A weekend with no rain, what a blessing! We had another super group out, including three more students (and two parents) from Whitney Young freshman biology class. We continued to clear brush in the same area we've hit earlier this fall and it's looking great.
As noted in prior posts, this part of Willow Springs Woods is thick with the invasive bittersweet vine (Celastrus orbiculatus). This is the demon with pretty red berries and gold capsule, the one that crafters use to decorate wreaths and other creations. Don't do this! This is nasty, nasty stuff!
Hidden Pond Woods, Sunday December 9
On a 16-degree morning, we were greeted with almost no wind, which meant no brush pile burning. Not a problem for the vigorous group assembled on prairie's edge; bowsaws, loppers, and dragging generate lots of body heat if you keep moving. The bright sun also was a big help.
Big thank-yous to Nicole and Kevin from Volunteer Resources, new volunteers Maggie, Esperanza (and mom), and returnees Andrew, Dave, Laura, Zachary, Jean, and Kathy, and steward Mary. Great day, many feeder piles built for next time.