by Carl Strang
The drought we have been experiencing this summer in Illinois has taken its toll on the marshes at Mayslake Forest Preserve. On Monday of last week I took a panorama series of the stream corridor marsh to show how small the pool had become.
At that point the pool was perhaps 30 feet wide and 50 feet long, but only inches deep. By Friday it was nearly gone.
Monday of this week, but a puddle remained.
On Tuesday it was gone.
The basin was punctuated by the whitened shells of crayfish.
Some residents could emigrate easily, some could bury themselves and become dormant, but others could not, and when the water eventually returns the community will need to reconstruct itself.