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Bi-State Conservation Action Network

The committee that brought you the Quad Cities Pollinators Conference for the past three years has expanded to include the University of Illinois Extension. Now the Bi-State Conservation Action Network, the committee will be hosting a workshop in March, but no full conference in 2018.

Bi-State Conservation Action Network Members:
Nahant Marsh
Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever
Rock Island County Soil and Water Conservation District
Trees Forever
University of Illinois Extension
U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
Wallace’s Garden Center


Invasive Species Workshop
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. Click here to register online. Click here to for a registration form to mail in your payment by check.

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. Workshop fee includes a hot lunch (baked potato bar) and the chance to win door prizes. 

Presenters Include:
Andrew DiAlessandro, Private Lands Biologist with U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Chris Evans, University of Illinois Extension Forester
Candace Marner, Site Technician 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 DNR

Registrations are being taken through Nahant Marsh. Call 563.336.3374 with questions or to reserve your place!

Sponsored by:
Henry County Soil and Water Conservation District

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.