On Monday we had a break from our usual adventures in Cowles bog. We traveled to a park near Chicago to assist with a volunteer event with the SCA Tour 40 team. We were very excited to see the team and learn more about their projects. We spent the day doing trail work and removing invasive plant species alongside volunteers from Southwest Airlines.
On Tuesday, we were back in Cowles bog planting native plant species. We were pleased to find the heat wave had broken. We had pleasant planting weather all week with temperatures in the mid-eighties. We spent the remainder of the week touching up areas of Cowles bog that needed attention. With the end of the work season approaching we decided to shorten hitch leader duration to two days, giving everyone on the team an opportunity to be a hitch leader one more time.
Over the weekend we had an opportunity to see more of the area as we hiked trails in the state park with the biotech Krystal. We also visited the nature center and saw the Massassuaga rattle snake in captivity. It was great to see more of the area’s beautiful natural resources.