Friends of Hackmatack

Hackmatack National Wildlife Refuge Celebrates
 International Migratory Bird Day 2015  
Saturday, April 25    12 - 3:30 PM
  McHenry Dam, McHenry, IL
Sunday, April 26     12 - 3:30 PM
  Volo Bog State Natural Area
  Ingleside, IL
Service staff will join Illinois Department of Natural Resource’s International Migratory Bird Day festivities. There will be a lot of bird-based fun, including The Great Migration Challenge, Bird Bingo and JeopBirdy! We will have live banding on Sunday afternoon at Volo Bog.  
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 25     8:00 to 9:30 am
  Lost Valley Visitor Center
   Glacial Park,  Ringwood, Illinois

Sunday, April 26        8:00 to 9:30 am

  Four Seasons Nature Preserve
   Lake Geneva, Wisconsin

Service biologists will set up mist nets to band birds. 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) and practice their banding skills on duck decoys. The National Wildlife Refuge System mascot will be on hand for pictures.
Click HERE for details about International Migratory Bird Day events sponsored by the Illinois DNR.  
USFWS Press Release with details  
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 meeting. 
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