Earth Day 2011
Volunteers planting seeds / Justin Pepper & Donna Hriljac
Earth Day was celebrated by the Northwest Cook County Group of Sierra Club this year on April 16th. Mother Nature showered us with light rain and wind that morning as over thirty hardy souls, including cub scouts and their fathers from Pack #209 in Palatine, prepared to plant the very important prairie seeds. Justin Pepper demonstrated the various methods for planting the seed. I was unaware of the many planting choices!
After an exhilarating morning of planting seed, everyone came back to the Headwaters Parking area for a warm lunch of pizza and sub sandwiches delivered by Wa-Pa-Ghetti's, located at 208 McHenry Road, Wheeling.
Mike Redmer, US Fish and Wildlife biologist in charge of habitat restoration, spoke at noon and shared his vision and goals for Spring Creek Forest Preserves and offered praise for the wonderful work that was on-going there. Justin Pepper from Audubon, Chicago Region, followed. He explained some of the studies of Spring Creek and discussed future plans for this wonderful Cook County Forest Preserve. Superintendent Arnold Randall, general superintendent of the Cook County Forest Preserves, took a tour lead by several stewards of Spring Creek. Shortly after they left on the tour, the wind picked up and the rain fell harder.
Thank you to Peter for making a wonderful connection with Wa-Pa-Ghetti's. The food was well-received and very reasonably priced. Thank you also to Barb Hill, Tom Borchard, Gary Salavitch and James McCarthy for the many services and tasks you accomplished that made his day memorable. Thanks also goes to Joan and Peter for taking pictures of this day. Special thanks belongs to the many stewards who share their expertise with us and also to Bill Koenig, Director of Volunteer Resources who supplied us with the necessary tools, picnic tables and support. Thank you all for braving the weather and helping plant these special seeds. Please come back to see them growing.
– by Donna Hriljac
– Photos by Peter Gorr and Joan Finley