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Nahant Marsh, a nature preserve in southwest Davenport, is seeking nominations to recognize Quad-City area people who have dedicated their lives (or will dedicate their lives) to protecting our natural world.

People from  Clinton, Louisa, Muscatine, or Scott counties in Iowa and Henry, Mercer, Rock Island, or Whiteside in Illinois are eligible. They must have demonstrated excellence in one or more of the following categories: conservation science and education, stewardship of natural areas and environmental advocacy.

Nomination forms are available on the Nahant website, nahantmarsh.org/oberholtzer-awards. The deadline is Jan. 10.

The awards will be presented at the 2nd Annual Oberholtzer Awards on Feb. 29 at the Bend Event Center, East Moline.

The Oberholtzer Award recognizes a nominee’s hard work and leadership in conservation, spreads awareness to the causes they believe in, and inspires others to take action. Recognition categories are threefold — leaders from the past, present, and future, meaning students.

The award is named for Ernest Carl “Ober” Oberholtzer, a Davenport native, explorer, author, and pioneering champion for the protection of natural areas in northern Minnesota. He was also a founding member of the Wilderness Society.

Last year's adult winner was Curtis Lundy, Bettendorf, and student winner was Aislinn Geedey, Rock Island.

For questions, contact Shannon Bernhard at 563-336-3374 or sbernhard@eicc.edu.

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