Friends of Hackmatack

Fall 2014 Update
September is upon us, and we are pleased to let you know of a number of upcoming Friends of Hackmatack National Wildlife Refuge (FOHNWR)’s activities.

Tuesday, September 9 6-8 PM— Join FOHNWR for our Fall Friends Gathering. All attendees will help create a collage of ideas and opportunities for the Hackmatack refuge in the areas of land stewardship, environmental education and outreach. Join us for this fun exercise that will help guide future activities of the Friends group! This meeting will be held at the Lost Valley Visitor Center in Glacial Park (Take Harts Rd off of Rt. 31 just south of Richmond, IL and follow the signs to the visitor center.) Light refreshments will be served.
Sunday, October 12 7 AM-4 PM—The Big Sit
U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, McHenry County Audubon, Illinois Department of Natural Resources and FOHNWR are participating in The Big Sit, an international birdwatching event. The concept is simplicity itself: find a good place for bird watching, sit in one spot and count all the bird species you see or hear. Join in the fun for as little or long as you like anytime on Sunday. We’ll be sitting near the Powers-Walker House at Glacial Park. Take Harts Rd off of Rt. 31 just south of Richmond, IL and follow the signs to the Powers-Walker House.
Birders—We need your expertise! Contact IDNR’s Stacy Iwanicki if you are willing to come help identify birds for an hour or two. We’d like 1-3 bird experts on site throughout the day. Stacy can be reached at or 815-344-1294.
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.
Friends Gatherings
The next Friends of Hackmatack gatherings are Tuesdays, September 9th and December 9th at 6:00 pm at Lost Valley Visitor Center at Glacial Park.
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