We worked deeper in along a ravine where we cut brush earlier in the year, with brushcutters, a chainsaw, and hand tools. Though I had another commitment and could not stay the entire time I'm confident a lot got done from seeing how volunteers were pitching in while I was there.
Sunday September 17, Swallow Cliff Woods South
We collected seed in the morning, working inside the loop in a lovely area under management for many years. Mostly we collected woodland grasses for distribution later; we also spotted a couple kinds of berries which were taken to a recently-cleared spot and spread around.
Thanks to first time volunteers Tyler, Artur, Jessica, and James. It's always exciting to see new faces and is our sincere hope they can make it out again.
Sunday September 24, Black Partridge Woods
Our afternoon gig was brush cutting and burning. It was hot, and it was tough, and we are most grateful to everyone who helped us and endured the heat. If we didn't already have brush piles from a previous day, we probably would have deferred on the burning, but we didn't want to get too far behind.
Great crew, great day! Thanks to another set of first-timers: Donna, Dave, Brian and Amy, and to Tyler who doubled up after the morning at Swallow Cliff.
Wednesday September 20, Paddock Woods
After a wonderfully cool summer it seems that this week's heat and humidity scared off many of our Paddock regulars. Nevertheless a small group worked on clearing invasives along a ravine in the SE corner of Paddock. Now complete, it will be a breeze for our chain sawyers to thin trees and let the sunlight in.
Apprentice Steward Mr. Bob photographed and informed the FPCC Police when a gentleman pulled into the parking lot and released a caged animal into the woods. When informed that it was illegal the fella immediately became angry, claimed an officer told him it was okay, and drove off.
Thanks to Doug Chien for the account on yesterday's Paddock workday. Often we witness behaviors that damage the preserves; poachers, illegal trail users, littering, etc. When practical, and safe, we can attempt to educate the person committing the behavior. Otherwise, all we can do is report it and hope for the best. It's frustrating to us, who truly care about the land, that others apparently do not, or put their own convenience ahead of the common good.
Thursday September 21, Nature Walk at Spears Woods
Under a blazing sun, we walked from the Spears lot to the prairie near Boomerang Slough with half a dozen patrons of Palos Park Library and librarian Jessica Rock. We sought shade whenever possible. So much fun sharing the preserves with others!