Saturday we had a group from the TEENS program at Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum as well as new volunteer Elizabeth who also came to McClaughrey and Cap Sauers on Sunday. In addition we had a group of our stalwart volunteers.
Our students spent the first half of their time pulling garlic mustard near Mill Creek. After break we split up, with several continuing to pull while others grabbed tools and helped cut and burn honeysuckle with the core group.
McClaughrey Springs Sunday May 6
We must have done a good job pulling garlic mustard Saturday, because Sunday Diana said they were having trouble locating plants. Improvisation is key; she gave a short tour to the new volunteers while several others stayed behind cutting and burning brush again.
Happy that everyone got to the site okay despite closure of Route 83 for the annual Southwest Half Marathon.
Cap Sauers Sunday May 6
Thanks to Kris DaPra of FPCC who led this session when steward Bob Arentz could not. More good news here: she led a group of a half dozen who found only a very small number of garlic mustard plants at the site.
We're not sure if the scarcity of the weed is a good sign or if it's merely coming later than normal due to the snows and cold through much of April. Joe Neumann speculates that perhaps the late emergence gave our natives a better chance to compete with the interlopers. Over the next several weeks we'll see.
However the garlic mustard saga plays out, it's been a joy walking the trails and viewing all the spring wildflowers as they take turns blooming.