FPCC Ecologist Kristin Pink conducted a tour of Cranberry, walking the loop and stopping at various points of interest. She talked about the brush mowing project that started two years ago - it's remarkable how areas fill in once brush is removed. Thank you, Kristin, for an informative morning!
We hosted a group of young people from Palos Heights Christian Reformed Church. In the Chicago area for a week of volunteer service, they came from various places - Ontario, Canada; South Dakota, and Michigan, to name a few. They were great, their adult leaders were great, and we look forward to working with them in the future. With the temperature only reaching the mid-seventies, we were able to burn two brush piles, a pleasant surprise.
Black Partridge Woods Sunday July 16
This day was quite productive, with 'guest appearances' from Bob Erck of Ted Stone and Arie Crown, toting his chainsaw, and Jim Carberry from Orland Grasslands hauling a backpack sprayer. We also had new volunteers Brook, Calixto, Sam, Moira, and Marcus, and almost newbie Chris.
Volunteers did weed control and brush cutting and experienced the lushness of Partridge on a lovely summer afternoon.
Paddock Woods Wednesday July 19
Cutting without burning, on a warm rather humid morning. We got a lot done with a few motivated volunteers. Soon we'll collect seed, some of it to be distributed in this recently-cleared area.