September Ecology Club: Beaver Night

Wednesday, September 11, 2019 - 6:30pm to 8:30pm


Flap your tail and get ready to have a dam good time, this talk is a wild ride full of fun facts and heart warming anecdotes about our furry friends, the beavers! Our guest presenter, Steven Murschel is an environmental scientist passionate about native flora and fauna, wetlands, and urban ecology. As an organizer with West Linn Beaver Ambassadors, Stephen and others lead activities with schools, organizations, and groups of volunteers in an effort to increase awareness for the community about the beavers that live in West Linn and why this species is so important to the natural ecosystem. Beavers seamlessly intersect these topics in unexpectedly impactful ways. Steven (everyone calls him Esteban) is most interested in fostering our perceptions of these impacts in ways that benefit people, the environment, and the beavers! This talk will focus in on asking (and attempting to answer) the question “why are we relocating beavers and why should we care?” Over the past two years, Bark has deepened our commitment to the restoration of Mt. Hood ecosystems by supporting native species like beavers, native plants, and pollinators.
Join us on the second Wednesday of each month to discuss an ecological theme that pertains to Bark’s work on Mt Hood or seasonal skills to give the community a deeper appreciation and understanding of NW ecology. Some months we will have presenters bringing their unique skills to the community. Others, we will work as a group on a predetermined theme to discuss such topics as thinning, fire ecology, wildflowers, birds, road ecology, or other topics the group is inclined to discuss.
At the close of the meeting we will leave time open to further explore the topics of the evening, delve deeper into Bark's work to protect Mt Hood and browse the Bark library. Our library is more than a physical space; it is also intangible, represented by volunteers who are knowledgeable and accessible for people interested in learning more about our work, ecology, public lands management and advocacy. Come peruse our newly acquired selection of resources on everything from hiking to climate justice, and learn about what you can do to protect Mt. Hood National Forest!

Call us at 503-331-0374 or email

Where: Bark office: 351 NE 18th Ave Portland, OR 97232 (next to the Circuit Climbing Gym).
When: 6:30-8:30pm every second Wednesday.

two beavers next to each other on a rocky shore by water