Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Patch.com provides tips on how to keep yourself, your family and your pets safe if there is a coyote in your neighborhood.
While coyotes roaming through neighborhoods may have come as an unwelcome sight for many area residents in recent weeks, the presence of coyotes in the suburbs is not uncommon. "Reports of coyotes in Algonquin is not necessarily common, however it is not unusual," said Michael Kumbera, assistant to the village manager in Algonquin, in an e-mail. "Coyotes occur in nearly all types of habitat, including urban and suburban areas." Residents sounded off on the Algonquin-Lake in the Hills Patch Facebook page last week reporting several coyote sightings throughout Algonquin and Lake in the Hills. Coyotes have been spotted in neighborhoods behind LifeTime Fitness in Algonquin, near the Algonquin Police Department, along the path at High Hill Park…
Sunday, May 19, 2013
See historical artifacts and learn more about the local families who donated them during this event scheduled from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, May 19.
May has been designated as "Look at Local History Month," and what better way to learn about McHenry County history than visiting the Powers-Walker House in Glacial Park? The McHenry County Conservation District has planned a Living History event from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, May 19, at the Powers-Walker home. The Greek revival house, circa 1854, is located at Glacial Park, a 3,382-acre conservation area located at Route 31 & Harts Road, Ringwood MCCD will feature a “Restoration Showcase” of the house, its donated artifacts and information about the local families who donated the items. Volunteers in historical attire will be on hand to answer visitor's questions. Guests are invited to drop in any time. A special presentation is planned …
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
The Lake in the Hills Fen is a beautiful place, but this YouTube video gives you a different perspective of its beauty.
The Lake in the Hills Fen is a nature preserve owned by the village of Lake in the Hills, the McHenry County Conservation District and the state of Illinois. Located between Pyott Road on the east and Jefferson Street on the west, the fen consists of 500 acres with district habitats. Its website has a slideshow of photos by David Schwaegler that show off the fen's stunning features.
Friday, April 26, 2013
Bicyclists should take note of trail closures before hitting the path.
Friday, April 26
With the arrival of warmer weather, the McHenry County Conservation District reminds residents several parts of the Prairie Trail Bike Path are closed due to multiple construction projects in Algonquin. The Prairie Trail has no through traffic from Route 31 (Main Street) in Algonquin to just south of Pyott Road in Lake in the Hills. Closed through May 24, Algonquin ByPass Construction: Section from Huntington Road to Algonquin Road. Closed through July 30, Delayed Bridge Repair: On the North – Trail exits at subdivision westbound on Willow. On the South – Trail Ends at Route 31 Huntington. Meyer Road parking lot is closed. It will reopen in June for cyclists traveling southbound only. Village of Algonquin has the intersection of …
Thursday, April 25, 2013
Get outdoor and artsy during this event held Saturday at Coral Woods Conservation Area in Marengo.
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Thursday, April 25
Enjoy an afternoon of outdoor exploration and artistic activities at "A Celebration of Wildflower and Art," from 12 to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 27, at Coral Woods Conservation Area. This annual event is hosted by the McHenry County Conservation District at Coral Woods, located at 7400 Somerset, Marengo. During this afternoon outing, participants can hike the woodlands and witness local plein air artists (painting “in the open air”) along the trails capturing the fleeting beauty of the native spring wildflowers, according to a MCCD press release. Ongoing activities include information on landscaping with native plants, children’s crafts, storytelling, food for sale by Flatlander, and music in the picnic grove by the Talia Pavia String Academy…
Wednesday, April 10, 2013
McHenry County Sheriff Keith Nygren credits two good Samaritans for pulling woman from car.
Two good Samaritans are credited with pulling a Harvard woman from her burning car early Wednesday morning after she collided with a school bus on Route 14. Deborah Furstenau, 53, was driving a 1997 Plymouth eastbound on Route 14 in unincorporated Hartland Township at about 7 a.m. April 10, when she lost control of the car, veered into the westbound lane and collided with a Durham School Bus, according to McHenry County Sheriff Keith Nygren. Sheriff's police were called to the 16200 block of Route 14. While enroute to the crash scene deputies learned Furstenau's car had caught fire. "...The driver had been rescued by a citizen and an off-duty McHenry County Conservation District officer," Nygren stated in a release. Randall Ho and MCCD …
Tuesday, April 2, 2013
The McHenry County Conservation District is developing a master plan for the former Camp Algonquin site.
Six of the 12 buildings located on the former Camp Algonquin site will be demolished, according to the Northwest Herald. The McHenry County Conservation District's board made the decision to raze the buildings, which have not been used for years, as it continues to develop a master plan for the former Camp Algonquin site and the Fox Bluff Conservation Area, according to the Northwest Herald. The Northwest Herald has more on this article.
Saturday, March 9, 2013
Annual festival presented by the McHenry County Conservation District is scheduled for the first two weekends in March at Coral Woods Conservation Area. in Marengo.
The sweetest sign spring is approaching is the annual "Festival of the Sugar Maples" at Coral Woods Conservation Area in Marengo. The festival is presented by the McHenry County Conservation District, and provides residents an opportunity to enjoy the great outdoors and learn how early McHenry County settlers used maple syrup in their daily lives. The "Festival of the Sugar Maples" will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturdays and Sundays, March 2, 3, 9, and 10. Coral Woods Conservation Area is located at 7400 Somerset in Marengo (see attached map). Guests will hike through the woods, and see various methods used to tap maple trees and collect their sap every spring. (Warmer temperatures and added daylight get the sap flowing). Visitors…
Thursday, February 7, 2013
The three different buildings would offer a smaller venue that would seat from 50 to 70 people to a larger venue that would seat 225 to 270 people, according to the Northwest Herald.
Creating rental facilities for wedding and other large events is being explored as an option for the Fox Bluff Conservation area. The McHenry County Conserviation District is looking into whether three former Camp Algonquin buildings could be renovated to host a range of different-sized events on the site, according to the Northwest Herald. The Fox Bluff Conservation area and former Camp Algonquin site makes up 279 acres of land west of Cold Springs Road, which stretches from Cary-Algonquin Road to the Fox River. The southern portion of that land makes up the Fox Bluff Conservation area, which is currently open to the public with access and parking off of Cold Springs Road. The Camp Algonquin site has been closed to the public for …
Thursday, January 10, 2013
No need to stay cooped inside this winter (especially with this warmer weather). The McHenry County Conservation District has several adventurous nature activities planned for January.
There's no better way to beat cabin fever than to grab your coat, boots and adventurous spirit and march into the great outdoors. Not all animals sleep through winter. Many are busy searching for food, shelter and mates. The McHenry County Conservation District has several outdoor programs planned for January that range from searching for owls to learning about animal tracks. Here's a list of upcoming events: Friday, Jan. 11; Free for residents 7 to 8:30 p.m. Prairieview Education Center, 2112 Behan Rd., Crystal Lake Simultaneous "Owl Prowls" will be held Friday night, one for adults (14 years & older) and a separate prowl for children age 6-13. Winter is the ideal time to observe owls and their behavior. Owls are busy staking claim to …