The fourth annual Quad-Cities Garlic Mustard Challenge will be 9-11:30 a.m. Saturday at seven area locations.
Garlic mustard is an invasive, noxious plant that can literally blanket woodlands or other natural areas, pushing out native plants such as wildflowers and degrading wildlife habitat. At present, there is no good way to get rid of it other than pulling.
The goal is to pull the plant before it goes to seed, and because of this season’s warmer-than-normal temperatures, many stands are rapidly approaching that point. But organizers are going ahead with the event anyway.
Pull locations are:
Black Hawk State Historic Site, Rock Island. To volunteer, call Marilyn at 309-788-9536.
Bettendorf Band Shell, Bettendorf. To volunteer, call Patty at 563-344-4084.
Fairmount wetlands, Davenport. To volunteer, call Clare at 563-391-1403, Ext. 3.
Huckleberry Park, LeClaire. To volunteer, call Dick at 563-289-5226.
Nahant Marsh, Davenport. To volunteer, call Brian at 563-323-5196.
Sunderbruch Park, Davenport. To volunteer, call Greg at 563-328-7275.
West Lake Park, Davenport. To volunteer, call Dave at 563-328-3286.
All volunteers are invited to a hot dog roast at Black Hawk State Historic Site beginning at 11:30 a.m.