Cranberry Slough Saturday September 23
We planned to cut and burn but a string of plus-90 degree days with high ozone levels led Joe to switch to seed collection at Cranberry. That was a great idea.
Thirty-five incoming MBA candidates from Northwestern U's Kellogg School of Management joined us, doing a morning of service as part of their orientation. They were a terrific group and an immense help, scouring the prairie for liatris, rattlesnake master, ironweed, and several other natives.
Swallow Cliff Sunday September 24
Jackie also decided to collect seed, along the loop trail at Swallow Cliff South. Here, again, we were joined by a number of students. This time they were high schoolers, most from Whitney Young, plus our favorite Jones College Prep student, Devin.
We gathered an awesome amount of Joe Pye, false and true Solomon's seal, and a variety of other seeds. Since we were gathering woodland species, we even had the benefit of shade as we worked.
Paddock Wednesday September 27
Finally a cool day so fire returned to the woodland at Paddock. We had two brush piles, burning things cut a week ago and longer, as well as cutting more honeysuckle and euonymus. 'Twas a good day...