Friends of Hackmatack National Wildlife Refuge
Featured Guests & Speakers

Laura Barghusen

Guest Presenter at the Friends of Hackmatack NWR Virtual Annual Meeting 2021:
Saving North America’s Most Endangered Organisms-Freshwater Mussels

laura-barghusenLaura is the Aquatic Ecologist at Openlands and works with local, regional, and state governments, communities, and other stakeholders to connect people to the waterways of northeastern Illinois through open space and water trail planning, biological monitoring of rivers and streams, legal and policy work, education, and events. Laura is a co-author of A Field Guide to the Freshwater Mussels of Chicago Wilderness. Laura holds a BA in History from the University of Chicago, an MS in Zoology from Miami University, and an MA in Environmental Geography from the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Shawn Graff

Guest Presenter at the Friends of Hackmatack NWR Annual Gathering 2023

Maggie Zoellner Shawn Graff leads American Bird Conservancy conservation programs and projects in the Great Lakes region and coordinates fundraising and building high level relationships with public and private partners and conservation stakeholders. He helps oversee the forest management grants in the region with a special emphasis on leading ABC’s effort to restore habitat for the Golden-winged Warbler in Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Michigan.

Prior to joining ABC, he served for 14 years as the Executive Director of the Ozaukee Washington Land Trust. At the Land Trust, Shawn directed the preservation programs, and was responsible for all aspects of organizational development including fund development, membership, education and outreach, land stewardship and conservation.

Shawn has extensive experience in consulting local governments, foundations and non-profit organizations on fundraising, site planning, habitat restoration, historic preservation and long-range planning. He holds a Masters of Art in Art History from UW-Milwaukee and focused much of his research on historic preservation, American Indian cultural arts and city planning.

Kentaro Inoue

Guest Presenter at the Friends of Hackmatack NWR Virtual Annual Meeting 2021:
Saving North America’s Most Endangered Organisms-Freshwater Mussels 

kentaro-inoueKentaro is an Evolutionary and Conservation Biologist who joined the Shedd Aquarium’s Daniel P. Haerther Center for Conservation and Research in 2019. Inoue leads freshwater mussel research in the Great Lakes region to understand how human activities and environmental change affect current mussel diversity. Previously he studied mussels in Texas and Europe. Kentaro earned a PhD in zoology from Miami University and M.S. in environmental sciences and a BS in wildlife ecology and management from Arkansas State University.

Cindi Jablonski

Guest Presenter at the Friends of Hackmatack NWR Virtual Annual Meeting 2021:
Saving North America’s Most Endangered Organisms-Freshwater Mussels 

Cindi JablonskiCindi is the McHenry County Conservation District’s Wildlife Ecologist. She worked with the Illinois Natural Areas Inventory Update, evaluating natural areas in the 18 northernmost counties in Illinois before coming to work at the District in 2012. Cindi received a BS in Biology from Northeastern Illinois University in Chicago and MS in Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana.

Dr. Joy O’Keefe

Guest Presenter at the Friends of Hackmatack NWR Spring Gathering 2023:
Hackmatack NWR is Batty for Bats

Dr. Joy O'KeefeDr. Joy O’Keefe is an assistant professor and wildlife Extension specialist in Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences at the University of Illinois Urbana Champaign. Joy studies endangered bats in landscapes where bats intersect with human activity, deriving new information about bat biology and ecology, and identifying strategies to facilitate coexistence of bats and humans.

Chad Pregracke

Guest Presenter at the Friends of Hackmatack NWR Fall Gathering 2022:
Chad is the founder of Living Lands & Waters, and 2013 CNN Hero of the Year

Chad PregrackeChad has become the champion for the Mississippi River. Growing up on its banks, he worked as a commercial shell diver, experiencing the river from the bottom up. Sometimes spending 10 hours a day in the depths and current of pitch black waters, he crawled nearly 150 miles of river bottom over 6 years. He saw its beauty and was frustrated by the neglect. At the age of 17, he decided to clean it up. 23 years later, Chad and his Living Lands & Waters crew have organized and led over 1200 community clean-ups on 23 rivers in 21 states, and removed over 11 millions pounds of garbage.

Maggie Zoellner

Guest Presenter at the Friends of Hackmatack NWR Spring Gathering 2023:
Hackmatack NWR is Batty for Bats

Maggie Zoellner Maggie has managed natural resources in Illinois and Wisconsin for the past 35 years. Among her accomplishments is serving as the executive director of Kettle Moraine Land Trust, natural resource manager for DuPage and Lake County Forest preserve districts in northern Illinois, and park manager for the Wisconsin DNR.

Maggie currently spends her time mucking around in marshes and wetlands in southern Wisconsin, working for the Wisconsin Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) on their wetland easement programs.

She graduated from the University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point with a BS in Natural Resource Management with a Soils emphasis.

Friends of Hackmatack NWR

P.O. Box 413
Richmond, IL 60071

friendsofhackmatacknwr@gmail.com

 

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