Like to know more about local and regional organizations? See our helpful links to organizations that may interest you. From gardening for wildlife advice to wildlife specialists, the information is just a click away.
Gardening for Wildlife:
Resources for Gardening for Wildlife
1. Wildflower Propagation and Preservation Committee (www.thewppc.org)
The WPPC sells native plants, hosts an annual conference on natural landscaping, and has a mentoring program to help new native gardeners.
2. National Wildlife Federation (www.nwf.org)
The National Wildlife Federation has a large, long-term program promoting
“Backyard Wildlife Habitat”. Extensive resources are available on this website.
3. The Xerces Society (www.xerces.org)
The Xerces Society has many resources for promoting and preserving native pollinators.
4. Butterfly Gardening for Rare McHenry County Species (Handout in lists)
5. Tree Comparisons Between Swink and Wilhelm C Values and Wildlife Food Values for the Chicago Region. (Attached handout)
6. Morton Arboretum Natural Landscaping Link: www.mortonarb.org/woodland-restoration/homeowners.html
7. Illinois Natural History Survey links for Natural Landscaping www.inhs.uiuc.edu/~kenr/prairienativelinks.html
8. Keep Cats Inside: (www.abcbirds.org/cats/)
Domestic cats kill millions of birds each year.
9. Chicago Wilderness (www.chicagowilderness.org)
A regional organization that promotes natural habitats and natural landscaping.
10. Analyzing Weed Problems in Natural Areas and Restorations (Handout in lists)
11. Ecological Mosquito Control (Handout in lists)
12. Living with Wildlife/Wildlife Problems: http://web.extension.illinois.edu
13. Identifying Local Animals: http://www.harpercollege.edu/ls-hs/bio/dept/guide/index.html
14. Birds of North America Series: Detailed life histories of local birds. Donated by McHenry County Audubon to the Library at McHenry County College.
McHenry County Organizations
Boone Creek Watershed Alliance: www.boonecreekwatershed.org
Environmental Defenders of McHenry County: www.mcdef.org
Friends of Hackmatack (National Wildlife Refuge: www.hackmatacknwr.org
Friends of Moraine Hills State Park: www.friendsofmorainehillsstatepark.org
Friends of the Fox River: www.friendsofthefoxriver.org
Friends of the Kishwaukee River: www.kishwaukeeriver.org
Friends of Volo Bog: www.friendsofvolobog.org
McHenry County Conservation District (MCCD):www.mccdistrict.org
The Land Conservancy of McHenry County: www.conservemc.org
Wildflower Propagation and Preservation Committee: www.thewppc.org
McHenry County College Sustainability Initiative: www.mchenry.edu/green
Assisi Animal Foundation (Animal Shelter): Crystal Lake, 815-455-9411
Flint Creek Wildlife Rehabilitation: Barrington, 847-842-8000
Helping Paws (Animal Shelter): 2500 Harding Lane, Woodstock, 815-338-4400
McHenry County Animal Control: 100 N. Virginia St, Crystal Lake, 815-455-6222
MCCD, Wildlife Resource Center (wildlife rehabilitation of species of conservation concern) Wonder Lake, 815-728-8307.
Chicago Regional Organizations
Chicago Audubon: www.chicagoaudubon.org
DuPage Birding Club: www.dupagebirding.org
Illinois Swainson’s Hawk Project: www.bcnbirds.org/shp/
Kane County Audubon: www.kanecountyaudubon.org
Lake Cook Audubon: www.lakecookaudubon.org
Lake County Audubon: www.lakecountyaudubon.org
Prairie Woods Audubon: www.pwa-il.org
Will County Audubon: www.willcountyaudubon.org
Bird Conservation Network: http://www.bcnbirds.org/about.html
Chicago Bird Collision Monitors: http://birdmonitors.net/InjuredBird.php
Willowbrook Wildlife Center (Wildlife Rehab): 525 S Park Blvd., Glen Ellyn, 630-942-6200
Flying Wild: www.flyingwild.org
Illinois Audubon Society: www.illinoisaudubon.org
Illinois Natural History Survey: www.inhs.illinois.edu
Illinois Ornithological Society: www.illinoisbirds.org
American Birding Association: www.aba.org
American Birding Conservancy: www.abcbirds.org
Audubon (National): www.audubon.org
Birding Conservation Network: www.bcnbirds.org
Cornell University Lab of Ornithology (e Bird): www.birds.cornell.edu
International Crane Foundation: https://www.savingcranes.org/
Operation Migration: www.operationmigration.org
The Nature Conservancy: www.tnc.org