We returned for another bout with melilotus alba (white sweet clover), our fourth of the season. This time, at least, it seemed we were pushing it back a bit. We'll return again this Saturday, and I fully expect to be back again next summer. This stuff fights back, it's tenacious.
Our weed-pulling crew numbered eight of so, including first-time Palos volunteer Lisa, and Brea, who didn't get enough of melilotus the previous Sunday at Black Partridge. Lisa also spotted a really cool moth caterpillar, pictured below. We also had two people cutting and stacking brush and four toting backpack sprayers across the prairie. Rock stars one and all!
Sagawau Environmental Learning Center, Sunday July 31
With an open fifth Sunday, I made my way to Sagawau to join naturalist Laura and a small group of volunteers cutting brush. It's truly pretty there right now and I highly recommend a visit to see all their colors of summer.
The brush-cutting was reminiscent of honeysuckle days at McMahon, where bittersweet vine ties all the targets into a tangled mess. Here the offending vine was grape, with the effect the same. The volunteer group handled it well and punched a nice hole into the thicket of brush at Sagawau fen.