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To members and friends of the RBWT, We are having a trivia night to support the 2015 Bio Blitz being held at the QCCA Wetland restoration property in East Moline, IL., as well as assisting our local Wildlife Rehabilitators. It will be held at the Knight of Columbus hall in...Read More
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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We still have tables open…rally the troops and sign up your team! It is sure to be a great night to test your knowledge and meet new friends. We have wonderful raffle baskets up for grabs and the door prizes will be a hit. Don’t miss out, we hope to see you there!Read More
Interested in joining a prescribed fire crew in the QC area? RBWT is a your hands-on training organization and a great group to work alongside, so feed your interests and join us this season!
A burn day is scheduled for April 11th (or 12th depending on weather) we will be meeting at Prairie Rose Farms, 31501 113th Avenue West Illinois City, IL at 9 am to suit up and brief on operations. With several units to burn in one weekend you are sure to get a great jump on becoming a wildland firefighter. Rx burns will be instructed by certified Illinois Prescribed Fire Managers, and RBWT provides safety gear for all volunteers. We are happy to work with your schedules, crews will be accommodated upon availability, please contact Marilyn at email@example.com if you are interested. No prior experience required.
Join us for a great day on at the farm and remember lunches are generously provided.Read More
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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