Bur Oak names 2021 Conservation Heroes

Each year, Bur Oak Land Trust recognizes an individual in the community who exemplifies our conservation mission. This year, we also chose to honor someone very close to our organization for their lifelong dedication to conservation. Congratulations to Erika Billerbeck and Lon Drake, recipients of this year’s Conservation Award and Lifetime Conservation Award. Erika has …

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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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