Back to Tuma Lake with a huge group, actually multiple groups with multiple foci. Boy Scouts from Troop 216 of LaGrange Highlands did an Eagle project with steward Joe Neumann, installing erosion control barriers in a ravine that runs down to Tuma Lake. Congrats to Scout Brandon for his work on this important project which involved upwards of 50 Scouts and family members. Troop 216 is a large, very active, capably led group.
In addition to this activity we hosted a group of 18 from Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum's TEENS program, who cut and burned honeysuckle nearby. Many thanks to our FPCC stewardship aide, Cyndi Duda, for her leadership of this endeavor. Our usual corps of regular volunteers provided an able assist in both efforts.
Hidden Pond Woods Sunday November 10
Save a frog, hack a bucky: while the prairie is the focal point of much of our work at Hidden Pond, this time we were at the pond that gives the preserve its name. Cyndi Duda, scouting the site, found a number of buckthorns growing around the edge of the pond. Since buckthorn secretes a chemical that impairs amphibian development, she wanted to get rid of the invaders.
As we did! To avoid having multiple fires in a very public area, we dragged cut brush all the way around the pond, quite a long haul. Thanks to Dennis Kankowske for bringing his chainsaw south of I-55, to three of our Palos stewards (Bob, Diana, and Margaret), first-time Palos volunteer Kevin, second-timers Walter and Logan, to Jei, Ahmad, Mira, Gary, Kathy and the tireless Laura.
With any luck our efforts will result in more chirps, ribets, and trills come spring.