Highlights and News

“Slow Down, You Move Too Fast…”

I thought the opening line of Simon and Garfunkel’s “Feeling Groovy (59th Street Bridge Song)” was an appropriate title for my contribution for this month’s “Reflections on the Fox” column.  It’s been my motto in birding and fishing for a long, long time but even more so now that my mobility has been limited lately … Read more

A Good Buddy and Good Friend of the Fox

This year’s Friends of the Fox River Canoe Raffle boat was generously donated by renowned canoe maker Ted Bell, a childhood friend of Friends of the Fox River Board Member, Chuck Roberts. Ted and Chuck grew up in Crawfordsville, IN, and Sugar Creek meandered through their small town. Chuck remembers that since it was a … Read more

Sing With the Cicadas

Kermit said, “It’s not easy being green.” Indeed, it must be difficult to be a frog. Hatching from an egg underwater into a plump tadpole with tiny arms, no legs, and a wiggling tail probably is a welcome sight to a long list of potential predators. Then as with other amphibians they transform gills to … Read more

Tiny Trash – What can we do about plastic waste? 

In 1969, an oil slick caught fire on the Cuyahoga River in Cleveland, Ohio near my home. This was the 13th time that the river had become engulfed in flames. My mom and I marched in protest, although I don’t remember it and I didn’t really march because she was pushing me in a stroller.  … Read more

Who You Gonna Call?

The Fox River does not have a voice and relies on people and organizations, its watershed community of caretakers, to advocate on its behalf.  A foamy situation On March 8, 2024 an electrical malfunction in the fire suppression system at Flint Group in Batavia, IL caused firefighting foam to be discharged outside the building. The … Read more

So Many Ways to Be a Better Friend

Spring is in full swing. Those spring ephemerals are in glorious bloom, and folks are getting more active with outdoor activities. Friends of the Fox River (FOTFR) just wrapped up the spring friend-raising and fundraising drive. Many Friends took the prompt to spring forward with their financial support and others to sign up to emerge … Read more

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

Our Board of Directors Welcomes Cynthia Kanner

On a beautiful, autumn day in the year 2000, I took a walk through the woods along a footpath not far from a home that my husband and I were considering in Algonquin. We were moving from Flagstaff, Arizona where we had lived for just two years. (Prior to that I was living in Washington, … Read more

Spring Emergence

The first day of spring is a day on the calendar, but we know that it is a long process requiring good timing and resilience if you are an emerging plant. Friends of the Fox River  (FOTFR) has selected the onset of spring to be our period of emerging growth. For FOTFR, April and May … Read more