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Walleye fishing

Eric Schwab of Davenport spends some time fishing for walleye last month in the Sylvan Slough, a secondary channel of the Mississippi River near the Moline-Rock Island border.

To submit an event for the Outdoors calendar, contact Quad-City Times reporter Jack Cullen at

Dawn birding

WHEN: 6-9 a.m. today

WHERE: Credit Island Lodge, 2200 W. River Drive, Davenport

DETAILS: Listen to the gradual increase in birdsong during this walking tour with members of the Quad-City Audubon Society. Coffee and donuts will be available. Go to for more information. 

Bird walks

WHEN: 8:45-11 a.m. today

WHERE: Ingersoll Wetlands Learning Center, 7071 Riverview Road, Thomson, Illinois

DETAILS: Hosted by the Stewards of the Upper Mississippi River Refuge, walks will be held the second Saturday of each month. Call 815-273-2732 or email to make a reservation.


WHEN: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. today

WHERE: Trails in Davenport, Bettendorf, Rock Island and Moline.

DETAILS: The 5th annual Get Out And Trail ride is sponsored by Quad-City area parks and recreation departments. From 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., the Quad-Cities Bicycle Club will provide snacks and safety checks on the Mississippi River Trail near the foot of the Mississippi River Trail ramp, just west of the Government Bridge in Davenport. There will be other designated stops on the trails, including one near Sylvan Island. No registration required. Go to for more information.

Garlic Mustard Pull

WHEN: 9-11 a.m. today

WHERE: Illiniwek Forest Preserve, 1201 State Ave., Hampton, Illinois 

DETAILS: Volunteers needed to help removing invasive plant species throughout the park. Trash bags and water will be provided. Gloves, long pants and work boots or tennis shoes are encouraged. Meet at the overlook trailhead parking lot off Illinois 84. Workers will be rewarded with a guided wildflower hike at the end. Call Mike Petersen, Illiniwek Forest Preserve superintendent, at 309-496-2620 for more information.

Pancake Ride

WHEN: 9 a.m. today

WHERE: Freight House, 421 W. River Drive, Davenport

DETAILS: Hosted by the River Benders Cycling Group, participants will ride to the Duck Creek Pancake House and back, about 14 miles total. Go to for more information. 

Youth Bicycle Safety Day

WHEN: 9-11:30 a.m. today

WHERE: University of Illinois Extension, 321 W. 2nd Ave., Milan

DETAILS: Participants will learn bicycle safety basics as they ride a course in the parking lot. Presented by the Milan Optimist Club, children will receive a free helmet, and they also will be served free hot dogs, chips and juice. Go to for more information. 

Wild edible plants workshop

WHEN: 10 a.m. today

WHERE: Wapsi River Environmental Education Center, 31555 52nd Ave., Dixon 

DETAILS: Learn about identifying plants, foraging basics and preparing wild edibles. Attendees will sample "some wild flavors" at the end of the program. Call 563-328-3286 to register.

Rooftop yoga

WHEN: 9-10 a.m. Saturdays through Sept. 29

WHERE: UP Skybar, The Current Iowa, 215 N. Main St., Davenport

DETAILS: Class size limited to 40. $15 per person, $3 mat rentals. Go to for more information.

Turkey hunting contest

WHEN: Remaining season dates in Iowa: May 2-20; April 16-May 20 (archery). Remaining season dates in northern Illinois: May 10-May 17. 

WHERE: Iowa and Illinois

DETAILS: Bring your bird to E-Z Livin' Inc. to enter the store's contest. Heaviest bird wins a new turkey decoy. Participants will be entered into a drawing for a Winchester SXP shotgun. Call 309-787-2244 for more information. 

Quad-Cities Distance Classic

WHEN: Sunday, May 13

WHERE: Augustana College, Rock Island

DETAILS: Half marathon and 5K. Go to for more information. 

Canoe/Kayak Experience

WHEN: 1-3 p.m. Monday, May 14

WHERE: Lake of the Hills boat ramp, West Lake Park, 14910 110th Ave., Davenport

DETAILS: Free outing for paddlers of all levels. Naturalist Dave Murcia will provide equipment and instruction. Dress appropriately and bring water. Call 563-328-3286 to reserve a spot.

Yak & Yoga

WHEN: 5-8 p.m. Monday, May 14

WHERE: West Lake Park, 14910 110th Ave., Davenport

DETAILS: Join members of the Quad-Cities Women's Outdoor Club for 45-60 minutes of outdoor yoga before hopping into kayaks for a one-hour paddle. Kayaks provided by Wapsi River Environmental Education Center. Contact event coordinator Chris Ciasto at to register. Go to for more information.

Archery trap league 

WHEN: 6 p.m. Tuesdays, May 15, 22, 29

WHERE: 1624 220th St., Reynolds, Illinois

DETAILS: Test out Stick & String's archery trap machine this month. Go to for more information about the machine. Call Austin Pinon at 309-429-1423 for more information about the league. 

