Biodiversity Day coming Sat., Aug. 31; first 50 kids will get free QC Wild Places hat

Biodiversity Day – a joint education and research effort of River Action and the Upper Mississippi Studies Center of Augustana College – will be held Saturday, Aug. 31 at Green Valley Nature Preserve, Moline, and the first 50 kids (12 and under) will receive a free QC Wild Places hat.

This event is open to the public at no charge and will allow participants to engage with professionals to learn and create a comprehensive species inventory of the site – one of 63 QC Wild Places which have been identified in the region.

CLICK HERE to sign-up online.

A KWQC-TV Paula Sands video about Biodiversity Day can be view by clicking on the "Read More" link.



This is a public event which will allow participants to engage with professionals to learn and create a comprehensive species inventory of the site – one of 63 Quad Cities Wild Places which have been identified in the region.

Morning and afternoon sessions will be held at the preserve, located at 5920 52nd Ave, Moline, next to the Rock River. The morning sessions are from 8 a.m. to noon and the afternoon sessions from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. There is no charge, but participants must register by filling out the form at the bottom of this article, or by contacting River Action at 563-322-2969 (abandman@riveraction.org). Spaces are limited so reserve your spot early!

For questions about the biodiversity project, contact Amy Bandman (563) 322-2969, abandman@riveraction.org, at River Action, or Michael Reisner (309) 794-3418, michaelreisner@augustana.edu, at Augustana College.

CLICK HERE to sign-up online.

This is the first comprehensive biodiversity inventory to be done at the site and will help site managers in planning and evaluating conservation measures.

River Action is working with the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency to restore about eight acres of wetland and a stream at the preserve. The restoration is part of a Rock River Watershed project to reduce non-point source pollution, a leading cause of water quality degradation. The report from the biodiversity research will be used in the future as a basis to measure the effectiveness of site improvements.

Discover this local natural area while working with experts in identifying the living creatures that inhabit Green Valley Nature Preserve. You also can get involved by taking a natural history tour or a boat ride on the Rock River. Stay for lunch with music by Ellis Kell.

Reserve your spot on a team of experts today! Choose your area of interest and be a part of the action: plants, insects, reptiles/amphibians, soils or natural history. If in-depth scientific study is not your area of interest, reserve a spot in one of the many tours examining the natural history of this wild place, or register to take a boat ride on the Rock River.

Morning sessions from 8 a.m. to noon (unless noted otherwise below) include:

  • Plant Inventory
  • Insect Inventory
  • Reptile/Amphibian Inventory
  • Soils Inventory
  • Bird Inventory (potential earlier start time)
  • Natural History Tour - 9 a.m. History of Urban Planning in the QC
  • Natural History Tour - 11 a.m. History of Urban Planning in the QC
  • Rock River Boat Tour - 9 a.m.



Afternoon sessions from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. (unless noted otherwise below) include:

  • Plant Inventory
  • Insect Inventory
  • Reptile/Amphibian Inventory
  • Natural History Tour - 2 p.m. Large River Landscape Ecology and Restoration
  • Rock River Boat Tour - 1:30 p.m.
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