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Conference addresses declining bee population, pushes for collaboration
Cooperation and conversation were key themes of the first-ever Quad Cities Pollinator Conference.

The event was designed to bring together scientists, environmentalists, farmers and business and government representatives to discuss the health of bees, butterflies and other animals essential for plant reproduction because they spread pollen. It was organized in part by Nahant Marsh and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Brian Ritter, director of Nahant Marsh, said pollinator populations are declining. "We don't expect to solve all the problems today," he said during his welcome speech. "We do expect to start the conversation."

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Pesto test-o: Made with mint? arugula? carrot greens? Why not!
It's not every day I get to walk into the office, plunk three jars of green goop in front of my co-workers, and ask them to grab some pita chips and tell me what they think (which is to say, this article could easily be as much about the good nature of the people with whom I work as it is about pesto).

I was curious, though. Pesto has been having a bit of a moment lately. Traditionally made with basil, pine nuts, Parmesan cheese, garlic and... More »

To the limit: Get down and dirty as these July endurance races
For runners and cyclists looking for a little adventure this summer, two upcoming Quad-Cities events turn up the intensity. You don't have to be a peak-performing athlete, either, to get in on the fun — whether your feet or your wheels are your forte, each of these endurance races cater to people of all ages and skill levels.

Down in the mud

A plethora of challenging obstacles. Watery mud pits galore. A scenic run. Find... More »

Read the rocks: Discover the rich fossil history scattered in our area
If you have an interest in local history, why not take it back a few hundred million years? Studying fossils and learning to identify them can be wonderful activities for families and individuals and you don't have to journey far to find them.

John Oostenryk, assistant curator at Augustana College's Fryxell Geology Musuem, says fossil explorers will find marine and invertebrate fossils in the area from the Sirulian and Devonian geologic... More »

Caregiver fatigue: It's natural to feel stress and important to get support
According to the National Alliance for Caregiving, a 2009 study showed that 29 percent of the U.S. population provides care for a chronically ill, disabled or aged family member or friend during any given year. At first glance, this statistic may not seem like much, but it's inching toward a point at which one out of every three people in our nation is in that role.

Giving care to a family member or friend on a volunteer basis can be... More »

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