Friends of the Fox River

No Clean Water No Good Beer (or Wine)

Join us for our 7th annual FUNdraiser at Bandito Barney’s in East Dundee. Your admission gains you tickets for samples of craft beer and wine PLUS appetizers. Enjoy mingling with other river lovers and try your luck at our great raffle for prizes from local businesses including bike shops, restaurants, hair designers, food purveyors and … Read more

June is a Time to Fine-tune

It has been said that folks in Illinois don’t complain about the weather for only two of the twelve months, those being June and September. Now behind us is the excitement of the ephemeral blooms on woodland forest floors, the brief visits of migrating bird travelers, and the challenges of big swings in unpredictable weather. … Read more

You Get What You Give

By Jenni Schiavone Giving Tuesday is today It’s the time of year when opportunities to give to benevolent causes are as abundant and noticeable as all of the brightly colored wrapping paper rolls in shop windows.  For your contemplation today is this old saying, “You get what you give.” In other words, the cause you … Read more

Friend Feature: Maureen and Larry Huey Go Native! 

By Jenni Schiavone, Friends of the Fox River Lead Educator Batavia residents and Friends of the Fox River members Maureen and Larry Huey recently took a giant leap. These passionate and active environmentalists invested in the conversion of their entire Fox River waterfront property from mowed turf to native plants. Maureen and Larry’s inspiration came from … Read more

2021 Canoe Raffle package

2021 Canoe Raffle

Friends of the Fox River is raffling off this beautiful Old Town Camper canoe with 2 matching paddles and lifejackets to raise funds to support a year round environmental education program for schools and the general public.

Gary Swick and Otter Creek Middle School

Finding Our Way in a Changing Landscape

By Gary Swick, FOFR President Returning to familiar but different landscapes is commonplace for life in the natural world. Most bird species migrate in the fall; their return in the spring is both an investment in what was there last fall and a gamble that what is needed for survival will still be accessible. The … Read more

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Spring and Friends of the Fox River Are Ready to Bloom

By Gary Swick, FOFR President Spring emergence During a Midwestern winter, nature is not dead but merely conserving energy. It is challenging for humans experiencing frigid temperatures and deep snow cover to understand that soon signs of life will vigorously emerge from the roots of plants and the insect eggs lying in the soil. Likewise, … Read more

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The Issue With Tissue

By Pat Brady, DivvyBack Managing Partner “Figures don’t lie but liars figure” is a piece of modern wisdom passed on through the pen of Mark Twain. I wonder what he would say about our modern world today? There is no lack of ironies so I suppose he would have a great time. Let’s see if … Read more

Friends of the Fox River Annual Meeting

Members are welcome. The purpose of this meeting is the election of directors. A slate of directors will be presented by the nominating committee (staff) and voted on by the members present. Voting members are those whose membership dues are not in arrears on the last day of November.   After the annual meeting, the … Read more

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Voting With Your Wallet

By Pat Brady, DivvyBack Tired of talking about voting?  You betcha.  However, I’m talking about the powerful vote each of us has to make environmental change in the world.  If you don’t like the Earth warming up or our waters polluted, you can “vote” for change through your purchasing behavior.  The emotionless marketing engine of … Read more