Margaret and team continued brush removal along the multi-use trail, not far from Bergman Slough. We had at least three first-time Palos volunteers; thank you Mike, Liam, and Steve for your contribution to healthy nature in Palos!
This was the first time in months that I've seen saw puddles extending across the trail, in a spot that normally stays wet for much of the year. We've truly experienced a dry stretch of weather, starting after the heavy rains of May 2020.
Nature Walk at Cap Sauers, Saturday October 16
While Margaret worked on the west side of Cap Sauers, we also had a nature walk on the east side, with Jessica Rock and patrons of Palos Park Library. Walking west from Teason's Woods, we experienced the remarkable terrain of Cap Sauers, with high bluffs and deep ravines showcasing the power of water to carve a landscape..
Black Partridge Woods Sunday October 17
Another picture-perfect fall day, with a cool morning and pleasant afternoon. We cut brush on the south side of Bluff Road, near the S-curve and Goose Lake, in a dense thicket of buckthorn and honeysuckle. Neal got some chainsaw time in while Joy practiced for the upcoming brush pile burn class (you got this!)
We also welcomed back Nicole from the IR (Injured Reserve) list; the injury was NOT sustained doing habitat restoration. Thanks also to first-time Palos volunteer Vinkut for joining us.
It was fascinating the way this day unfolded. We first cut an opening in the center of the thicket, where we put our single burn pile. Then, like spokes of a wheel, each volunteer worked their way outward from that center, so that by day's end we expanded our cleared circle substantially. Great group, got a lot accomplished!