Who we are

We are The Friends of Hackmatack National Wildlife Refuge, a 501(c)(3) organization.
Our website address is: https://hackmatacknwr.org.


This notice describes our Privacy Policy. It is designed to advise you about how we collect, use, and protect the information that you provide.  By using this site, you are accepting the practices described in this Privacy Policy.


When visitors Subscribe to the site, their email is place on our mailing list for communications and advertising from Friends of Hackmatack National Wildlife Refuge.  We do not distribute or share our email lists, share or sell them to anyone outside of our organization.

There are several forms & brochures that can be downloaded from this site. Every form or interactive form, is designed solely for the purpose that is described above the form. The amount and type of information depends upon the nature of the interaction. We collect this information only insofar as is necessary or appropriate to fulfill the purpose of the visitor’s interaction with Friends of Hackmatack National Wildlife Refuge.  Information is for the purpose of communicating or collecting information to be used solely by Friends of Hackmatack National Wildlife Refuge. We do not distribute, share, or sell our information to anyone outside of our organization.

a) Information You Provide to Us:
When visitors leave comments on the site we collect the data shown in the comments form, and also the visitor’s IP address and browser user agent string to help spam detection.
An anonymized string created from your email address (also called a hash) may be provided to the Gravatar service to see if you are using it. The Gravatar service privacy policy is available here: https://automattic.com/privacy/. After approval of your comment, your profile picture is visible to the public in the context of your comment.
We collect the Personally Identifiable Information you choose to enter on various pages of our site, or that you may choose to give us in some other way (such as by email, physical mail, or by telephone). For example, you will be asked to provide Personally Identifiable Information when you register for access to certain portions of our site, sign up for newsletters or mailings, or make a purchase.
The categories of Personally Identifiable Information we collect are your first and last name, e-mail address, physical address, and telephone number.
You can choose not to provide certain information, but you may not be able to take advantage of our services and features.

(b) Automatic Information:
When you visit a website, you disclose certain information, such as your Internet Protocol (IP) address and the time of your visit. This site, like many other sites, records this basic information about visits to our site.

(c) “Cookies”:
Cookies are pieces of information that are transferred to your computer from a web server.
We use cookies to store visitor preferences, record session information (such as items that you add to your shopping cart) record user-specific information on what pages users access or visit, alert visitors to new areas that we think might be of interest to them when they return to our site, record past activity at a site in order to provide better service when visitors return to our site, ensure that visitors are not repeatedly sent the same banner ads, and to customize Web page content based on visitors’ browser type or other information that the visitor sends.
Most browsers are set up to accept cookies, but you can change your settings to have your browser notify you when you receive a new cookie or you can change your settings to refuse to accept cookies.


The information we collect is used for administering our business activities as follows:
(a) to improve the content of our site;
(b) to customize the content and/or layout of site pages for each individual visitor;
(c) used to notify consumers about updates to our Web site;


The privacy and protection of your information is important to us. We offer some of our services in connection with other web sites. The affiliated sites may have different privacy practices and we encourage you to read their privacy policies. Your access to some services and content is password protected. We advise that you do not disclose your password to anyone. In addition, we recommend you sign out of password-protected services at the end of your session. You should also be aware that if you voluntarily disclose Personally Identifiable Information on message boards or in chat areas, that information can be viewed publicly and can be collected and used by third parties without our knowledge and may result in unsolicited messages from other individuals or third parties. Such activities are beyond our control and this policy.


Information about our users is important to us. Access to your information may be provided to third parties who provide technical support for the operation of our site. We may also disclose your information in response to a court order and we may disclose your information when we believe we are required to do so by law. We may disclose your information in connection with the collection of amounts you may owe to us and to law enforcement authorities whenever we deem it appropriate or necessary. Please note we may not provide you with notice prior to disclosure.


We use security software to protect the confidentiality of your personal information. In addition, our business practices are reviewed periodically for compliance with policies and procedures governing the security and confidentiality of our information. Our business practices limit employee access to confidential information, and limit the use and disclosure of such information to authorized persons.


We use a third party, PayPal, to process online payments to Friends of Hackmatack through our website. Once you choose to make a payment you will be directed to PayPal’s secured form. Any information you submit via our website through PayPal’s donations or payments form is provided directly by you to PayPal and is subject to PayPal’s Privacy Policy. PayPal will provide us with certain information about you, including your name, billing address, email address, donation or payment amount, but we will not receive your credit card number.


This website does not provide services or sell products to children under the age of 18. If we discover we have received any information from a child under the age of 18 in violation of this policy, we will delete that information immediately. If you believe we have received any information from or about anyone under the age of 18, please contact us at the address listed below.


You can request access to all your personally identifiable information maintained by us by sending an e-mail to us at the address listed below. Upon request we offer you the ability to have inaccuracies corrected in your personally identifiable information. You can have this information corrected by sending us an e-mail at the address listed below. If you have an account on this site, or have left comments, you can request to receive an exported file of the personal data we hold about you, including any data you have provided to us. You can also request that we erase any personal data we hold about you. This does not include any data we are obliged to keep for administrative, legal, or security purposes.


By using our website, you consent to the collection and use of your personal information as described in this Privacy Policy.


The Friends of Hackmatack National Wildlife Refuge website includes links to external websites. These links do not fall under the https://hackmatacknwr.org domain, and Friends of Hackmatack National Wildlife Refuge is not responsible for the privacy practices or the content of external websites. Your use of any linked website is solely at your own risk.


Although most changes are likely to be minor, Friends of Hackmatack National Wildlife Refuge may change its Privacy Policy from time to time, and at our sole discretion. We encourage visitors to frequently check this page for any changes to its Privacy Policy. Your continued use of this site after any change in this Privacy Policy will constitute your acceptance of such change.


If you have any questions regarding our organization or this Privacy Policy, please contact us: friendsofhackmatacknwr@gmail.com.

Friends of Hackmatack NWR

P.O. Box 413
Richmond, IL 60071



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