Helpful Resources

Helpful Resources

RacoonLike 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 (
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 (
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 (
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:

7.  Illinois Natural History Survey links for Natural Landscaping

8.  Keep Cats Inside:  (
Domestic cats kill millions of birds each year.

9.  Chicago Wilderness (
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:

13.  Identifying Local Animals:

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:

Environmental Defenders of McHenry County:

Friends of Hackmatack (National Wildlife Refuge:

Friends of Moraine Hills State Park:

Friends of the Fox River:

Friends of the Kishwaukee River:

Friends of Volo Bog:

McHenry County Conservation District (MCCD)

The Land Conservancy of McHenry County:

Wildflower Propagation and Preservation Committee:

McHenry County College Sustainability Initiative:

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:

DuPage Birding Club:

Illinois Swainson’s Hawk Project:

Kane County Audubon:

Lake Cook Audubon:

Lake County Audubon:

Prairie Woods Audubon:

Will County Audubon:

Bird Conservation Network:

Chicago Bird Collision Monitors:

Willowbrook Wildlife Center  (Wildlife Rehab): 525 S Park Blvd., Glen Ellyn, 630-942-6200


Illinois Organizations

Flying Wild:

Illinois Audubon Society:

Illinois Natural History Survey:

Illinois Ornithological Society:


National Organizations

American Birding Association:

American Birding Conservancy:

Audubon (National):

Birding Conservation Network:

Cornell University Lab of Ornithology (e Bird):

International Crane Foundation:

Operation Migration:

The Nature Conservancy: