Friends of Hackmatack

 Upcoming Events:
Tuesday, December 9, 2014,  7—8:30 pm
 Holiday Friends Gathering
 Lost Valley Visitor Center, Glacial Park on Harts Rd, west off of Rt. 31, north of
   Ringwood, IL  NOTE: if it is snowing, this event is cancelled.
 • Year in Review in photos
 • Introduction of new board members
 • Recap of our September input gathering session and solicitation of
    members for 2015 committees
 • Tom Simpson, MCCD Research Field Station Ecologist, will talk about his
    research on oak reproduction
 • Hackmatack Youth Conservation Crew leader Greg Rajsky will tell about
   the crew’s work this past summer
 • 2014 Special Recognition Awards
Saturday, December 13, 2014,  9 am to Noon        FLYER      MAP
 In Search of Eagles
Winter brings new sights to the Hackmatack region. Join us on Saturday December 13 as we celebrate the eagles who are making their home with us this winter.

From 9 - 11 am, join us In Search of Eagles - along the Fox River at McHenry Dam, Algonquin Dam & Carpentersville Dam. Representatives from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, McHenry County Conservation District, Friends of Hackmatack Wildlife Refuge, Illinois Department of Natural Resources and McHenry County Audubon will be on hand at each location to help in the search for eagles. Volunteers will have scopes and binoculars available for use. Visit the site closest to you, or visit all three!  Maps to the three locations are available HERE. Hotlink to maps page.

After the outdoor excursions, enjoy some free hot chocolate at the Prairieview Education Center at 2112 Behan Rd, Crystal Lake and learn more about eagles in our area through crafts and activities.
Also on December 13th: REGISTER NOW for a special free, 1-hour presentation “Eagles of Illinois” with live raptors from the Illinois Raptor Center from 11 am - Noon at Prairieview Education Center! You will meet two kinds of eagles (Bald and Golden) so you can see the power and beauty of these truly magnificent birds of prey. You will also see other birds of prey that are commonly misidentified as eagles.  The program is free, but space is limited and registration is required.
To register, go online at or register by phone at 815-479-5779.   Presented by the Illinois Raptor Center and sponsored by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
Friends of Hackmatack National Wildlife Refuge is looking for people interested in serving on the Friends’ Board of Directors.
If you are interested, please fill out this application form and email it to  Our Nominating Committee will contact you for an interview.
Sedge Meadow
Our first section of land
Contained within the 12-acre easement that is the first piece of land protected as Hackmatack NWR is an unplowed sedge meadow, a unique wetland community occupying the broad floodplain of Slough Creek. Dominated by tussock forming plants called sedges and supporting colorful wildflowers such as Spotted Joe Pyeweed and Boneset, this parcel is a living history book, illustrating what the new Hackmatack National Wildlife Refuge may have looked like on the eve of settlement 180 years ago. It is home to rare plants, butterflies and wetland songbirds.
Read the January 11, 2013 USFWS press release on the establishment of the refuge HERE.
For a map showing the location of this first easement, click HERE