by Carl Strang
For months now I have included a walk into the center of the stream corridor marsh at Mayslake Forest Preserve in my weekly rounds. When would water return? As I have documented this past year, the drought dried up the marsh, with the last surface water vanishing in mid-July.
The open mud quickly filled with a tall dense growth of an opportunistic plant, the river bulrush.
A recent all-day rain finally brought a little water into the marsh, as I discovered last week.
Not much yet, but it’s a start. I’m hoping to see the marsh full by spring, and will be interested in following its repopulation.