Elizabeth “Babs” Conant
Ivy Creek Natural Area
Conant was canoeing one day on the South Fork Rivanna Reservoir in 1975 when she saw surveyor tape on the banks. She contacted The Nature Conservancy about purchasing the land, which they did, naming it the Rann Preserve. 
Conant is one of several people commemorated by the late 20th century artist Frances Brand as one of her Firsts series. For that series, Conant's claim to fame was she was an expert on the African lungfish. 
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- Web. The Ivy Creek Foundation Chronicles, Ivy Creek Foundation, retrieved May 4, 2022.
- Web. Elizabeth 'Babs' Conant, 91, biology professor, scientist, activist, Staff, Obituary, The Buffalo News, August 26, 2020, retrieved May 5, 2022.
- https://web.archive.org/web/20100505085245/http://albemarlehistory.org/index.php/Historical_Society/exhibits_detailed/exhibits_elizabeth_conant/ Portrait on archived exhibit on the ACHS website]