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Symposium on Fox River to focus on importantance, diversity

Panel of scientists, educators, ecologists to share insight

A bald eagle flies over the Fox River near downtown Batavia on Jan. 18.
A bald eagle flies over the Fox River near downtown Batavia on Jan. 18.

“A Fox River Testimony” symposium shares the river’s importance and diversity to the northern Illinois region

The public is welcome to join a panel of scientists, educators, and ecologists as they share their expertise and appreciation for the Fox River and its associated landscapes at “A Fox River Testimony: A Community Symposium,” from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Nov. 8 in the Crimi Auditorium at Aurora University, 1315 Prairie St., Aurora, the Conservation Foundation announced in a news release.

This discussion is being offered in conjunction with an exhibit of the same name of Fox River paintings by plein air artist Joel Sheesley, created in partnership with The Conservation Foundation.

Those attending will learn about the land area that drains to the Fox River and the vibrant natural communities that are dependent upon its health from these panelists:

• Stephen Pescitelli, natural resources advanced specialist with the Illinois Department of Natural Resources
• Steven Byers, field representative, Illinois Nature Preserves Commission
• Richard Boniak, associate professor of Environmental & General Sciences, George Williams College, Lake Geneva, Wis.
• Karen Ann Miller, executive planner, Kane County Development and Community Service Department
• Angie Tornes, Wisconsin field office manager and Great Lakes states manager, National Park Service

The Fox River has been a source of life and the backbone of communities on multiple levels for more than 200 years and contributes to the quality of life enjoyed by those living in the region which is also dependent upon the health of the river, the release stated.

The exhibit, “A Fox River Testimony,” is on display through Friday, December 14 at the Schingoethe Center at Aurora University and consists of 73 original oil paintings done over a two-year period along the 80-mile stretch of the river from Dundee down to Ottawa.

The exhibit will be open for viewing following the symposium until 4 p.m. The Conservation Foundation is partnering with the Schingoethe Center and Aurora University for this exhibit and for the community symposium.

Registration is required and can be made online by visiting
alumni.aurora.edu under Events, Arts and Ideas.

The Conservation Foundation is one of the region’s oldest and largest not-for-profit land and watershed conservation organizations, with more than 4,000 members.

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