Margaret canceled due to rain that ended shortly before the scheduled starting time, and wet ground conditions that persisted. She went to the meeting place, per usual practice, in case anyone who didn't see the email or FB post showed up.
Two volunteers came, one so eager to work Margaret eventually succumbed and located some weeds they could remove in a spot that wasn't waterlogged. Two regulars showed up to scout the area, and they wound up with a small, impromptu workday.
Black Partridge Sunday July 16
When I arrived steward John Marlin informed me we we canceling, as the Air Quality Index (AQI) was above the 150 threshold. Unlike the preceding day, nobody tried to talk us out of it, as the volunteers who signed up online did not show.
John wanted to check on some plants so we took a short walk through the upland, which might have gone longer if not for the insanely hungry mosquitoes we encountered along the way. No bites (I was doused with repellent) but they hovered so close it was a relief we weren't staying the full three hours.
Black Partridge looked great and we saw some nice native plants along the way. Walking with John is always informative due to his voluminous knowledge of his site and the plants inhabiting it.
I thought I'd missed out on Michigan lily this season, as I'd checked a couple spots I sometimes see it with no success. Last week I stumbled across some, quite by accident, as I was walking along the prairie and saw some invasive white sweet clover near its edge. After pulling that, and another small patch or two, I saw a few Culver's root and went to take a picture. Near them sat one small Michigan lily, which I would have missed had I not been in close proximity. It's a pretty flower, glad I was there to see it.