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Learn about the American beaver on March 13 in Portland

PORTLAND, Ore. — Oregon Wildlife invites you to learn about Oregon’s state animal, the American beaver, in a presentation by Dr. Jimmy Taylor, Supervisory Research Wildlife Biologist and Field Station Leader for the National Wildlife Research Center, on Wednesday, March 13 at 6:00 p.m. in Portland.

Beavers are nature’s engineers and while they create critical habitat for fish and wildlife and help with water quality and quantity, some of their construction projects can cause flooding of crops and roads and damage trees. Taylor’s presentation will cover the benefits beaver deliver as well as ways to minimize human-beaver conflicts.

The beaver, once the widely distributed in Oregon, was all but trapped to extinction in the early 1800s for its prized pelt. Over the years, a decline in demand for beaver fur combined with proper wildlife management helped the beaver to become reestablished in much of its former range.

Admission is $5 per person. It is free for Oregon Wildlife members. Registration is required. Register online at the Foundation's Website.

For more information or questions, contact the Foundation at (503) 255-6059. This and all other talks in the Discovering Wildlife Lecture Series are held in the Billy Frank Jr. Conference Center of the Ecotrust Building in Portland’s Pearl District, 721 NW Ninth Avenue, Portland.

Oregon Wildlife supports projects that protect and restore Oregon’s wildlife and improve access to our outdoor resources.  Since its founding, Oregon Wildlife has directed millions of dollars in funding to fish, wildlife and habitat projects throughout Oregon. Oregon Wildlife and ODFW are working together to implement the Oregon Conservation Strategy, a blueprint and action plan for the long-term conservation of Oregon’s native fish, wildlife and their habitats.

Other topics in the 2012-13 Discovering Wildlife Lecture Series include Steller and California Sea Lions with ODFW Biologist Robin Brown on Wednesday, April 17, and Black Bear with ODFW Biologist Doug Cottam on Wednesday, May 15.

For more information, contact Tim Greseth, OWHF executive director, (503) 255-6059. Meg Kenagy, ODFW Conservation Communications coordinator, (503) 947-6021.


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