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Hennepin hopeful: Blogger sets out to kayak the full length of Illinois canal

Rene Robinson is about to add another title to her eclectic list of identities. She's a bookbinder, blogger, IT professional, basket weaver, and soon-to-be Hennepin Canal conqueror: This year, the Moline resident has set a goal to kayak the entire 104-mile length of the Hennepin Canal.

CLICK HERE to read the full story.

Welcome 43 New QC Wild Place Explorers!

In mid-June River Action partnered with the Scott County Conservation Board’s summer day camp at Walnut Grove Pioneer Village to introduce more young people to the value of natural places. The group of 43 kids and eight camp counselors visited three QC wild places where they used water testing kits donated by river action to learn about water quality, witnessed naturalist Mark Roberts from the Wapsi Environmental Education Center throw out a cast net, handle a snake, and teach about biodiversity and preservation of natural habitats.

The field trip offered the kids an opportunity to experience nature first hand. Camp counselors Sydney and Allie appreciated the trip because it taught the kids to “respect nature” and allowed them to “explore on their own, but still have structure with the trails.” Perhaps most importantly, the week-long camp dedicated to ecology teaches the kids about the value of natural spaces. The director, Debbie Leistikow stressed the importance of exposing new generations to the environment and stated “even if we influence just one person to make it [environmentalism] a career path and influence the world then we’ve done our job.” Not only is the explorers program designed to teach kids about the value of natural spaces, it is designed to be fun as one camper excitedly informed us that the field trip to the QC Wild Places was “awesome, awesome, awesome trip!” – Olivia.

CLICK HERE to see more photos of the kids in action.

429 species found during Biodiversity Day at Green Valley

A total of 429 species – plants, insects, birds, amphibians, mammals, reptiles and worms – were found during Biodiversity Day at Green Valley Nature Preserve, Moline.

River Action and Augustana College’s Upper Mississippi Studies Center joined forces to discover and document all of the living things at the nature preserve August 31. During the event, members of the public spent the day working alongside scientific experts to identify all of the site’s living things.

With nets and clipboards in tow, members of the public found and identified 189 plant, 123 insect, 97 bird, eight mammal, six amphibian, four reptile and even two worm species.

CLICK HERE to download a complete report of the biodiversity day and a listing of all 429 species identified by participants.

CLICK HERE to visit the Green Valley Nature Preserve page with photos, map and detailed information about the preserve.

Join us on Facebook!

Now you can follow QC Wild Places on Facebook!! Get updates about the Wild Places, learn more about the "Wild Place of the Week", and be the first to get event and volunteer information.

Improving conservation, access and awareness since 2011

In 2011, River Action raised $59,041 for the following QC Wild Places site improvements:

  • Horseshoe Bend interpretive signs at Port Louisa National Wildlife Refuge - $2,000
  • Trail signage at Loud Thunder Forest Preserve - $3,000
  • Bridge construction at Black Hawk State Historic Site - $6,000
  • Trail identification system at Illiniwek Forest Preserve - $6,000
  • Outdoor aquatic experience facility at the Wapsi River Environmental Education Center - $6,591
  • Sand prairie and turtle nest site restoration, and viewing platform at Nahant Marsh - $8,950
  • Shoreline fishing and hiking trail at Lost Grove Lake and Wildlife Management Area - $21,500
  • Jubilee Trail extention at Sunderbruch Park - $5,000

CLICK HERE to view our 2011 QC Wild Places Annual Report.

Let the exploring begin!

Choose from OVER 60 different locations to explore, all within a one hour drive of the Quad Cities. Use our WILD PLACES MAP to find the wilderness areas closest to you, or search by county under the "QC Wild Places" tab, and start your exploring TODAY!

ATTENTION:
We have just recently launched a program for anyone 13 years old and younger called QC Wild Explorers. CLICK HERE to learn more about how to become a QC Wild Explorer today!

CLICK HERE to view our new QC Wild Places brochure!

Alcoa Davenport Works EagleCam a top 25 webcam site



Alcoa’s EagleCam at its Davenport (Iowa) Works facility has been named one of the Top 25 most interesting webcams of 2012 by EarthCam.com. The Alcoa EagleCam is located above a nest, which is home to a pair of bald eagles named Liberty and Justice.

The camera was visited more than 12 million times by people from more than 80 countries during 2012.

“This award recognizes the impact our webcam is having around the world,” said Rob Woodall, Director of Manufacturing at Alcoa's Davenport Works. “The camera helps educate people on the resurgence eagles are having in this part of the country and highlights our work to protect the environment here in Iowa and everywhere Alcoa operates.”

Sunderbruch mountain trail opened June 19

Thanks to funding by QC Wild Places and over 600 volunteer hours by the Friends of Off Road Cycling (FORC), Sunderbruch Park is now home to a new one-mile mountain bike and hiking trail which features two unique bridges. The ribbon-cutting ceremony was held June 19 with members of FORC, River Action, and City of Davenport officially opening the new trail.

Sunderbruch mountain trail opened June 19

Thanks to funding by QC Wild Places and over 600 volunteer hours by the Friends of Off Road Cycling (FORC), Sunderbruch Park is now home to a new one-mile mountain bike and hiking trail which features two unique bridges. The ribbon-cutting ceremony was held June 19 with members of FORC, River Action, and City of Davenport officially opening the new trail.

Sunderbruch mountain trail opened June 19

Thanks to funding by QC Wild Places and over 600 volunteer hours by the Friends of Off Road Cycling (FORC), Sunderbruch Park is now home to a new one-mile mountain bike and hiking trail which features two unique bridges. The ribbon-cutting ceremony was held June 19 with members of FORC, River Action, and City of Davenport officially opening the new trail.

Sunderbruch mountain trail opened June 19

Thanks to funding by QC Wild Places and over 600 volunteer hours by the Friends of Off Road Cycling (FORC), Sunderbruch Park is now home to a new one-mile mountain bike and hiking trail which features two unique bridges. The ribbon-cutting ceremony was held June 19 with members of FORC, River Action, and City of Davenport officially opening the new trail.

Sunderbruch mountain trail opened June 19

Thanks to funding by QC Wild Places and over 600 volunteer hours by the Friends of Off Road Cycling (FORC), Sunderbruch Park is now home to a new one-mile mountain bike and hiking trail which features two unique bridges. The ribbon-cutting ceremony was held June 19 with members of FORC, River Action, and City of Davenport officially opening the new trail.

Sunderbruch mountain trail opened June 19

Thanks to funding by QC Wild Places and over 600 volunteer hours by the Friends of Off Road Cycling (FORC), Sunderbruch Park is now home to a new one-mile mountain bike and hiking trail which features two unique bridges. The ribbon-cutting ceremony was held June 19 with members of FORC, River Action, and City of Davenport officially opening the new trail.

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