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Becoming a member is easy. Download and send us this Brochure. Or come to our next general membership meeting. These are open to the public and are held at 6:30pm on the third Thursday of each month at Singing Bird Lodge, Black Hawk State Park, Rock Island, Illinois. Our next...Read More
Here at River Bend we get excited about Prairies and we have a two new projects. The first is on 7 acres in the Milan Bottomlands West of Rock Island on Highway 92 (junction Turkey Hollow Road). The other is at Black Hawk State Park. So far we have set up three work days and...Read More
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Already feeling that cabin fever? Turn these cold winter days into your think station for spring preparations. RBWT members Dallas and Roxie DeShane are hosting a “Winter Wisdom” series this February focusing on local pollinators. All programs will be held at Black Hawk Historic Site’s Singing Bird Lodge. The series includes two nights of professional presentations covering the decline of pollinators but also what we can do to help, as well as a third installment of the “Monarch Truffle” workshop. Gain knowledge and the tools at this years Winter Series to assist pollinator populations by increasing habitats and food sources in your area.
February 3rd and 10th, Tuesdays, 6-9 PM Winter Wisdom presentations
6-6:30 PM Meet & greet
6:30-8:30 PM Two professional presenters; with break
8:30-9 PM Networking
February 21st, Saturday 1-3 PM Monarch Truffle Workshop
1:00-1:15 Meet & greet
1:15-1:45 Monarch Truffle presentation: Plant identification
1:45-3 PM Truffle instruction & construction
Throughout the Winter Series, River Bend Wildland Trust will be running our annual membership drive along with native seed sales for your planting pleasures. Members will be available for you to learn how to become involved in restoration and public outreach within our organization and throughout the community. There will also be a wildlife booth, with Kelly McKay, a local expert ready for your inquiries.
Tuesday night programs are free to the public (no registration necessary) and the Monarch Truffle workshop is only $5.00/person, however, all participants will have a chance to construct over $20.00 in Monarch Truffles to take home and plant. Monarch Truffle Workshop seating is limited; to register please email RBWT Director, Candace Marner, at email@example.com with contact information & total number of participants.
We will have a booth tomorrow at the Freight House Farmer’s Market. Stop by and find out more about our Prairie Restoration Projects, how we are working to protect land, the events we have planned, how to become a member and MOST IMPORTANTLY – How you can get involved. You can make a huge impact – find out more Tomorrow!Read More
Who would take a night hike deep into the Blackhawk State Park Woods just to find bats?
Electronic gadgets clap to signal bat activity over head, mist nets hang between trees to catch bats for identification, and bat experts explain it all to those of us tagging along to see what we can see.
This is what a BioBlitz is.
Experts from many biological disciplines gathering for 24 hours to find and identify as many different species as possible at a specific site. Even better, the public is invited along to assist and to learn.
This year’s event was fun – and productive. We identified 534 species on the day of the event, though scientists took photos and samples with them and continue to add to that total (628 as of this article). We will use this information to improve habitats, protect endangered species, and monitor the health of this site. Thanks for your help and support! Make sure you book mark this page and follow us on Facebook and give us your comments!
Photos by Janelle Ruholl
The BioBlitz runs begins at 3pm Friday, June 27 and runs for 24 continuous hours, ending at 3pm on Saturday. Many events are open to the public. Find us at Black Hawk State Park in Rock Island, our base camp is near Singing Bird Lodge, 15th Street and Blackhawk Road.
7-9pm Meet the Experts and learn about the various survey methods first hand.
8pm Night Hike with Bob Bryant
Sunset Bat Surveys (Misting Net – Catch and Release)
Sunrise Bat Surveys (Misting Net – Catch and Release)
6am Bird Hike with QC Audubon Society with Jody Millar and Pat Carlson
8am Bird Hike with QC Audubon Society with Jody Millar and Pat Carlson
10am River Watch Citizen Science Program
10:30 Ecology Hike with Tom Root
10:30 Acoustic Bat Monitoring Workshop with Amber Schorg
11am Flora Hike with Bob Bryant
12pm Ethnobotanical Hike with Chuck Wester
2pm River Watch Citizen Science Program
We have Native Plants, Seeds, Shirts, and Bake Sale Goods available for purchase on Friday 7-9pm and Saturday 10am-3pm.
The HyVee Grill will provide food for purchase Saturday from 11:30 to 1:30.
We hope you will join us – and if you are interested in volunteering or becoming a member, please email us at: firstname.lastname@example.orgRead More
It’s for science and you’re invited.
On June 27 beginning at 3pm and continuing for 24 straight hours at Black Hawk State Historic Site in Rock Island, IL., we will be documenting species. We call it a BioBlitz and it helps us understand the biodiversity that exists in a specific place. It can help us understand the sites health and the challenges and opportunities that exist.
And we need volunteers to help with many tasks. If you are interested you can email us at email@example.com and let us know how you might want to help! We promise that you will have a great time, a great t-shirt, and make a big contribution to Conservation!
River Bend Wildland Trust is a volunteer organization that exists because of you! Your donations and volunteer work protect land, provide education, and create a better local ecology. You can download our pledge form for the BioBlitz here!
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