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Invasive Species Workshop

The committee that brought you the Quad Cities Pollinators Conference for the past three years will be hosting a workshop in March, but no full conference in 2018.

Date: Thursday, March 1, 2018 from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Registration and coffee available beginning at 8:30 a.m.
Held at: Black Hawk State Park Watchtower Lodge, 1510 46th Avenue, Rock Island, IL 61201-6853

Cost: $35 (or $20 for students). Click here to register online. Click here for a registration form to mail in your payment by check. The workshop agenda can be found here.

Workshop Description: Invasive species threaten farms, preserves, parks, and even our backyards. In this workshop, experts will share the latest tools and research and showcase how you can prevent, control, and contain invasive species. The workshop is open to any member of the public including land managers, natural resource professionals, restoration specialists, landowners, and homeowners. Local area conservation groups will be present to provide resources and share opportunities on how to get involved in the community. Workshop fee includes a hot lunch (baked potato bar) and the chance to win door prizes. Raffle tickets for chainsaw/ chaps/ and helmet combo as well as other tools of the trade to combat invasive species will be sold at the workshop for $5 each, or 3 for $10.

Sponsored by:
 – $500 Level – 

 – $250 Level – 

 – $100 Level – 
       Cal and Jill Werner

Presenters Include:
Chris Evans, University of Illinois Extension Forester
Steve Fairbanks, Landowner and Henry County Natural Area Guardians Volunteer
Candace Ritchie, Site Technician II with Black Hawk State Park
Dale Maxson, Eastern Iowa Land Steward with The Nature Conservancy
Mike Petersen, Park Ranger with Illiniwek Forest Preserve
Brian Ritter, Executive Director at Nahant Marsh
Joshua Spensley, Grounds Maintenance Supervisor at John Deere World Headquarters
Emily Swihart, East-Central Iowa Field Coordinator with Trees Forever
Mark Vitosh, District 12 Forester for Iowa Department of Natural Resources

Participating Organizations with Resource Booths
Citizens to Preserve Black Hawk Park Foundation
Friends of Duck Creek
Friends of Nahant Marsh
Guardians of the Prairie and Forest
Henry County NAGS
Iowa Roadside Vegetations Management
Midwest Invasive Plant Network
Partners for Fish and Wildlife
Pheasants Forever
Rock Island County Soil and Water Conservation District
The Nature Conservancy
Trees Forever
University of Illinois Extension
Wallace’s Garden Center
                and more

Registrations are being taken through Nahant Marsh. Call 563.336.3374 with questions or to reserve your place! Registration closes at 5 p.m. on February 26.

500, $250, and $100 sponsorship opportunities are still available. Click here for a form.

2017 Quad Cities Pollinator Conference
The 2017 Quad Cities Pollinator Conference was held on September 13 and September 14 at the River Center in Davenport, Iowa. 180 attendees participated in sessions on “Bees, Butterflies, and Beyond,” “Woodlands and Wetlands,” and “Crafting Conservation.” Wednesday’s dinner keynote, “Networks for Life: Your Role in Stitching the Natural World Together” was presented by Dr. Douglas Tallamy, Chair of Entomology and Wildlife Ecology from the University of Delaware. The conference concluded with opportunities to participate in a rusty patched bumble bee citizen science project or tour the Bettendorf, Iowa Wallace’s Garden Center location. 

Click here to access presentations and resources from the 3rd Annual Quad Cities Pollinator Conference.

Click here to listen to the keynote, “Networks for Life: Your Role in Stitching the Natural World Together,” recorded by sponsor WVIK. Click here for Dr. Tallamy’s presentation slides.

Click here to download the conference program.

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.