To improve the biological health of McHenry County Conservation District lands through the monitoring and inventory of existing wildlife resources, while providing the knowledge and materials to restore native fauna to ecologically damaged lands.
Land Preservation and Natural Resources – Wildlife Ecology Department
Cindi Jablonski – Wildlife Ecologist
The Wildlife Ecology Section of Natural Resource Management is responsible for a diverse array of projects related to wildlife resources. Wildlife Ecology works closely with every other LPNR Section as well as other departments within the larger District, specifically the Wildlife Resource Center and Educational Services Department. Staff includes a Wildlife Ecologist augmented with seasonal assistance through the District’s internship program who work out of the Lost Valley Visitor Center offices within Glacial Park.
Major Areas of Concentration
The Wildlife Ecology Section is involved in a number of projects that integrate closely with other aspects of departmental work plans and activities. This Section implements critical scientific inventory and monitoring programs related to wildlife District wide. In addition special projects related to wildlife are the sole responsibility of Wildlife Ecology. These include:
Planning and monitoring of biological inventories for breeding birds, herps, freshwater mussels, fish, and butterflies.
- Monitoring of endangered and threatened wildlife resources on District lands.
- Planning, implementation and monitoring of the District’s gypsy moth control program.
- Planning, implementation, and monitoring of the District’s purple loosestrife biological control program.
- Planning, implementation, and monitoring of large mammal reports.