Garlic mustard is an invasive, noxious plant that threatens our native woodlands, natural areas and wildlife habitat by growing prolifically and crowding out native plants.

You can help six Quad-City natural areas by pulling out as many of those plants as possible from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday (May 3) during the 2014 Garlic Mustard Challenge. The sites are listed below; you are asked to call the contact person to register.

  • Black Hawk Historic Site, Rock Island. Heather B., 563-949-6656.
  • Bettendorf, various sites. Patty, 563-344-4084.
  • Nahant Marsh, Davenport. Brian, 563-323-5196.
  • Sunderbruch Park, Davenport. Greg, 563-328-7275.
  • Fairmount Wetlands, Davenport. Dan McNeil, 563-391-1403, Ext. 3.
  • West Lake Park, Davenport. Dave, 563-328-3286.

Beginning at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, all volunteers are invited to a hot dog roast at Nahant Marsh. In addition, the group pulling the most garlic mustard will win a trophy.

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The event is sponsored by various Quad-City area groups.