A small group of volunteers wandered from Boomerang Slough, to Hogwash, and eventually to the woodland. Most areas were happily light on thistles and other invasives, and even the thistles we found were not prolific flower and seed producers.
Hidden Pond July 9
We walked the edge of the site along Kean Avenue, pulling melilotus, clipping thistle and teasel heads, and taking a short tour of the prairie where a number of lovely natives displayed their blooms. Very nice, and a good showing of volunteers on a Sunday that started out cool and heated up considerably by noon.
Paddock Woods July 12
Under threat of storms, we worked until 10:30 and broke through a line of brush to 119th Street on the south end of the site. The "Good Timing" medal goes to Doug Chien for choosing to call it a day when he did; we heard rumbles of thunder on the walk back and reached the parking lot just as the serious rain began.