Brook McDonald

Turning The Focus To The Fox

Conservation Foundation President and CEO Brook McDonald

Conservation Foundation President and CEO Brook McDonald

More than 25 years ago, First Light host Brian O’Keefe and Conservation Foundation President and CEO Brook McDonald paddled a canoe down a stretch of the West Branch of The DuPage River. It was an opportunity to see the effect of an annual clean-up project along county’s namesake stream. Thanks to the DuPage River Sweep, land preservation efforts along the river, and a massive project to restore the natural flow of the stream water quality has been greatly improved. This week, the Naperville based Conservation Foundation kicked off an awareness campaign to address concerns along the Fox River. Brian and Brook didn’t get the canoe back on the water; but they did talk about the new effort

The dam in St. Charles is one of 19 on the waterway between the Illinois-Wisconsin state line and Ottawa

The dam in St. Charles is one of 19 on the waterway between the Illinois-Wisconsin state line and Ottawa

Research Hopes To Crack The Mystery of Monarch Butterflies

It’s the time of year, when you may notice a flash of orange and black wings among your flower garden on in the region’s open spaces. The return of summer means the return of Monarch butterflies to Chicago area, while they’re instantly recognizable, they are also a mystery. First Light host Brian O'Keefe has the story

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Philadelphia's Eagles Have Nothing On Illinois Eagles

Conservation Foundation CEO Brook McDonald leads a hike through the Dayton Bluffs in Ottawa

Conservation Foundation CEO Brook McDonald leads a hike through the Dayton Bluffs in Ottawa

One week before the Super Bowl, eagles were getting special attention across north-central Illinois. Several conservation groups gathered at Starved Rock State Park last weekend for a celebration of bald eagles. Increasingly, you don’t have to go to either Illinois River or Mississippi River communities to see the national symbol. First Light host Brian O'Keefe joined the Naperville based Conservation Foundation for a hike through a natural area it owns in Ottawa.

Entrance to Dayton Bluffs Preserve off Hwy 71 in Ottawa

Entrance to Dayton Bluffs Preserve off Hwy 71 in Ottawa

Conservation Foundation Merges With Green Earth Institute

For 45 years…the Naperville based Conservation Foundation has worked to preserve and maintain open space in Dupage County. More recently…the group has expanded its mission to the other collar counties and even some of the ‘ring around the collar’ counties. At the beginning of this year…the Conservation Foundation announced a merger with The Green Earth Institute…an organization dedicated to promoting the benefit of locally grown food. First Light host Brian O'Keefe sat down with Conservation Foundation CEO Brook McDonald and Green Earth’s Steve Tiwald to discuss merger

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