Tough temps and humidity at Cranberry on Saturday. Hot enough that, by noon, my belt, and everything else on me, was soaked through. Like the old joke about poor-fitting shoes, it sure felt good to get out of that stuff.
On a positive note, we didn't work hard so hard physically because most areas visited had only a sprinkling of invasives. Joe Neumann, toting the tank of herbicide on his back, had the toughest job of the morning.
Along the way we saw some good natives, like the cardinal flower pictured below. We also saw the curious little spider web at the bottom - no idea what spider makes that kind of web.
McClaughrey Springs Wednesday July 27
Jackie Grom, who works at Shedd Aquarium during the week and doubles as a Forest Preserves stewardship aide on weekends, brought a group of roughly 30 young people to McClaughrey for a habitat restoration day. They worked on the east side of Mill Creek, continuing to push the wall of honeysuckle back from the trail.
They were great, working well together and opening up another nice chunk of terrain. Due to ozone levels we could not burn, so next time out we'll have some robust brush piles to dispense with.
This Shedd Aquarium program Diana now hosts is an excellent example of partnering with other organizations. In the past Shedd students have helped on numerous occasions with John Marlin at Black Partridge Woods. I hope they benefit from the experience - we certainly do from their presence and the work they do.
Thanks to Mari Oates for the six photos seen in the slide show at the bottom of this post.