We burned three log piles on a warm, breezy day, a two-water pack, two flapper kind of day. Sure, the fires were easy to start; we had to stay on our toes to make sure they stayed contained. We did and they did.
Thanks to first-time Palos volunteers Greg and Sheahan and to everyone who hauled wood and loaded the fires, as well as our crack fire suppression team. We worked the east side of Old Country Lane, across from a recently brush mowed section that was a prime "Before" example when showing volunteers the positive impact of restoration.
McClaughrey Springs Sunday April 4
We had at least a dozen volunteers at McClaughrey on Sunday morning, pushing back the honeysuckle line along Mill Creek, moving toward Route 83. At least two of those volunteers, Shannon and Dave, were first-timers in Palos. This is another area that's really opening up nicely.
In addition to our group, this site benefits from volunteers coming from both Shedd Aquarium and Curie High School.
Pelicans in Palos
Last week we had several reports of pelicans (see them in the slide show below), at Long John and Saganashkee Slough. In past years they've also visited Maple Lake. I don't know how far they've come, or where they're headed, but it's sure fun having 'em around for a short spell.