Fox River Valley lecture series to kick off with safe salting, plus winter recreation

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ST. CHARLES – The River Corridor Foundation of St. Charles and The Conservation Foundation are partnering to sponsor a five-part lecture series on the Fox River.

The goal of the presentations is to help educate those who live within the Fox River watershed about life (historical, cultural and natural) in the Fox River valley, according to a news release from the River Corridor Foundation. It is offered as part of a new community outreach initiative of the River Corridor Foundation.

The pilot series kicks off in January. A different topic with guest speakers will be offered each month through May.

Should it prove to be popular, the organizers already have more topics in mind and welcome ideas from the public. The St. Charles Park District will host the programs each month from 7 to 8 p.m. in the multipurpose room of the Pottawatomie Community Center, 8 North Ave., St. Charles.

Mark your calendars for the following programs and dates:

Jan. 15: Safe Salting for Ice and Snow: Have We Found the Holy Grail?– Trish Beckjord, The Fox River Initiative, The Conservation Foundation

Feb. 19: Winter Birds of the Fox River: How Are They Doing? What Are We Seeing? Bob and Kathy Andrini, Kane County Audubon

March 18: Fox River Dams: Should We Live With Them? Can We Live Without Them? Deanna Doohaluk, Water Quality Scientist and Watershed Project Manager, The Conservation Foundation, and Karen Clementi, Interim Regulatory and Public Outreach Manager, Fox Metro Water Reclamation District

April 15: Coyotes to Bees: Wildlife of the Fox River Valley, Pam Otto, Author and Outreach Ambassador, St. Charles Park District, Member-Natural Resources Commission

May 20: Why We Need the Fox River Brook McDonald, President and CEO, The Conservation Foundation