Summer returned this weekend, with lots of sunshine and temps in the 80s. No, it's not ideal for burning brushpiles, but we managed two fires on this day just the same.
Thanks to first-time Palos volunteer Darius for joining us! We had multiple chainsaws and one brushcutter, meaning the haulers were kept on their toes throughout the morning.
McClaughrey Springs Woods Sunday October 1
Diana had a small group cutting and burning brush near the yellow/purple trail junction. They included Darius, who made his first Palos visit the previous day, and first-time Palos volunteer Christine, previously seen on several occasions at Sundown Meadow. We always appreciate new faces at our restoration days - new friends are silver, old ones are gold.
Little Red Schoolhouse Art and Craft Fair, Sunday October 1
We spent six hours on Sunday engaging shoppers at the LRS Arts and Craft Fair on yet another beautiful fall day. Huge thanks to Julie, Janina, George, and Kathy for helping in this endeavor. Thanks also to everyone who stopped to chat with us - this is one of the ways we meet the new friends mentioned directly above.
Finally, thanks to Deborah, Karen, and all the staff at Little Red for their gracious hospitality. It's always a pleasure being there.
Solorio Academy at McClaughrey Springs, Wednesday October 4
AP Environmental Science instructor Greta Kringle brought 20 of her students for a combination water monitoring and restoration day. They were a delight, cutting and burning brush near Mill Creek. Regular volunteer Meredith started both of our fires and ably assisted with the students.
We're seeing more of these groups this year, with schools willing to bus them on field trips of this kind. One of the big losses of the COVID years was the loss of those student groups, who have done so much for us over the years.