We came back to Willow West, working near Fairmount Cemetery, as is our recent habit around Halloween. We were joined by a group of students from Evergreen Park High School Science Club, led by Kathy Augustyn and Anna Tsoukatos.
The day was stunning, the sunshine showing colors to maximum effect. Lots of maples out there, some of them creeping quite aggressively into the uplands, but they sure look pretty for a short time in autumn.
We worked above, around, and within a ravine that divides the preserve, clearing and burning honeysuckle. In addition the the Evergreen Park group, we had first-timers Dave and Dylan. Our thanks to them, to all who came, for a productive day.
Recent Wednesdays have been rainy, this one no exception. To our good fortune the first showers were brief, passed by, and allowed us to work until noon as scheduled. We are concentrating on the ravine in the southeast corner, clearing to the west and south, towards 119th Street and the school.
Bob Schwaan's enthusiasm is terrific. He works incessantly; at the end of the day we have to pry the tools from his hands. His advocacy is equally impressive. He has brought volunteers from two of his other activities, the Master Naturalist program and Trail Watch. Bob also contributes pictures, like the group shot below. Thanks also to first-timers Paula, Josh, and Cassie.