Collaboration Refurbishes Baker’s Lake Rookery

2_10_2014_Bakers_TreesUnder the direction of engineering consultant Robert Sliwinski, who designed the Baker’s Lake Rookery, Citizens for Conservation volunteers Karl Humbert, Steve Halm, Andrew Novak, John Schweizer and Helen Sheyka recently braved the chill on wind-whipped Baker’s Lake Island, freshening the nesting sites with last month’s Christmas trees from the Village of Barrington.  Village public works personnel delivered the trees to the Hillside Avenue parking area. Cook County Forest Preserve personnel lashed the trees together and drove them out on thick ice to the island, where the volunteers trimmed and installed them vertically or laid them about.

According to Jeff Rapp, Director of Crabtree Nature Center who led the Forest Preserve personnel, from 80 to 100 trees were taken out to the island to provide fresh nesting supports and sites.