Despite the soaking rain Saturday, we managed to keep dry while collecting seed on the Hidden Pond Prairie. We had great help from two mom/daughter teams, first time Palos volunteers Juana and Dorothy and returning heroes Meghan and Hollyn, and garnered a variety of native species, which will go largely in the areas near Kean Ave recently cleared of brush.
Many monarchs were active in the prairie, showing a special fondness for the nectar of the native field thistle. It was a truly lovely morning and a great time to be outdoors.
Return to the Burn
Last Saturday Joe planned to cut and burn brush; the rain said otherwise. We'll try again this Saturday, September 19 at McMahon, and again Sunday afternoon at Black Partridge.
Yesterday I went to Zoo Woods to help John Plunkett and a group of volunteers cut buckthorn. Coincidentally, last time we burned, March 18, was also at Zoo Woods. That Friday the coronavirus shutdown was announced and our eager fire-starters took a long break. Now we're coming back.