Friends of Hackmatack

2015 Calendar of Events 
Our schedule has been set for the rest of the year
CLICK HERE for the full calendar in a pdf
All FOH Board Meetings at Lost Valley Visitor Center, Glacial Park, Ringwood IL, unless otherwise noted
December 8  FOH Gathering  7 PM
December 12  In Search of Eagles Event

In Search of Eagles along the Fox River
Eagles of Illinois Live Raptor Show

Saturday, December 12, 2015
Celebrate the return of eagles to the Fox River Valley with Hackmatack National Wildlife Refuge on Saturday, December 12.

9:00 am to 11:00 am  Representatives from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Friends of Hackmatack National Wildlife Refuge, Illinois Department of Natural Resources, and McHenry County Audubon will be on hand at four locations along the Fox River to help search for eagles and other birds using the waterway.

Volunteers and USFWS staff will be sharing views through spotting scopes and binoculars and helping novices identify the birds they see at the McHenry Dam, the Algonquin Dam, and the Carpentersville Dam in Illinois and at the Burlington Dam in Wisconsin.
Event Flyer             Maps to all locations HERE          
11:00 am-12:00 pm  After the outdoor excursions, the public is invited to enjoy free hot chocolate at the McHenry County Conservation District’s Prairieview Education Center in Crystal Lake, Illinois and learn more about eagles at free presentation with live raptors. 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.

Presented by the Illinois Raptor Center and sponsored by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

The Raptor Program is free but space is limited and registration is required.
To register, phone at 815-479-5779
Our Puzzle Fundraiser Goal was met!
Friends of Hackmatack NWR had pledged $10,000 to help Ducks Unlimited repay the money they used from their national loan fund to transfer their Wisconsin parcel to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, restored and ready to become part of Hackmatack National Wildlife Refuge.

The goal was met and a $10,000 check was presented to Ducks Unlimited
at our March 2015 meeting.   
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