Saturday was a Chicago River Day, sponsored by Friends of the Chicago River, the organization "working to improve the health of the Chicago River system for the benefit of people, plants, and wildlife". They've partnered with Palos Restoration Project at McClaughrey Springs, obtaining a grant to fund restoration of a bluff area overgrown with maples that crowd out the oaks once populating it. They also provide support and publicity for our restoration days at McClaughrey. We appreciate all they do to advance restoration in Palos!
On Saturday we continued to cut honeysuckle near Mill Creek, in what is likely our last cut-and-burn session 'til fall. We made good progress, knocking down a wall of brush that divided two sections previously cleared by volunteers. Thanks to everyone who participated, with a special shout-out to first-time Palos volunteers Brianna, Andrew, Genesis, Mary and Gus.
Sunday at Hidden Pond
Sunday illustrated the pluses and minuses of waiting to the bitter end to cancel a session due to weather. We've learned the opposite lesson, canceling the night before and seeing a projected storm system miss us by 50-100 miles. This time we knew we'd see some rain and hoped it would subside by 9:00 am.
Nope, the rain continued, coupled with a stiff, cold wind. Mary and I gave it one shot, walking a couple hundred yards and pulling garlic mustard along the way. An exercise in futility; we were quickly soaked and chilled and beat a path back to our vehicles. Biggest regret; having to tell the three volunteers at the meeting place that we were canceling. Thank you Marissa, Neal, and John for showing up - you're obviously tougher than us.