Volunteer Mike Kazaitis's birthday was coming so daughters Jennifer and Allison asked how he wanted to celebrate. Mike replied "Go to the woods" and brought both daughters, with husband and boyfriend, respectively, to help us at Willow Springs. Happy Birthday, Mike, and thanks for the gesture of support!
We also had 19 volunteers from the TEENS program at Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum and numerous others, a total of over 40. Good news for us, bad news for honeysuckle. We opened a large area along both sides of a creek running through the site.
Super day, thanks to all who attended!
Black Partridge Woods Sunday October 21
Hard to top the preceding day, but we did our best, with a team of 11 working near the old farm house site at Partridge, including several students and parents from Whitney Young HS.
Kathy Bruch led most of the group on a hunt for invasive stragglers, then brought them back to the brush pile site where we hauled and burned an accumulation of brush from a pair of earlier days. It was a great team effort and we got all the old cuttings on the fire.
Congratulations to Ginger Rubinstein who is officially a Stewardship Workday Leader with Forest Preserves of Cook County, and will lead volunteer restoration days at Swallow Cliff Woods. The next one is this Sunday, October 28 at 9 am - click the schedule tab on this website for details.
Congrats also to Andrew Meyer who did two observations for the Forest Preserves' Managing Invasives class last weekend.
There are numerous free classes available to volunteers through the Forest Preserves, a terrific way to expand your own base of knowledge while giving you another way to support our efforts. Click the following link to view the variety of classes offered.