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Unlocking the Ecological Potential of Beavers
February 22 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
For centuries, post-settlement, beavers were valued for only one thing – their fur. Their near-eradication from many parts of the country negatively impacted our landscape in ways that we are only just beginning to understand. Gain a new perspective on this fascinating animal from someone who has spent his entire career studying beavers, learning their history, helping people understand their tremendous ecological value, and developing creative solutions that allow us to peacefully co-exist with them.
Today, as climate change brings extremes of drought and flooding, beavers can be powerful allies. These engineering wizards represent a tremendous opportunity to build landscape resilience while saving money and creating habitat that teems with life.
Our speaker, Skip Lisle, has lifelong experience with beavers, first attracted to beaver ponds at age 12 by the large trout he caught in them. After getting a Masters in Wildlife Management from the University of Maine, his first job was with the Penobscot Indian Nation, developing flow devices to address the problem of culverts clogged by beavers. He now operates Beaver Deceivers International out of Grafton, Vermont.
Working on hundreds of sites since, he has always been able to resolve human/beaver conflicts without killing the beaver. See more about Skip (and some great beaver footage) here. Don’t miss this chance to learn about these talented wetland architects and what we can do to help them, especially when human and beaver activities conflict.