While there's no volunteer restoration these days, local preserves are far from lonely. Yesterday the lot at McClaughrey Springs was full, and a friend reported a full house at the east shore of Saganashkee Slough, where fishermen congregate.
Fortunately, hikers seem to respect the need for social distancing. Several walkers paused and waited for me to cross a muddy stretch of trail before tackling it themselves, leaving ample space between us. Chorus frogs calling, some sandhill cranes still migrating.
If cabin fever becomes oppressive, find an open lot (everything around Swallow Cliff is closed and will likely remain closed for the duration) and enjoy our local nature. We'll see spring wildflowers in bloom soon, enjoy the show!
Here's a link to the Forest Preserves of Cook County's web page on events and closings.
I included a link to a pollinator video in my weekly email and repeat it here. One of our neighbors created some cool driveway art with her daughter - I suspect parents all over are getting creative to keep their kids engaged.