Saturday morning was a thistle walk, volunteers clipping the flowers from non-native thistles as they walked the blue trail at Cap Sauers. It was a good day for butterflies, with many spotted feeding on the flowers as our group worked. A couple are pictured below.
Thanks to first-time Palos volunteer Francesca, and to Kevin Kuhn, recently retired from Forest Preserves Volunteer Resources. He was a great help to us on many occasions while employed with FPCC, and continued in that vein this weekend, also coming tom Black Partridge Sunday to complete a weekend double!
Nature Walk: McClaughrey Springs Saturday June 18
We had a large group of walkers at McClaughrey for the last of our spring walks with Palos Park Library, on a gorgeous late spring morning. We did a loop of 1.7 mi. pausing to talk from time to time (and to catch our breath at the top of the hill dubbed "Big Bertha".)
We're between spring ephemerals and summer flowers right now, so there weren't a lot of blooms to admire, but we had a good time just the same. A delightful group of people. We'll take a couple months off and resume walks in September.
Black Partridge Woods Sunday June 19
This was another thistle-lopping day with a smaller group of volunteers, and more heat, especially in mid-afternoon. It was also Father's Day - while that may have held our volunteer numbers down, the crowd of picnickers at Tampier Lake was large enough to fill every available parking space. Eventually I found a space and got the kayak on the lake for a spell. Beautiful!