Nahant Marsh will host the 2nd Annual Oberholtzer Awards on Saturday, February 29 from 9:00am-12:00pm at the Bend Event Center, 910 Bend Blvd., East Moline, IL.  The event will include brunch, an awards ceremony, live auction, raffles, and more.  This year’s keynote speaker is Doug Peacock, a Vietnam veteran and author of Grizzly Years: In Search of the American Wilderness.  The Oberholtzer Awards were started to recognize local people who have dedicated their lives (or will dedicate their lives) to protecting our natural world.  Often times, these people go unnoticed or have been largely forgotten for their contributions.  The awards are a way to recognize their hard work and leadership in conservation, to bring awareness to the causes that they believe in, and to inspire others to take action.

 

Schedule of Events:

9:00am-Buffet Served

10:00am-Welcome Address

10:05am-Sponsor Address

10:10am-Keynote Speaker Doug Peacock

10:45am-Awards Presentation

11:05am-Live Auction and Raffle Drawing

12:00pm-Event Concludes

ABOUT NAHANT MARSH

The mission of Nahant Marsh Education Center is to protect, enhance, and restore the Marsh through education, research, and conservation.  Nahant Marsh is a 305-acre nature preserve nestled in southwest Davenport. The largest urban wetland on the upper Mississippi River, it is part of a 513-acre wetland complex, and stopover site for many migrating waterfowl and songbird species. This unique preserve is comprised of several habitats including marshes, open water, vernal ponds, tallgrass prairie, sand prairie, and bottomland woods.  Nahant Marsh provides educational programming for over 18,000 people annually and recreational opportunities for thousands more. The preserve is home to over 430 different plants, 181 bird species, 42 mammals, 22 reptiles and amphibians, along with hundreds of other species.

For more information, visit www.nahantmarsh.org.

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