Friday, September 5, 2008

Collecting Chokecherries in the South Hills

The kids and I went to the South Hills with some homeschool friends to enjoy some beautiful fall weather and scenery. Our mission was to collect choke cherries to be used for riparian rehabilitation in overgrazed or overcamped river frontage.
We learned from the ranger that was overseeing the collection effort, that chokecherries provide good food and habitat for bears, raccoons and all kinds of birds.

Don't they look delicious? Well, they aren't. Sour isn't the right word- more like dry and bitter. But they looked very pretty in the collection buckets.

All that picking, climbing trees and wading in the creek, tuckered them out....

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