Revisiting the site we worked last week, we had a super day, pushing the honeysuckle almost all the way to the prairie!
Great turnout too, with new volunteers Chad and Peggy (who returned to Cap Sauers the next day), Ray and Jaden from Trinity U., and almost newbie Eric (who also came to Hidden Pond the next day), the Friends of the Forest Preserves crew plus alumnus Ginger. I counted 24 people total.
Two brush-cutters again - until the handle on one fatigued and snapped - and a couple of chain saws as well. We had an extra-good feeling walking out knowing how much was accomplished. Thanks to all for a job well done!
Hidden Pond Sunday April 8
We had another excellent showing on Sunday, including new volunteers Troy from Loyola U. and Nancy who came with Eric. Near-calm meant no brush pile burn - luckily a bright April sun took the edge off the 20-something temps that greeted us.
We started the morning cutting honeysuckle along the NW edge of the prairie; later on steward Mary Busch led volunteers in distributing seed collected last fall.
Cap Sauers Holding Sunday April 8
After all the preceding activity, we had another half-dozen volunteers out at Cap in the afternoon, including Chad and Peggy on their second Palos outing of the weekend. They cleared a peninsula of brush, as Bob Arentz described it, and improved the view on a hillside where he's directed his recent efforts.
Pelicans in Palos
Last weekend Kevin Coyote-Trust posted some terrific pictures of pelicans seen on Maple Lake. I was fortunate to see some mid-week, not sure how long they'll hang now that warmer temps are, at least briefly, upon us. Lovely birds, a triumph of function over form.