Friends of Hackmatack

Saturday, April 30th & Sunday, May 1st, 2016
We are celebrating International Migratory Bird Day with bird banding and family activities at three sites in northern Illinois and one in southern Wisconsin.
 Join us for family-friendly bird fun!
Saturday, April 30 and Sunday, May 1 from 8:00 am to 9:30 am
U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service biologists will set up mist nets to band birds
  Saturday: at Four Seasons Nature Preserve in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin
  Sunday: at McHenry County Conservation District’s Lost Valley Visitor Center
               in Glacial Park, Ringwood, Illinois

Watch a wildlife biologist capture, band, and release birds that are passing through the area on their way North. Kids can explore a simulated mist net (the birds are not real), practice their banding skills on duck decoys and learn about birds' wingspans and nests. 

Saturday, April 30 and Sunday, May 1 from Noon to 4 pm.
Service staff will join Illinois Department of Natural Resource’s International Migratory Bird Day festivities
  Saturday:  at McHenry Dam, McHenry, IL
  Sunday: at Volo Bog State Natural Area, Ingleside, IL

There will be a lot of bird-based fun, including The Great Migration Challenge, Bird Bingo and JeopBirdy!
2016 marks the centennial of the Migratory Bird Treaty between the United States and Canada. The Migratory Bird Treaty, and three others that followed, form the cornerstones of efforts to conserve birds that migrate across international borders. At all these festivities, you’ll learn how you can welcome migratory birds to your property as they return North each Spring.
Related links:
   More information on Migratory Bird Treaty 100
   Map showing the location of Four Seasons Nature Preserve
   Information and directions to Lost Valley Visitor Center
   Details about International Migratory Bird Day events sponsored by
         the Illinois DNR at McHenry Dam and Volo Bog
Our 2016 Calendar of Events 
Printable 2016 Calendar
International Migratory Bird Day celebration:
   April 30       
             Four Seasons Nature Preserve- USFWS birdbanding 8-9:30 am              McHenry Dam- USFWS birdbanding & other activities  Noon-4 pm
   May 1    
             LVVC- USFWS birdbanding 8-9:30 am
             Volo Bog- USFWS birdbanding & other activities Noon-4 pm  
May 10        FOH Board Meeting
June 14       FOH Friends Gathering
     Program: Twin Creeks Conservation Area Site Visit and Stream Monitoring
                  with Openlands and McHenry County Conservation District  
July 12        FOH Board Meeting
    August is Monarch Mania Month!
2016 Monarch Flyer
August 9     FOH Board Meeting
August 28   Monarch Family Fun Fair,Crystal Lake Main Beach Pavilion, 1-4 pm
Land Protection Growth:
Larger Map in pdf