We start with a huge thank-you to Sierra Club, their ICO (Inspiring Connections Outdoors) program, and the large group of students from Pirtzker Colelce Prep that came to help at Cap last Saturday. They were a terrific help, getting a large area of brush cut and hauled to the fires.
Black Partridge Sunday November 21
Sunday we came back to the east edge of Black Partridge, overlooking Goose Lake and the Des Plaines. We're clearing brush to expand the nesting area of some local critters, removing a thicket of honeysuckle and buckthorn that have grown to substantial (that means chainsaw needed) size.
Thanks to first-time Palos volunteers Alec and Luke for their energy, and to Joe C. who always brings it! Next month we'll likely move back toward the parking lot, working in the vicinity of the old dairy farm.
Lunar Eclipse Viewing at Little Red Schoolhouse (LRS)
Since the Palos Preserves/Mt. Forest Island was designated an Urban Night Sky Place, LRS has hosted regular night events, including a monthly full moon walk. This was another such event, well-attended (10-12 people) especially given the time (3:00 - 5:00 am).
I love being outdoors at night and these events provide a venue free of auto traffic and other artificial lighting. It's amazing how much you see once your eyes adjust to the darkness. As earth's shadow moved off the moon, it seemed more like dusk than the middle of night. All from light originating 90 million miles away, reflected off a disc almost a quarter-million miles away.