"River Bend Wildland Trust"

Protect · Educate · Engage

S130/190 Field Day Training

Posted by on Feb 11, 2016 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

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:

  1. Land Managers and Owners interested in learning how to use the natural process of prescribed fire to restore and maintain prairie and woodlands.
  2. Volunteer Land Stewards interested in doing land restoration with their host organizations.
  3. Rural Fire Departments: Grassfires and agricultural field fires account for most rural fire incidents. This course will apply standard firefighter techniques to this wildland setting teaching to fight fire with fire while earning a nationally recognized certification.
  4. Agency, NGO, and Contractor Employees: This course meets the standards for individuals participating in prescribed fire on federal lands and wildland fire incidents.

Woodland Burn

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Wolf Moon Hike Postponed to February 1

Posted by on Jan 26, 2016 in Uncategorized | 0 comments



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 pm

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Post Holiday Potluck Dinner

Posted by on Jan 11, 2016 in Uncategorized | 0 comments


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.

  • Nature
  • Improving water quality
  • Prescribed burning
  • Environmental education
  • Natural areas restoration
  • Prairie management
  • Forest management
  • Animal rehabilitation
  • Pollinators and their habitat
  • protecting land from development
  • Shaping smart growth of communities
  • Making sure your children do not turn the family farm into a subdivision
  • Indoor bee hives
  • Invasive species control


Announcements: River Bend Wildland Stewards: (our volunteer group) Member Meeting schedule and activities for 2016 will be announced.

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River Bend Hires Executive Director

Posted by on Nov 17, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

man with two children

Eric Anderson, RBWT Executive Director, with his favorite wild creatures.

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.

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Milan Bottoms Fall Festival

Posted by on Oct 15, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments


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BioBlitz Results 2015

Posted by on Aug 22, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

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
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3rd Annual BioBlitz Schedule

Posted by on Jul 15, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

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.

Biota EXPERT/volunteer TIME activity
Birds QC Audubon Society


Sat. 7:00 am       Lead bird trip Sat. morning
mammals Anne Sullivan

Tim Chambers


Sat 8:00 am Set traps Friday night

Check mammal traps

on Sat morning​

Fish Karen Rivera


Sat. 11:00 Electrofishing  demo
Herps Jon D.

Mik Holgersson


Sat. 9:00 am Set traps Friday night

Check traps Sat.

Insects/spiders Angella Moorehouse

Gina Howell


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

Christine Riley

Sat 10:00 am Wetland hike
IDNR Conservation Trailer Friday


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