Back to the land of bittersweet and honeysuckle entanglements, our group of volunteers hacked, slashed and dragged brush to a solitary fire near the margin of woodland and grassland. Shout-out to first-time Palos volunteer Barb (actually her second time out but our correspondent was absent on her first visit).
We continue to battle this messy mix of brush, each visit showing incremental progress but never enough to fully satisfy.
Swallow Cliff Woods Sunday September 24
We collected seed at the Cherry Hills Woods prairie on Sunday morning, blessed by dry conditions and multiple species of ripe seed. Thanks to first-time Palos volunteer Sheila (she's actually a veteran at Sagawau and Little Red Schoolhouse, while this was her initial appearance at one of our sites).
We did very well; I had a short list of plants we hoped to collect, and we exceeded this. Special thanks also to Joe Connolly for his many insights on our target plants. We did quite well and encountered some interesting natives along the way, a couple which I hadn't seen there before.