October Ecology Club: Smokey the Beaver!

Thursday, October 15, 2020 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm

Never has there been a more pressing time to discuss what opportunities humans have to better coexist with wildfire. Until recently, one of our most valuable firefighting allies has remained overlooked: the beaver. Please join us for our October Ecology Club where we will host Dr. Emily Fairfax, author of new research into the relationship between beaver habitat and wildfire behavior.

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Beavers build dams, dig channels, and change small streams into broad wetland areas - keeping them green and lush, even during periods of drought. These beaver-assisted green patches in the landscape can act as a refuge for species that may be physically unable to escape a wildfire. You can see this relationship play out in this stop animation video created by Emily Fairfax. Dr. Fairfax uses a combination of remote sensing, modeling, and field to work understand how beaver damming changes these landscapes and on what timescales those changes operate.

At this month's meeting, we will also hear some updates on statewide efforts to ban lethal beaver trapping on federal lands in Oregon. 

Join us online each month for Ecology Club! We discuss an ecological themes related to Bark’s work on Mt Hood or seasonal skills to give the community a deeper appreciation and understanding of NW ecology. Some months feature presenters, who bring their unique skills to the community. Other times, we will work as a group on such topics as thinning, fire ecology, wildflowers, birds, road ecology, or other ecologicical knowledge.
At the meeting's close, we leave time open to further explore the topics of the evening, delve deeper into Bark's work to protect Mt Hood, and learn about what you can do to protect Mt. Hood National Forest!

This event is free + open to the public. If you have any questions, reach out to us at 503.331.0374 or email michael@bark-out.org

photograph of a young beaver, fur wet, swimming in a wetland with text that reads ecology club, second wednesday of each month