This was the fourth assault on our stubborn wall of brush, one so tenacious it might resist even a napalm strike. We had another good group, including first-time Palos volunteers Teresa and Daniel.Two chainsaws and one gas brushcutter, another big, hot fire! By day's end we'd made further inroads in this tough little piece of habitat.
Nature Walk - Sagawau Saturday November 13
Naturalist Lorrie Ward led a most interesting tour at Sagawau, starting at the old farmhouse and finishing at the new Visitor's Center. Sleet that was falling right before our 10:00 am start diminished and our hardy group of eight, from Palos Park Library, thoroughly enjoyed it.
Lorrie dished up tidbits about the history and geology of the site as well as the plants and animals that make it their home. We're already planning a return next spring and looking forward to it.
Hidden Pond Woods Sunday November 14
Going into Sunday morning, we had a week of weather forecasts telling us how miserable conditions would be. Mary and I had low confidence we'd be getting anything done, and were pleasantly surprised when the rain and sleet held off almost 'til noon. Better still, we had eight volunteers and knocked down a large patch of honeysuckle by quitting time.
Due to high winds we did not burn. Instead stacking the cut brush in numerous feeder piles, awaiting our return on Sunday December 12. Burn party, anyone?