Ride of Silence

WHEN: 6 p.m. Wednesday, May 16

WHERE: Freight House, 421 W. River Drive, Davenport

DETAILS: The global ride aims to raise awareness that cyclists have a legal right to use public roadways. Participants should wear helmets, not ride faster than 12 miles per hour, follow the rules of the road and remain silent during the ride. Go to for updates before the event. Learn more at

National Bike to Work Day

WHEN: 6-9 a.m. Friday, May 18

WHERE: Bechtel Park, 499 E. 2nd St., Davenport

DETAILS: The Quad-Cities Bicycle Club will serve Greatest Grains breakfast burritos and coffee to helmet-wearing cyclists on their morning commute. Beginning Monday, May 14, and continuing through Friday, May 18, the QCBC will serve breakfast to cyclists on their morning commutes to work and school. Dean "Bareback" Mathias of the QCBC will set up the primary "energizing station" from 6-9 a.m. near the foot of the Mississippi River Trail ramp, just west of the Government Bridge in Davenport. Interested volunteers may contact Mathias at 309-737-8429. Watch the QCBC's Facebook page for other specials at businesses during the week.

Youth Fishing Derby

WHEN: 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, May 19

WHERE: Lower Butterworth Park pond, 1800 Archer Drive, East Moline

DETAILS: East Moline Police Benevolent is hosting its inaugural free youth Fishing Derby. Entries must be age 5-15. Free fishing prizes and raffle prizes; free hot dogs, chips and Country Style Ice Cream. Illinois Department of Natural Resources will present fishing/outdoors demo. First 100 entries may participate. Registration begins at 9 a.m., and fishing begins at 10 a.m.

Q-C Riverfront/Armed Forces Day Ride

WHEN: 9 a.m. Saturday, May 19

WHERE: Isle Casino Hotel, 1777 Isle Parkway, Bettendorf

DETAILS: 35-mile RAGBRAI training ride organized by the Quad-Cities Bicycle Club.

K&K Fly Fishing Clinic

WHEN: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 19

WHERE: Middle Park Lagoon, 2407 Middle Road, Bettendorf

DETAILS: Hosted by K&K True Value Hardware. All skill levels are welcome. Max 30 people. Food provided. Register online at

PIGTAILS II at Prairie Trail

WHEN: Saturday, May 19

WHERE: Starts and finishes in Ankeny's Prairie Trail community

DETAILS: 48-mile bicycle ride along the High Trestle Trail geared toward women. Go to for more information.

John Hauberg Memorial Hike

WHEN: 2:30 p.m. Saturday, May 19

WHERE: Loud Thunder Forest Preserve, 19408 Loud Thunder Road, Illinois City

DETAILS: Pay tribute to John Hauberg, founder of the Black Hawk Hiking Club in 1920, with a group hike. A potluck meal will follow the outing, so bring tableware, a cup and a dish to share. Go to for more information.

Run the Rock

WHEN: Saturday, May 19, Armed Forces Day

WHERE: Rock Island Arsenal 

DETAILS: 5K, 10K and children's 1-mile and 1/2-mile races; Go to for more information.

Sunderbruch B&B Trail Races

WHEN: Saturday, May 19

WHERE: Sunderbruch Park, Davenport

DETAILS: 10K and 5K; Go to for more information.

Strides for Clinton County Autism Run/Walk

WHEN: Saturday, May 19

WHERE: Camanche, Iowa

DETAILS: 5K run/walk and 1.5-mile walk; Go to for more information.

Livefit with Lupus Hills of the Q-C Race

WHEN: Saturday, May 19

WHERE: Pebble Creek Golf Course, LeClaire

DETAILS: Half marathon, 10K run/walk, 5K run/walk and 1-mile run/walk; Go to for more information.

Archery Basics

WHEN: 10 a.m. Saturday, May 26

WHERE: Wapsi River Environmental Education Center, 31555 52nd Ave., Dixon

DETAILS: Children will learn how to use a bow and arrow in this hands-on class. They must be in fourth grade or above to participate. Call 563-328-3286 to register.

Free Community Yoga

WHEN: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, May 26

WHERE: Bass Street Landing Plaza, 17th Street, Moline

DETAILS: All levels are welcome. Go to for more information.

Superhero Ride

WHEN: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, May 26

WHERE: Freight House, 421 W. River Drive, Davenport

DETAILS: Hosted by the River Benders Cycling Group. Go to for more information.

The Wild 5

WHEN: Saturday, May 26

WHERE: Trinity Bettendorf

DETAILS: 5K run/walk; Go to for more information. 

First Step Riverfront

WHEN: Saturday, May 26

WHERE: Western Illinois University, Moline

DETAILS: 5K, 1-mile children's race; Go to for more information. 

Guided horseback rides

WHEN: 10:30 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Sunday, May 27

WHERE: Sunny Trails, 7510 176th Ave., Sherrard, Illinois

DETAILS: Five riders per hour-long session, organized by Quad-Cities Women's Outdoor Club. Contact event coordinator Chris Ciasto at to register. Go to for more information.

Full Flower Moon Bike Ride 

WHEN: 6:30-8:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 29

WHERE: Illiniwek Forest Preserve, 836 State Ave., Hampton

DETAILS: Meet members of the Quad-Cities Women's Outdoor Club at the campground for a 75- to 90-minute bike ride and post-cruise bonfire. Contact event coordinator Chris Ciasto at to register. Go to for more information.