Margaret had an eager crew of volunteers that she turned loose on garlic mustard at Cap, to good effect. So much for the alleged scarcity of garlic mustard in our area. As the rain intensified, they shut down early, but not before gathering copious quantities of the weed.
Nature Walk With a Librarian, McClaughrey Springs Woods, Saturday May 15,
We had another great turnout, 12 walkers, on an overcast morning that saw the first raindrops fall as we took our initial steps. All were great sports, working up that steep hill that looms over Mill Creek and tolerating the light rain that thankfully stayed light most of the way.
We saw a few early spring flowers, like Jack in the Pulpit, still hanging on, recent bloomers like wild hyacinth, and an abundance of wild geranium, delightful in its varying shades of lilac and pink. Stunning! Our final spring walk will come on Thursday June 17, 10:00 am, at Swallow Cliff Woods South. Join us if you can.
Black Partridge Woods Sunday May 16
Another garlic mustard hunt, which didn't get really productive until we worked our way east across the upland, landing in a mix of GM, dames rocket, and bramble. We left the bramble, but it sure complicated getting all the dames rocket.
Special thanks to first-time Palos volunteer Chad, accompanying his son Gus who was a newbie just a week earlier. Also great to see Carrie and Devin back at Black Partridge.