Originally planned as a brush-cutting day at Spears, this morning morphed into seed collection on the prairie at Cranberry Slough.
We had a fantastic turnout, with numerous high school students. There were 16 from Kennedy HS in Chicago, four JROTC cadets from Wheeling, two students from Rochelle and Lake Forest, and our long-distance champions, a mother and daughter from Coal City HS. I believe the total headcount was 38.
Joe had volunteers pair off, with each pair seeking a particular kind of seed. Target plants included ironweed, rattlesnake master, prairie blazing star, tall coreopsis, quinine, mountain mint, and Indian grass. Again the temperature was warm, again the colors were vibrant! Such days are treasures to be embraced and savored.
Diana had a good morning at McClaughrey, cutting and burning along the north side of the trail near Mill Creek. Sunday afternoon at Cap we did not burn; the wind had dropped below the minimum five mph needed for a brush pile burn. Since the same thing happened in October, we have an array of piles that will be moved and burned come December 4.
Paddock Woods, November 9
We returned to Paddock Woods on Wednesday November 9; I have no pictures as I was out of the area that day. We'll be there every Wednesday morning through year-end - if you're free during the week check us out!