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This is the Field Day portion of the National Wildfire Coordinating Group (NWCG) S130/190 Basic Wildland Firefighter Training. Course Date: Friday April 15, 2016, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Location: Illinois City, Illinois (Directions provided upon registration) 2 miles west of...Read More
Members of the public are invited to an instructional workshop to be a part of the monarch butterfly recovery, all supplies provided, to make make Monarch Truffles. MT’s are truffle-sized orbs made of clay, compost, and native plant seeds. The native seeds are milkweed...Read More
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This is the Field Day portion of the National Wildfire Coordinating Group (NWCG) S130/190 Basic Wildland Firefighter Training. If you are interested in learning prescribed burning techniques and safety for prescribed prairies and woodlands burns this is the course for you.
Course Date: Friday April 15, 2016, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Location: Illinois City, Illinois (Directions provided upon registration) 2 miles west of Muscatine, Iowa
Deadline for Registration: April 1, 2016
Deadline for online course completion (it takes about 36 hours): April 7, 2016
The intended audience is:
Due to cold rain and potentially freezing road conditions the Wolf Moon Hike is postponed until Monday, February 1, 2016.
See you at Milan Bottoms (5405 78th Avenue W, Milan, Illinois)
Monday, February 1, 4:30 pm to 8:00 pmRead More
When: Thursday January 21st 6:00 to 8:30 p.m.
Where: Singing Bird Lodge in Black Hawk Park (approximately 4450 15th Street, Rock Island, IL)
Who is invited: Past, Present, Future members and friends
What to bring: A covered dish. Beverages, cups and place settings will be provided
Program: Eric Anderson our newly hired Executive Director will give a short presentation on recent activities and the active role that River Bend is taking as a conservation land trust in land protection, environmental education, and natural area restoration. RBWT has turned a corner and is about to become an even bigger player in Quad Cities conservation and community development. We will be working with private landowners and public entities in a bigger way to grow, connect, and restore natural areas.
If the any of the following topics are of interest, you should attend and consider becoming a member of River Bend Wildland Trust.
Announcements: River Bend Wildland Stewards: (our volunteer group) Member Meeting schedule and activities for 2016 will be announced.Read More
On October 1, 2015, Eric Anderson was hired as the Executive Director for River Bend Wildland Trust (River Bend). Anderson, a respected conservation advocate and practitioner, is a believer in building community, and strong local economies with easy access to nature. Anderson has been a volunteer with River Bend and its predecessor organizations for over 12 years. He has served on the Board of River Bend since it was formed as a non-profit in 2013, under the mentorship of Interstate Resource Conservation & Development. Previously, Anderson spent two years working in the environmental consulting field with a mid-size Chicago firm which grew out of a forestry consulting business he operated from Viola, Illinois starting in 2007.
River Bend is unique among local conservation organizations in that it can make conservation goals permanent. If a landowner wants to make sure that the conservation values (e.g. wildlife habitat, wetlands, and relatively natural aesthetics) of their property are protected legally, forever, River Bend does this with conservation easements. “If you want to make sure your hunting property is there for your great-grandchildren and is not a subdivision, we can help.” said Anderson. “Our ability to do land protection will depend on the community’s support.” Details of that process and how to become a member are on the River Bend website www.rbwt.org.
River Bend members have been doing active stewardship for over two decades. Prescribed burning at Black Hawk State Historic Site, and establishing the prairie and planting trees at the Milan Bottoms Preserve are two examples their work. This background and Anderson’s experience doing forest management with private landowners are coming together.
River Bend will be offering fee-for-service ecosystem restoration for its members on private and public lands. “A permanent conservation easement is not for everyone, but there are a lot of folks in the area with forest management plans in need of implementation assistance. If they are River Bend members we will help them manage their properties.” said Anderson. Income from this work will cover the cost of stewardship staff. Profits will go to support the ongoing mission of the organization.
“I have a lot of ideas I want to implement with River Bend. We have always done a lot of education with elementary and high school groups. I want to extend that to collage and career bound individuals that are interested in nature, ecology, conservation, and non-profits. I am currently working with faculty and administrators at Augustana and Black Hawk Colleges to incorporate our activities into their course work. I plan to reach out to other area colleges and universities in the coming weeks.” said Anderson.Read More
Our Third Annual BioBlitz was held a few weeks ago at the QCCA Wetland / Education Center in Silvis, Illinois. We had several experts and volunteers on hand to search and identify the biodiversity on hand. The results that day were 440 Unique Species. This number will grow as experts continue to look at collections, photos, and other evidence; the 440 count is what they identified during the 24 hour Blitz. One of the most interesting finds was a Northern Long-eared Bat, a rare and threatened species. See the article at: http://www.qconline.com/news/local/rare-bat-found-at-qcca-wetland-center/article_7c2eb53e-859e-593f-bd57-9288b90386fe.html
|Turtles, snakes, frogs – 8||Trees & shrubs – 9|
|Fish – 8||Vascular plants (grasses, forbs)-161|
|Aquatic & terrestrial Invertebrates- 197||Algae – 9|
|Spiders – 18||Liverwort – 1|
|Birds – 32|
|Small Mammals – 7
Bats – 8 (acoustic recordings)
|(Preliminary )TOTAL||440 species|
QCCA Bioblitz – July 24-25
3:00 pm Friday to 3pm Sat.
Public is Welcome – Click Here for Map
Directions: 1299 172nd St N, East Moline, IL 61244 – From Highway 5 in Silvis, turn East on Barstow Road and then (North on 172nd Street) OR exit Highway 5 near Choppers Grill and turn right onto access road, then left onto 172nd Street.
|Birds||QC Audubon Society
|Sat. 7:00 am||Lead bird trip Sat. morning|
|Sat 8:00 am||Set traps Friday night
Check mammal traps
on Sat morning
|Sat. 11:00||Electrofishing demo|
|Sat. 9:00 am||Set traps Friday night
Check traps Sat.
|Friday & Saturday||Set Light traps Friday
i.d. on Sat. in shelter
|Bat acoustics||Amber Schorg||Sat. noon||View recordings of bat echo-location from Friday night|
|Trees||Eric Anderson||Friday||i.d. trees and shrubs
no specific time
|invertebrates||Kevin Geedy &students||Saturday||Collect invertebrates
Boat & ponar
i.d. on Sat. in shelter
|Wetland walk/plants, etc.||Candace
|Sat 10:00 am||Wetland hike|
|IDNR Conservation Trailer||Friday