This week marks the beginning of a whirlwind year of events all about Oregon’s beloved beaver.
Frances Backhouse Reading
February 8, 7:00-8:00 pm Broadway Books, Portland
The Wetlands Conservancy welcomes Canadian author Frances Backhouse who will do a reading of her book Once They Were Hats: In Search of the Mighty Beaver. The book was heralded by The Globe and Mail as one of the “20 books you’ll be reading – talking about – for the rest of the year”.
Beaver Tales Exhibit Kickoff and Reception
February 9, 4:00 – 8:00 pm LaSells Stewart Center, Corvallis
The Beaver Tales Art Exhibit showcases the beauty and utility of beavers and the habitats they create and maintain. Beaver Tales features the work of over 100 artists who have contributed paintings, photographs, and sculptures using an incredible array of materials including wood, glass, clay, pine needles, cedar bark, leather, felt even cross-cut saws. Join us for a reception on February 9th.
5:00 – 5:45 Several art/science presentation on research and the natural history of the beaver, including:
Dr. Stephen Ramsey, from the OSU Center for Genome Research & Biocomputing
Dr Mark Needham from the OSU Department of Forest Ecosystems and Society
Esther Lev from The Wetlands Conservancy
Mike Dicianna from OSU Special Collections and Archives
5:45 -6:00 France Backhouse will speak about her research and writing of her award winning book, Once They Were Hats: In Search of the Mighty Beaver
6:30 -8:30 Public Reception to celebrate art, the science and the people who made it possible.
Artwork left to right: Busy Beaver by Tim Turenne, Resting a moment by Angi Grainger, Chewy by Sue Kramer, Alder Nosh by Mary Burgess