Beaver in a Box!

   Posted by heidi08 On July - 25 - 2017ADD COMMENTS

Fun post yesterday from our beaver friends at Wyoming Untrapped

yearling in a box

Our goal is to educate the public about coexisting with beavers as well as their benefits to any ecosystem. Over 80% of all Wyoming wildlife species use wetlands. Beavers construct new, and enhance already existing, wetlands. Beavers were nearly trapped to extinction in Northwest Wyoming and are struggling to rebound due to pressure from continued trapping, conflicts with landowners, and habitat degradation. The Beaver Awareness and Restoration Project will include an educational component in which area students will work alongside Bridger-Teton National Forest hydrologists, wildlife biologists and land managers to learn about forest management, ecology, wildlife-human conflict, environmental science, and appreciation for beavers.

The program also received a 10,000 dollar grant allowing it to relocate beavers from areas where they were causing problems to higher up stream in uninhabited areas. No other Wyoming organization is advocating for the small, but mighty, beaver which brings numerous beneficial components to the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. WU believes that beavers, and all wildlife, should be valued for their contribution to our wild world!

Yesterday the post had more info about the relocation program, but I commented that it will be wonderful when beavers get to stay where they like and people learn new tools for managing them, and now it’s changed to what I’ve posted here.

I guess I cast kind of a beaver-shaped long shadow. Go figure.


Music to celebrate beavers by

   Posted by heidi08 On July - 24 - 2017ADD COMMENTS

Now is as good of a time as any to talk about our stage line-up for the festival. We have four return favorites and two new delights for your entertainment. This year in addition to Dave Kwinter on bagpipe leading the parade, dixieland (Spirit of ’29), Scottish fiddlers and Americana (The Unconcord), we are adding Western Swing with the Diablo Rhythm Wranglers.
CaptureAlso, for the first time ever we will hear from the beaver himself! Recognized beaver and watershed expect Brock Dolman from the OAEC water institute will be speaking as “Buster Beaver” about the important role that beavers play for salmon, wildlife and water storage. I’m adding the video of his similar presentation at the Annual Daily Acts breakfast so you get an idea of what to expect. You will not want to miss it.

Too much cute

   Posted by heidi08 On July - 23 - 2017ADD COMMENTS

Cuteness overload! Call the police! Our wildlife tattoos from Coyote Brush Studios arrived yesterday and I am in shock about how beautiful they are. Jon and I immediately had to try some out on a few journals just to know how they worked. The big one is my journal made from imperfect seconds. It’s missing the water drop and the turtle because there were none that weren’t perfect and I selflessly (but just barely) didn’t want to ruin any of the 150 children’s sets. The little mini-journals have beaver tattoos we bought separately to sell at the festival. Go ahead, tell me you or your child can resist having their very own. I’ll try and believe you.

tattoos journal

If you’re lucky you have a grandchild or neighbor kid that you can hustle down to the festival so they can earn one of these for free. Then you can steal it back after the work is done and they fall asleep dreaming of beavers after their exhausting and joyful festival. (And yes mom, I know what happened to that Halloween candy every year!) If you can’t cajole a child into coming, you will just have to make a donation and snap up your own.

beaver believer

Meanwhile, we met up with stalwart volunteer and good friend Erika this week and she presented us with a bundle of gifts including a 50 dollar dinner certificate from Metro in Lafayette, and a 100 one from Esin in Danville! Plus she had made some truly adorable additions for the silent auction at her clay class in Walnut Creek. These all hold tea lights, but would work just as well for candy or incense too! They are even cuter in person. Thank you Erika, and you can thank her yourself when you see her working like a dog helping kids with tattoos at the festival!

tummy three



That’s a great deal of cuteness already, I’m sure we’re all weak in the knees at the moment. But it gets better. Because Rusty was back at the pond last night with some photos we all want to see. Enjoy the new Napatopia kits!

two cuties 2017

Seating for two: Rusty Cohn

slight curve

2017 kit: Rusty Cohn