On Earth Day we were treated to a cool, breezy day with several rounds of rain and/or graupel. Despite the weather we had a nice group, including first-time Palos volunteer Concepcion and several young men from Oak Lawn High School, finishing service hours for graduation.
We were back in the scrappy area from last visit, continuing to clean up behind winter's tree thinning. This meant some big fires and ample log-tossing for those so inclined. I believe we'll be back this week as there remains quite a bit of fuel on the ground and a tangled mess nearby.
Swallow Cliff Woods Sunday April 23
Another cool morning, this one with no rain and with sunlight reaching the ground. We had a big group (16), including first-time Palos volunteer Tony, and worked inside the trail loop, on the edge of an ephemeral pond that had chorus frogs crooning last time we were there.
Some of us worked along the edge of that pond, and others ranged farther afield, covering a pretty big area and taking out some tall, robust honeysuckles. In removing the honeysuckle, we also reduced pressure on several species of native shrubs growing in that area, a win-win by any standard.