To celebrate beavers and their contribution to the ecology of the North Coast, Lower Nehalem Watershed Council (LNWC), The Wetlands Conservancy (TWC) and community partners have come together to host the Beaver Tales Art Exhibit and Events during the month of August.
Beaver Trail Tour. Connecting the beauty of beavers in art and their role as engineers in natural landscapes, Lower Nehalem Watershed Council and community partners will lead participants on a tour of beaver habitat sites throughout the Nehalem Watershed on August 19th from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm. The tour will stop at 2 – 4 locations where participants will be able to see different examples of active and historical beaver activity. Alix Lee, coordinator for the Lower Nehalem Watershed Council will lead the tour and provide narrative on beaver ecology, history and importance for maintaining healthy ecosystems on the North Coast. Transportation between sites will be provided and has been funded by Tillamook PUD. This event is part of Explore Nature, consortium of volunteer community and non-profit organizations working to provide meaningful, nature-based experiences in Tillamook County. This effort is partially funded by the Economic Development Council of Tillamook County and Visit Tillamook Coast. Registration is required and limited to 15 participants. Visit www.explorenaturetillamookcoast.com <www.explorenaturetillamookcoast.com/> to sign-up and for more information.
Movie Night: “Leave it to Beavers”. Partnering with Lower Nehalem Community Trust, join LNWC at Alder Creek Farm at 7:00 pm on Saturday, August 19th for movie night in the barn which will feature the PBS documentary “Leave it to Beavers”. The hour long documentary examines beavers in a new light, revealing the ways in which the presence of the industrious rodents can transform and revive landscapes. Bring a comfy camp chair and settle in to learn about these fascinating builders and brilliant hydro-engineers. This is a fun and educational event for adults and children of all ages, sorry no dogs allowed. Alder Creek Farm is located at 35955 Underhill Lane, Nehalem.
Beaver Tales Art Exhibit is open for viewing from July 31st – August 30th at the North County Recreation District (NCRD) in Nehalem, 36155 9th Street. Featuring juried art for purchase, a portion of the sales from the exhibit will benefit The Wetlands Conservancy and Lower Nehalem Watershed Council. The traveling exhibit includes artwork of all kinds, from paintings to fiber, wood, stone, glass and ceramics. With regional and local artists displaying their work, this stop in Nehalem will bring together a multitude of styles and creativity.
The goal of the Beaver Tales Art Exhibit and events is to recognize the aesthetic and ecological significance our state animal plays in the creation and maintenance of wetland habitats. Beavers, though woefully misunderstood, actually create and sustain wetlands that aid in resuscitating wetland and riparian stream habitats. They play a central role in shaping our future as we prepare for transformations that a warming and changing climate may bring. The sponsoring organizations are working together to learn more about how we can work with beaver to conserve and restore natural systems.
For more information on the exhibit and additional activities, please check the LNWC Facebook page at www.facebook.com/lnwc1 <www.facebook.com/lnwc1> and TWC website at www.wetlandsconservancy.org <www.wetlandsconservancy.org/>.