This was our last tree-thinning day of the season with Atrium Landscape sawyers. Thank you Kathy Bruch for your generosity in providing this resource, they really make an impact at our sites!
Hidden Pond Woods Sunday March 14
We had another great group of volunteers helping clear brush moving west from Kean Avenue toward the drainage ditch that bisects the preserve. First-time Palos volunteer, Chris, and 11 others clearly brought their A-games. Conservation Corps recently cleared a big stretch of brush along Kean and we expanded on their work.
Covid-19 one year later
One year ago today I worked with a group of volunteers at Zoo Woods. Covid-19 was all over the news by then.
We were both cautious and nervous that day, and our anxiety level soared when we encountered a gentleman we didn't know in the stone shelter where we ate our lunch. It got worse when he coughed. Later that afternoon John Plunkett, who leads those workdays, emailed the group saying he was putting them on hiatus due to the unfolding crisis.
Two days later the governor announced a stay-at-home order, non-essential business closures, and other mitigations. Three months would pass before we resumed any kind of group activities in the preserves, and those were of necessity quite limited.
We seem to be in a much better place today, with cases falling and vaccine rates rising. (Julie and I got our second shot last Monday.) We continue to ask volunteers to wear masks and practice social distancing, and eagerly anticipate some future date when that's no longer necessary and we can share snacks and drinks without any concern.
We're not there yet and appreciate the continuerd cooperation of our volunteers in helping keep all of us safe. Thank you, tahnk you, a hundred times thank you!