Public lecture - Leave it to Beavers: The Science of Making a Wetland - Orcas Island
Eastsound, WA 98245
Room Number: 500 Rose Street
Join Shawn Behling, Furbearer Biologist with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, in a discussion and presentation that will deepen your appreciation and understanding of beavers in our local ecosystems.
We will discuss mitigation techniques for dealing with human-beaver conflicts, the benefits of beavers on the landscape, and what landowners can do when our coexistence plans fall short. This talk will be geared towards adults, but kids will find fun beaver facts to walk away with, too!
Co-sponsored by the Orcas Island Library
When: Friday, Sept. 22, 5:00pm
Where: Orcas Island Library
No registration required
Shawn Behling is a furbearer biologist, ecologist, and plant physiologist educated at Seattle University, University of Maryland, and University of Washington. While her degrees focus on plant science, she began working with beavers while completing her PhD work.
By constructing beaver mitigation devices with Beavers Northwest, she learned about the ecology and behavior of these animals and instantly fell in love with both beavers themselves and spending as much time as possible in waders.
She currently works for Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife and spends her time overseeing the Beaver Relocation Program and various GIS-based wetland projects.