Autumn at Willow Springs Woods, Saturday October 12
We had 18 walkers on our tour of the preserve, this despite the windy, rather cool morning we were handed. Thanks to all who came, including our volunteers who worked cutting brush and switched roles when the walk began. That includes first-time Palos volunteers Julia and Su, as well as Ben - someone we met just a week ago at Little Red Schoolhouse, who brought his wife, daughter, and chainsaw. Super!
Some good work got done and we got to show the beauty of the site to a group of new people, we always enjoy sharing in this way.
Scouts at Busse Woods Saturday October 12
Rich Welge invited us to Busse Woods for a huge scouting event, with many hundreds of scouts camping overnight and a total of ~ 4,500 people registered. We went to spread the word about restoration in our area; Rich was instrumental in helping connect us with scout leaders from the southern part of the county.
Hidden Pond Woods Sunday October 13
We had a bit of a slow start (and an interesting hike in), but once we got rolling our small group cleared a substantial amount of honeysuckle from a spot near the northwest edge of the prairie. We had no trouble getting and keeping the fire going, with a brisk breeze and decent humidity to help it along. Thanks to Jesse, Joe, Jei, Cyndi and Kathy for their stellar efforts!
Cap Sauers Holding Sunday October 13
Jei, Kathy and Cyndi made their second appearance of the day at Cap Sauers, helping Bob drag and burn a host of cut honeysuckle from a couple months back. The dried fuel burned even quicker than the green stuff we handled in the morning, and another small crew did another outstanding job.
Thanks to first-time Palos volunteers Erin and her son for their help today!