One group took a walking tour of Willow while other volunteers cut and burned honeysuckle near the parking lot. The walkers (several of them students from Whitney Young, plus parents, and Willow Springs resident Jeff) came back to the lot and spent their final hour helping cut. It was a terrific turnout and we got a big chunk of land cleared of invasives. Thanks to all who helped!
Hidden Pond Woods Sunday October 14
Brian Sievers of Shepard HS in Palos Heights brought ~20 students to Hidden Pond, where we continued to clear brush along the southwest edge of the prairie. We also burned off an accumulation of cut brush from prior sessions.
In addition to this great crew from Shepard, we were blessed by the presence of Landon and Niah from Oak Lawn HS, Leslie (and mom) from Whitney Young, Jean, Kathy, Andrew, and steward Mary Busch!
Cap Sauers Holding Sunday October 14
Bob had another good group at his site Sunday afternoon, 11 volunteers total including Kathy Bruch who doubled up am & pm.
'Tis the season for brushcutting and they hit a bunch of honeysuckles in their afternoon session.
McClaughrey Springs Wednesday October 17
Diana hosted 30 Curie HS students, part of her ongoing partnership with the school. They break up into small groups and rotate through chemistry, biology, physics, and restoration tasks. They were a delightful group who worked well, and Manny is a bow saw rock star.
Nature Walk With a Librarian, Black Partridge, October 18
We had a small group and a fine time, walking along the creek at Black Partridge. At the onset we saw FPCC ecologist Kristin Pink busily tagging native shrubs in the low area near the creek. Kristin is a terrific partner, as is Jessica Rock from Palos Park Public Library. Always a pleasure hanging out with Jessica and library patrons.
The final walk of 2018 will be at Swallow Cliff Woods South on Thursday November 15. Join us if you can.