This turned out to be our only session of the weekend, cutting brush, mostly honeysuckle, along the multi-use trail at Cap. We worked both sides of a little creek that drains the higher ground, with fires on both sides.
One side for chainsaws, one for hand tools plus Doug's brushcutter. We were joined by first-time Palos volunteer Elijah (thank you!), Emily Russell from FPCC, and about ten others. Many of the honeysuckle were fairly robust, making it a good intro to fall bow-sawing and waking a few dormant muscles.
Rain got the best of us on Sunday, when we planned to cut brush at Black Partridge. It lasted much of the day, though by evening the sky cleared nicely. We know we're always susceptible to the caprices of weather, and still pout whenever this happens.
Palos Night Sky Picnic Friday September 15
This was co-hosted by Forest Preserves of Cook County (and Mary Busch!) and the excellent people at Sag Moraine Native Plant Society, and took place at Pioneer Woods. Attendance was amazing; with a long stretch of the parking lot filled with cars.
Aside from several speakers, the event offered live music until after sunset. Astronomers from Chicago Astronomical Society and Naperville Astronomical Association set up telescopes, allowing visitors to view objects of interest in the night sky while sharing their expertise.
This was great fun, leaving me hoping for an encore presentation.