Tom Schrader

Reflections on the Solar Eclipse

On Monday, April 8, 2024, I travelled approximately 260 miles to east central Indiana to view the first total solar eclipse I have seen.  I had been looking forward to this event since the last eclipse in 2017 that occurred while I was working at the College of DuPage.  I didn’t have the opportunity to … Read more

A Red-letter Day

Tuesday, March 26, 2024 is a day I’ll remember for a long time!  For on that day, I checked off one of the items I’ve aspired to on my personal birding bucket list: seeing and photographing a Whooping Crane!  I had seen a Whooping Crane flying with a flock of Sandhills back in March of … Read more

“Whoooo” is Out on the Illinois Prairie this Winter?

I still am, but not the Snowy Owls! Regular readers of this space know that I enjoy looking for Snowy Owls during the winter months.  Over the last several years I have enjoyed searching for, and finding, these beautiful visitors from the Arctic North.  This winter has been no exception, at least in the searching … Read more

The Great Crane Migration

It’s the most wonderful time of the year!  As we enter the holiday season, the birding scene in the Fox River Valley has undergone some dramatic changes since the warmer months of summer and fall.  The leaves have fallen from the trees and most of the birds that migrate south for the winter have left … Read more

The Green Heron: One of the Fox River’s More Intelligent Birds

I’ve always loved to come across a Green Heron when I’m on the river fishing or hiking in a riverside forest preserve.  These interesting herons are less frequent sights than their larger cousins, the Great Blue Heron and the Great Egret in our area.  These beautiful birds have been on the decline over the last … Read more

A New Year Class of Bald Eagles

As I write this article in early July, I’m celebrating the beginning of a wonderful Independence Day weekend for our country, but also the emergence from the nest of a new-year-class of Bald Eagles. They are making their debut in the skies over the Fox River watershed!  I have been closely following the progress of … Read more