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.

Biodiversity can be defined as the variety of life in a given area.

The program was started as an effort to document the biodiversity of the natural areas found throughout the Quad Cities area. Being aware of the biodiversity in any given area has many benefits for the community, including helping identify conservation measures which can be employed on the site. The biodiversity event also provides an opportunity to educate participants and the public about local natural areas.

This first biodiversity day at Green Valley was a great success, with 25 local scientific experts from area colleges, universities and naturalist organizations leading public participants throughout the 250-acre property to collect species and data.

Results of the study have been sent to the City of Moline to aid in conservation planning and educational efforts.

River Action and the Upper Mississippi Studies Center plan to organize future biodiversity studies in the area to help gain a better picture of the biodiversity throughout the Quad Cities’ region. The results will enable local communities recognize and celebrate the abundance of life that resides within our natural areas.

Experts will revisit the Green Valley site to do a follow-up study looking at the distribution of the different species identified. From the follow-up work, site managers will gain further insight for site management. Instead of a comprehensive species list, this follow-up study will turn out a report of species abundance and dominance, as well as the distribution of invasive species.

Get involved in next year’s Biodiversity Day, and find out what wildlife you can discover!

Photos by Tim Gillman, River Action