Quad Cities Pollinator Conference

RiverCenter, Davenport, IA | September 13-14, 2017
Wednesday, September 13 from 1-8:30 p.m. (Optional pre-conference workshops in the morning from 8:30-11:30 a.m.)
Thursday, September 14 from 8 a.m.- 4 p.m.

Dinner Keynote: Dr. Doug Tallamy, Chair of Entomology and Wildlife Ecology, University of Delaware and “Bringing Nature Home” Author.

With planning committee members from Nahant Marsh; Pheasants Forever, Inc. and Quail Forever; Rock Island Soil and Water Conservation District; Scott County Soil and Water Conservation District; Trees Forever; U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service; and Wallace’s Garden Center.

Our informational sessions will focus on the following topics: Bees, Butterflies & Beyond; Woodlands & Wetlands; and Crafting Conservation. Our conference will conclude with opportunities to participate in community conservation projects.

Quad Cities Pollinator Conference Grant Program
The goal of this grant program is to fund one small-scale and one large-scale project within a thirty mile radius of the Quad Cities. The result will be a physical product that positively impacts and enhances pollinator habitat and conservation in our community. The Pollinator Conference planning committee believes that real change can be affected with the funding of such projects. The large project funding pool applicants are eligible to receive up to $2500 and small project applicants may receive up to $500.

Grant program funds will be awarded at the 2017 Quad Cities Pollinator Conference, to be held on September 13th and 14th. Projects will be completed in the fall of 2017 or spring of 2018. A site inspection and final report must be submitted to the Pollinator Conference Planning Committee upon completion of projects. Grant deadline is August 1, 2017. Click here for the full application.

Conference registration will begin in June 2017.

Thank you to our early sponsors:
2017 Sponsors as of 4.6

A sponsorship or exhibitor table positions your organization as a committed pollinator stakeholder and helps to ensure the success of this event. An early commitment to sponsoring ensures maximum exposure for your organization on upcoming conference marketing materials.

If you are interested in attending or sponsoring the 2017 conference, please contact Lindsey Kennedy: lmkennedy@eicc.edu, 563.336.3374.

Conference Presentations

The views and opinions of the presenters and those expressed in the student video entries at the conference are solely theirs and not those of the conference organizers.



Recorded sessions from the 2016 Conference are available online from our sponsor, WVIK. Click here! 

The 2016 Pollinator Conference was geared toward the agricultural community; municipal, state and federal government employees; landowners; homeowners and urban dwellers; beekeepers; students; and educators.

In total, 38 businesses and organizations sponsored the 2016 event, which saw over 275 people in attendance on Thursday, and 120 on Friday for the pollinator habitat tours. Attendees came from 11 states: Iowa, Illinois, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Massachusetts, and Wisconsin.

keynoteTwo nationally-recognized monarch experts were featured, Karen Oberhauser, Ph.D., Monarch Joint Venture, Professor, Department of Fisheries, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology at the University of Minnesota provided the opening keynote and Orley R. “Chip” Taylor, Ph.D., Founder and Director of Monarch Watch, Professor, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Kansas provided the luncheon keynote, both on Thursday.

Popular Thursday breakout sessions included “Lessons Learned: 29 Years of Restoring High Diversity Tallgrass Prairie” by Cody Considine, Restoration Ecologist at Nachusa Grasslands; “Getting Started: Inside a Beehive for Beginning Beekeepers” by local beekeeper, Ron Fisher; “Native Butterflies and Moths as Pollinators: Their Identification, Host Plants and Nectar Sources” by Dr. Paul Mays from Eastern Iowa Community Colleges- Muscatine; and “Plants, Pollinators and People in the Residential Landscape” by Dr. Donald R. Lewis, Extension Entomologist, from Iowa State University.

winnersIn an effort to encourage younger generations to become involved, we held a video contest for middle and high school students, asking them to answer the question, “Why are pollinators important?” Nearly 70 submissions were received. Our grand-prize winner, Shraesht Dacha from Bettendorf Middle School, was awarded $1,000 for his school to fund pollinator projects and activities. Both of the runner-up awardees, Vincent Freiburg from Rock Island High School, and Andrew Ericksen and Isaac Blandin from St. Joseph Catholic School, received $500 for each of their schools. Additionally, the “Busy Bee” award was presented to Bettendorf Middle School teacher, Kevin Roling, who showed great initiative towards helping pollinators- having his entire class work on creating videos. He was awarded a seed pack from our sponsor, Cardno, valued at $100.

The second day consisted of a morning of scheduled tours around the Quad City area, visiting successful pollinator habitats. Two tours were offered, one in Illinois, visiting Valley Nature Preserve (Moline), Deere & Company World Headquarters (Moline), and Illiniwek Forest Preserve (Hampton), and the other in Iowa, to see Von Maur E-Commerce Center (Davenport), Spin Williams’ Farm and Kerry Meyers’ Farm (Stockton) and the Wapsi River Environmental Education (Dixon).


We consider the 2016 conference to have been a great success! Please save the date for our 2017 conference!




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