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Pawpaw Roundup announced

Are you fostering Bur Oak pawpaws? Listen up! We are hosting a Pawpaw Roundup Oct. 4-8 to collect all pawpaw plants for the winter. From 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. that week, individuals can drop-off plants at the Bur Oak office: 5 Sturgis Corner Drive, Suite 1250, in Iowa City. Next spring, we will invite everyone out for Pawpaw …

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Virtual Campaign Kickoff Oct. 15

Fall campaign countdown After making the decision to cancel our in-person fall fundraiser, Brunch with Bur Oak, we’ve got something else up our sleeve. In mid-October, we will launch A Force for Nature, our virtual fall campaign and we’re hoping you’ll join us! Local natural spaces are critical. Everyone — adults and children — can …

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An Ocean Disaster and Recovery

Once upon a time, some 80 million years ago, the center of the continent we now call North America was a shallow seaway. Its waters were relatively warm, and algae and other plants were busy extracting large amounts of calcium from the water. Combined with carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, this sea was loaded with …

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The Birds

In 1952, British author Daphne du Maurier released a macabre story titled, “The Birds.” The tale was about ordinary birds collectively abandoning their traditional role in nature and shifting their focus to killing off humans. And humans were quite unprepared for this assault in spite of their supposedly superior intellect and aggressive weapons. Book reviewers …

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