Much better than a week ago, with bright sun yet moderate temps and far less humidity. No problems with volunteers falling out in the heat.
We welcomed one first-time volunteer, Drew, who, along with Brian, Kathy, and Jean would repeat at Hidden Pond the following day. We pulled bunches upon bunches of white sweet clover from the prairie - it seems to reproduce as quickly as you pull it. Sinister, resilient stuff for sure.
Hidden Pond Sunday July 8
Here we had several first-timers; Adam, Alexander, Roger and Roy. It's always a thrill to see new faces. We also greeted a familiar nemesis - more white sweet clover awaited us on the prairie. We also tackled reed canary and a few thistles as we moved about.
On the positive side, numerous Michigan lilies were in bloom and prairie blazing star was just beginning to show its color. Lots of other treats to see with a great crew on another lovely day!
Willow Springs Woods Monday July 9
Students from Canada and Michigan, doing a week of service with Palos Heights Christian Reformed Church, came to Willow to remove brush, mostly honeysuckle. Their commitment to service shows in the way they work. It's a pleasure to host them.