or memory of a special person in their life. (See the list of donors on page 5) Our 2008 Arbor Day in Mission Trails was sponsored by City of San Diego Councilmember Jim Madaffer, City of San Diego Park & Recreation Department, Over thirty people attended Arbor Day 2008 to plant ﬁfteen Mission Trails Regional Park Citizens' cottonwood tress and various shrubs at the new Oak Grove Advisory Committee and Mission Trails Trail picnic area. Regional Park Foundation.
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