Saturday July 31: Invasive species control

24 Jul

Please join us on Saturday July 31 from 9-11 am to control some of the invasive species that frequent the dunes at Rainbow Beach.  We will specifically focus on white and yellow sweetclover, to prevent these mature plants from contributing seeds to next year’s crop, and also cottonwood seedlings, before they have a chance to establish a strong hold in the soil and become much harder to eradicate.

This workday will be led by Paul Grabowski and Robbie Shymanski, both stewards very familiar with Rainbow Beach Dunes, and familiar faces to some of you!

Note that parking meters have been established in both the Rainbow Beach parking lots, but you can easily avoid this by walking, biking or taking public transit.  However, if you need to come by car, the Chicago Park District will provide temporary parking permits for the duration of the workday, so don’t let the cost of parking deter you from participating!

Rainbow Beach is located at 3111 E. 77th St.  By foot, walk east from South Shore Dr. on 77th St.  By car, enter from 79th St., go past the water treatment plant, and park in the first parking lot.  The nature area is at the southern end of the beach. Meet at the Rainbow Beach Fieldhouse. Tools and equipment will be provided, but please bring water and dress appropriately for the weather. Contact Alison Anastasio at alison.anastasio[at]gmail.com for questions and to RSVP.

*Mark your calendar!*
Other upcoming workdays at Rainbow Beach:
Saturday September 25, 7-9 am – Bird Walk

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