Friends of Hackmatack

   Monarch Mania!   ¡Monarca Mania!    

 Friday-Saturday-Sunday         August 21-22-23
Showings of the film "Flight of the Butterflies"    Free Fun Fair     CLICK for details
 
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
August 11  FOH Board Meeting  6:30 PM
August 21-23  Monarch Weekend
Films, programs, tours, and children’s activities are planned at locations around McHenry and Walworth counties. w/USFWS/MCCD/FBFBSP/ CLPD
Sept. 8  FOH Board Meeting  6:30 PM
September 26-27  Inspiring Connections Outdoors Weekend
October 11-17  Celebration of National Wildlife Refuge Week
October 11  The Big Sit “bird watch”
October 13  FOH Gathering  7 PM
November 10  FOH Board Meeting  6:30 PM
December 8  FOH Gathering  7 PM
December 12  In Search of Eagles Event
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