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Martinez beavers take center stage

By Gary Bogue
Wednesday, January 26th, 2011 at 8:24 am in Beavers, Martinez Beavers.

Baby Martinez beaver. Photo by Cheryl Reynolds, Walnut Creek, CA
2010 mtz baby, cheryl reynolds

The controversy, compromises and conservation efforts that helped save the Martinez Beavers will be featured at this year’s State of the Beaver conference in Canyonville, Oregon, February 2-4. Top national and international minds will gather to discuss beaver management and the important benefits of beaver-created wetlands.

Heidi Perryman, Ph.D., founder of Worth A Dam and long time supporter of the Martinez Beavers will discuss the steps taken by the city to safely keep the animals, and the subsequent restorative effect their dams have had on Alhambra creek.

“Experts from all over will be at the conference presenting research on how beaver dams improve fish, bird and wildlife populations,” Perryman noted. “Martinez has had the opportunity to watch these effects first hand.”

The conference is jointly hosted by the Beaver Advocacy committee of SURCP and the Cow Creek Band of the Umpqua Indian Tribe. If you can’t make the Oregon presentation, Perryman will repeat her talk at the Valley of the Moon lecture series in Sonoma later in February and at the Annual CA State Parks Conference in Yosemite in March.

For more information on these talks, plus lots of other interesting beaver stuff, you can check the group’s website at GO BEAVERS! /Gary

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3 Responses to “Martinez beavers take center stage”

  1. Heidi Perryman Says:

    Thanks Gary! Years ago you really helped us change the future of the Martinez Beavers and we always appreciate your support. Who do you want to play you in the movie? :-)

  2. Monica Says:

    Great article. Glad to hear the Martinez Beavers are doing so well. Born Free USA has produced a new co-existing with beaver brochure to add to our co-existing with wildlife series. Here is a link:

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