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2015 Winter Series: Winter Wisdom

Posted by on Jan 29, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

2015 Winter Series:  Winter Wisdom

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

We’ll have the fireplace stoked and warm beverages waiting for you!

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.

Monarch Truffles $5/bag Seed Packets $2/each Purchase 5 and get free bag of little blue stem grass seed.

Monarch Truffles $5/bag
Seed Packets $2/each
Purchase 5 and get free bag of little blue stem grass seed.

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 naturespulse@rbwt.org with contact information & total number of participants.  

We’re operating on the philosophy that If every gardener could plant native flowers and
native grasses we could bring back a portion of what our native pollinators need to survive! 
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Pollinator Seed Blitz

Posted by on Nov 25, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Pollinator Seed Blitz
The River Bend Wildland Trust and the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service invited people of all ages to come together this past Saturday to make truffles containing seeds for plants that will sustain the Monarch – and other pollinators – for their entire Spring to frost Midwest stay. Our Seed Blitz for the Monarchs Workshop was so successful that we are going to do another workshop in February.
Season-to-season seeds for Monarch-sustaining plants go into the clay, compost, & seed nickel-sized “truffles” to be planted in the snow in an urgent effort to aid the plight of the declining Monarch population.
Paul with seeds
The program opened with a Monarch informational power point presentation by Candace Marner, and then Marner instructed the group of about 60 people to make the special Monarch truffles. Marner also led a hike at Black Hawk Historic Site to actually plant some of the truffles at Black Hawk approved areas.
Participants got to take platefuls of Monarch truffles home along with planting instructions.
Danny & Mary Jane
Planting Monarch truffles at Milan Bottoms Saturday Dec. 6th from 11 to 1 pm!
Many participants created Monarch truffles and signed up to plant them at Milan Bottoms on-going prairie restoration on December 6th – followed by s’mores & hot dogs over a bonfire.
Click Here To Register
Thanks to everyone who came out and all the volunteers and sponsors who made this a success!
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Seed Blitz

Posted by on Oct 29, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Seed- Blitz at Milan Bottoms Dec. 6th
11 – 1 pm
Dress warm! We expect cold and maybe even snow, but if it is raining . . . we don’t want our fabulous volunteers to get get sick! Plus, planting in the rain/sleet is no fun.
If it’s raining – we’ll postpone the seed-blitz until January; TBA
Candace Marner will lead volunteers in planting the seed-capsules (aka Seed-Truffles; thank you Cecelia Vogel!)
Hot dog roast & s’mores to follow the planting. We’ll be out of there by 1 pm!
Milan Bottoms is on Andalusia Road. The entrance is directly across from Turkey Hollow Road. The new Fed-Ex building is also directly across the road from Milan Bottoms. There’s a small private home right next to our gated entrance. The gate will be open on Saturday.

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Visit us on Saturday

Posted by on Aug 22, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

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!

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BioBlitz Fun

Posted by on Jul 3, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

BioBlitz Fun

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.

entomology crew at work

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

Jared Ruholl teaching bees 2



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BioBlitz Public Events

Posted by on Jun 24, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

BioBlitz Public Events

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: info@rbwt.org

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We’re Pulling An All-Nighter

Posted by on Jun 18, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

We’re Pulling An All-Nighter

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 info@rbwt.org 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!

See You there!

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