I missed this one due to another obligation, using Kathy Bruch's account and Doug Bosco's FB post/photos. The main target was bull thistle, aka the thistle whose thorns get through almost anything. Ouch! Aside from the clippers there were a couple backpack sprayers joining the fray, which will be repeated this Saturday, September 3. We're getting near the end of weed season.
Swallow Cliff Woods Sunday August 28
This was the first of our three dates collaborating with Forest Preserves of Cook County, Citgo, and National Recreation and Park Association. We collected seed in the south woodland, bottlebrush grass, woodland brome, a bit of silky rye, and several forbs.
And yes! We had several finds of doll's eyes, always a high point of these dates (at least to this correspondent). We also had a good turnout, including five first-time Palos volunteers; Jared, Brian, Dan, Jesse, and John. A big thanks to Kris DaPra for obtaining the grant, Emily Russell for leading the day, and Diana Krug who toted a backpack sprayer for several hours while we did our seed hunt.