"River Bend Wildland Trust"

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Seed Blitz

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

Seed Blitz

Join us for this fun, family event on November 22nd at Singing Bird Lodge.  RBWT has created a unique workshop that allows you to participate in saving the Monarch Butterfly! With populations decreasing rapidly across North America due to loss of milkweed, this important pollinator is in danger. At the workshop you will learn about the importance of pollinators in nature and how they benefit humans. You will take part in creating seed capsules: a mix of clay, compost, and native seeds that can be planted in your yard and passed on to friends.

Saturday, November 22 – 1pm to 3pm
Singing Bird Lodge at Black Hawk State Historic Site, Rock Island
$5 per person / max $25 per family

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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!

boy with pinching beetle


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.

Night Collecting







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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Bio Blitz Volunteer Sign Up

Posted by on May 28, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Our second annual Bio Blitz is now just one month away!  This is an exciting, fun event that is open to the public and gives everyone an opportunity to contribute to a better understanding of our local biological diversity.  WE NEED VOLUNTEERS for many tasks from setting up, registering visitors, helping scientists, cleaning up, running educational booths and much more.  Please sign up today.


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Prairie Restoration Project

Posted by on Apr 10, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

RBWT is excited to announce plans to plant and restore a native prairie on 7 acres in the Milan Bottoms area along Highway 92 West of Rock Island.  The plan is multi-phased beginning later this year with removal of invasive species and other work to prepare for planting. Beginning in the Spring of 2015 we hope to plant thousands of native seedlings throughout the site.  Keep an eye on this page for specific dates and opportunities to volunteer.  You can also help us by making a donation and becoming a member of the River Bend Wildland Trust.

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