We had an active Saturday, with two brush-cutters and one chainsaw running and a busy team of volunteers collecting and burning the brush. we worked along the Yellow Trail's eastern edge, immediately across from the tract that had a prescribed burn five days prior. Curiously, we spotted smoke coming from some snag that stayed lit since Monday, even with at least one rainfall in the interim.
Thanks to first-time Palos volunteer Neal, who doubled up at Swallow Cliff the following day. Awesome! In several weeks we'll see this stretch transform into a haven of native wildflowers.
Swallow Cliff Woods Sunday March 28
Another super team of volunteers on this day, 18 strong and they very strong, clearing a hillside of honeysuckle along the spur trail that takes you from Swallow Cliff South to the stairs. On a quite windy day we located our single brush pile where the gusts overhead couldn't reach all the way to the ground. That's the blessing of Swallow Cliff's topography, there's always shelter from the elements somewhere nearby.
Profound thanks to first-time Palos volunteers Cathy, Joseph and Maggie, and to all the volunteers who worked so well and made that hillside look so open and pretty.
Our spring flowers are right on schedule; hepatica are ready, as are bloodroot and spring beauties to name a few. Each week will bring new sights, so it's a terrific time for a walk in the woods. Yesterday and today being quite cool, don't expect many open blooms. By Saturday it's gonna be much better!