Sunday October 2, McClaughrey Springs and Cap Sauers Holding
Weather still played a role on Sunday, despite skies that were clearing throughout the morning. This time it was the wind, more specifically, the lack of it. To burn brush piles, we need a minimum wind of 5 mph for smoke dispersal. We did not have it, so volunteers cut and stacked honeysuckle for burning at a later date.
Diana had a great turnout for her morning at McClaughrey and was thrilled with the work they did. Three of the volunteers who worked with her, first-timers, then moved on to Cap Sauers in the afternoon.
At Cap Sauers, those three joined four students from Whitney Young HS making seven of the ten volunteers present on a restoration day for the first time. We hope they enjoyed it and tell their friends about their day!
For several years we have been fortunate to host restoration days as part of Moraine Valley Community College's staff volunteer day. One group of MVCC staff came to Spears Woods with Joe Neumann and Douglas Chien, another to Paddock Woods with Diana Krug and Teri Radke.
The Moraine Valley crews always dive right in and this year was no different. We removed honeysuckle from quite a sizeable patch at Paddock and had two serious brush piles burning. I'm told the work at Spears went equally well.
Our thanks to the college for their program of giving back to the community, and to those individuals who chose habitat restoration as their form of service.
We returned for our regular Paddock Wednesday, working adjacent to the area cleared a day earlier and extending it north along the trail.
Thanks to first-timers Jessica and Kirsten, to Brenda, Tyrone, and Gloria from Friends of the Forest Preserves. Thanks to Doug Chien for organizing these days, to Wednesday regulars Bob and Jim, to almost-newbie Charee and Palos veteran Doug B. for participating.