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“My mother always said that she swallowed a lot of Fox River water during her pregnancy with me. So the Fox River is truly in my DNA,”
Daryl Christensen was born and raised on the banks of the Upper Fox River in Montello where his boyhood days were spent exploring, fishing, swimming and helping his grandfather and lock tender, Jack Wheaton with his boat rental and bait shop business. His love for the beauty of the Fox and its wealth of fish and wildlife, especially birds, was instilled in him at an early age from both his grandfather as well as his father, Alan Christensen, the Montello Postmaster.
“My mother always said that she swallowed a lot of Fox River water during her pregnancy with me. So the Fox River is truly in my DNA,” the author and birding guide said in a recent interview. “You just don’t grow up on a river, you become part of it – connected to it. It’s part of your life-blood.
Christensen has guided fishermen and birders on the river and connecting waterways for more than four decades. His mother, Delilas, at 85, still lives on the river. “She is planted there like one of the giant cottonwood trees that line the riverbank. Her roots go deep. I’ve birded and fished most of the North American continent in my lifetime, but my favorite place to go is still in our family’s backyard on the grassy banks of the Fox River in Montello.”