Saturday we had 20 volunteers from the TEENS project at Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, who came to cut and burn brush with us. TEENS is an acronym for Teenagers Exploring and Explaining Nature and Science, an excellent program that is open to Chicago residents age 14-19. They've volunteered with us numerous times and always do an excellent job.
In addition to our regulars, we also welcomed first-time Palos volunteer Dez. We cut along and above the west side of Mill Creek, in an area we'd cleared perhaps ten years ago where resprouts are trying to establish a new population. We had three fires and left enough cut brush on the ground to warrant another.
Nature Walk at Cap Sauers, Saturday October 21
This was our first fall walk with newly named Director Jessica Rock and almost a dozen patrons of Palos Park Library. It was an achingly beautiful fall day.
We planned to visit Cherry Hill prairie, but wet ground prompted a switch to Cap Sauers. From Teason's Woods we ambled about a mile west on the Yellow Trail, up and down several of the many hills in this post-glacial terrain.
Swallow Cliff Woods South Sunday October 22
Sunday we switched our session to the afternoon due to the Spooky Shuffle, 5 & 10K races done by the village of Palos Park. No complaints here; it was such a beautiful afternoon to be in the woods, surrounded by brilliant colors and a light breeze.
This was our first brush-cutting day of fall at Swallow Cliff and we continued to push along the edge of a wetland south of the picnic grove. There's no shortage of honeysuckles here, so we had lots of fuel for our single, large fire. A shout-out to first time Palos volunteer Erin.