Joe chose to work at the far south end of Spears, across 95th Street from Buttonbush Slough. It's a neat little area I'd never been to before, with wooded hills rising out of wetlands. It was also another late one, with fires burning well into the afternoon.
We have one more Saturday remaining in our winter tree-thinning schedule, so it's time to thank Kathy Bruch, again, for her donation of the Atrium Landscape crew to this effort. It's all the evidence one needs of Kathy's generosity as well as her commitment to the Palos preserves.
Swallow Cliff South Sunday February 25
We came to Swallow Cliff this morning intending to cut and burn brush. Soggy ground prompted a change in plans; a shrub ID walk led by Ken Schaefer, recently retired from Oakton Community College.
Our thanks to Ken for freely sharing his knowledge of shrubs, trees, and other things green. Thanks also to Raquel Garcia-Alvarez for coming up with this 'plan B' and to Diana Krug for adding her insights (and photo). Good to see Diana and Margaret Tobin at Swallow Cliff on a Sunday morning.