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Hi, there, beaver fans and flat-tailers (and I am not talking about MIT or OSU alumni! :-0) Mike here at Watershed Guardians. As you may know this is a busy time of year for beavers. They are finishing their dams and making their lodges cozy for their kits, due in early spring. Late November is also a busy time for Watershed Guardians.
We are in the final days of our #givingtuesday campaign. #GivingTuesday is your opportunity to help us keep beaver in your watershed. We have volunteers calling donors thanking them for their past support and encouraging new donors to support our movement. Thank you, Kaylee, Charlotte and Patty, for your hard work! Wouldn’t you love to get a call from one of our lovely ladies thanking you for supporting beaver conservation? Click here to donate.
You can find out more about our work by reading below and you may make a secure on-line donation here. Once at the donation page, you can specify the amount you'd like to donate and where you would like your donation to go. If you don't select and option, we will use it for necessities such as printing, postage rental and utilities. You know, keep the "lights on". You can also mail a check to:
Watershed Guardians, Inc.
PO Box 634
Pocatello, Idaho 83204
I thank you and wish you the coziest of Holidays in your warm lodge.
P.S. If you would really like to increase your impact, consider making a monthly donation. Just check the “monthly box” on our donation page!
Your comments on beaver trapping must be received by December 2nd!
We cannot overstate the importance of you sending your comments to Idaho Fish and Game on the Upland Game and Furbearer management plan. While this plan focusses on upland game birds and other furbearers, we would like you to focus your attention on beaver. We have created an overview and a position statement regarding beaver management in SE Idaho. To aid in this process, we have written a list of talking points on our Take Action page. This page will also have mailing addresses and email addresses to those who make comments. The deadline for these comments is December 2nd, so PLEASE, visit our “Take Action” page and comment ASAP. Remember to personalize your comments as much as possible!
Last year, Idaho Fish and Game's Dan Garren expanded the trapping season by a month, the impact on all of the beaver populations is unknown. Your counting effort will be directly relayed to the agency staff responsible for ensuring that our, I mean YOUR, watershed remains vibrant. Now , more than ever we need census information that can tell us what effect these decisions have on beaver populatons.
In 2022, the district Ranger approved the construction of "Beaver Dam Analogues", with little understanding of their impact on beaver populations. They assumed that the organization would herald the deployment of the "majic bullet "of watershed restoration. We did not. Currently, about 1/3 of the 90 or so dams have been installed on the South of the Mink. We need eyes, pictures, stories and your completed log sheet to give us the first data point on the effect of these structures on actual beaver. Artificial dams have also been constructed on the West Fork. Will beaver majically appear? We need to know.
Thnaks to all of the wonderful donations from tim, TTina, Patty and Linda who gave guestsat our first "Beavers And Brews" event a chance to win some great are and a cool bike. We raiseed over $1,100 which will belp propel us into our next year of beaver conseration. These funds will help with our Web fees and also help us rent snowshoes for our upcoming BeaverCount!
Leif and Peter interview Watershed Guardians founder and Excutive Director Mike Settell about the origins of the organization (It was a bet), and the multiple benefits offered by and challenges facing beaver in Idaho.
The half-hour program features Peter Pruett, Zoo Idaho Superintendent, and Dr. Leif Tapanila, Director of the Idaho Museum of Natural History, highlighting how the Gem State’s wild places have shaped Idaho’s past, present and future. The show features segments on nature news and a fun fact.
“Idaho has so much to offer in terms of varied landscapes, habitats, geology, and people,” said Peter Pruett. “ ‘The Nature of Idaho’ is about sharing our excitement for all that is wild Idaho - the places and the faces.”
"We hope our listeners will take a little time with us to reconnect with nature, whether we're talking about digging up dinosaurs or listening to crickets in the backyard,” said Dr. Leif Tapanila. “There's always something amazing going on outside."
Those who are unable to catch the airing of The Nature of Idaho can download a podcast of previous episodes at kisu.org/programs/TheNatureOfIdaho. Click here or scroll down to download and listen to the file.
Your watershed is like your community: Respect it and it will take care of you. (Video by Mitch Popa)
The "Canadian Wannabe Swamp Donkeys" patrolling for beaver during BeaverCount (DV-1)
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Are we racing towards drought? Will there be sufficient water for the future? What are the solutions. Check out our newest video that answers some of these questions
Flat-tailers are what we call our beaver volunteers. Please donate to help them continue their studies in outdoor leadership.
Want a deeper dive on beaver behavior? What about conflicts? Water quality? Learn more by consulting these resources
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Want to help in other ways? We may need material or services. Perhaps we are looking for some truck hauling or something you can do from home? Click the "Volunteer" button below and find a list of services or other ways you can help. You might be surprised! (Photo: ISU leadership students help others by leading them on snowshoe excursions into the Watershed.
Joan is showing a future flat-tailer how beavers help with the watershed
We are a community-based organization focused on helping make the natural world around us a better, happier place. With the help of our tireless volunteers, we organize fundraisers, fund community-building events, and host in-depth training for our volunteers.
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Thank you to all who helped out with BeaverDamJam-Idaho. Special thanks to those who donated items for the Raffle (Sportsmans and CAL Ranch); the silent auction (to many to count) and Countless volunteers who helped. Also, special shout out to Teran Engle who ran the sound for us. You rocked it!