MCAS Zoom Community Program - MAY 20 - Beavers and Why They Matter

Salinas River Beaver Pond, Atascadero [photo by Emily Fairfax]

MCAS Zoom Community Program

Date:            Monday, May 20th, 2024, 7:00 pm

Program:     Beavers and Why They Matter

Presenter:   Audrey Taub, SLO Beaver Brigade

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All MCAS Zoom Community Programs are free and open to the public. All ages are welcome.

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Description: If you walk along the Salinas River in California much of it is a dry, sandy wash. Imagine instead seeing large expanses of ponds surrounded by lush willows and cottonwoods, teaming with wildlife and birdsong. This difference leads to answering the question, ‘Why Do Beavers Matter?” In this presentation, Audrey Taub will explain how beavers can help make the Central Coast wetter, more resilient to floods, droughts, and fire, thus creating a more sustainable climate for birds and other wildlife. She will also explain how to get involved in promoting the creation of more wetlands in your area by supporting the beavers.

Bio: Audrey Taub grew up on the banks of the Hudson River in New York State. After graduating college with a master’s degree in Mathematics from SUNY Potsdam, she moved to Washington State and became immersed in nature education and mentoring at the Wilderness Awareness School in Duvall, WA. In 2005 she moved to San Luis Obispo County where she lives with her husband and 3 children, tracking animals, gathering wild edibles and swimming in the beaver ponds. She founded the SLO Beaver Brigade in 2019 after a discussion with friends about climate change. More specifically, they asked themselves, “How can we each contribute to climate regeneration?” Audrey’s answer was to focus on the work beavers do as nature’s best engineers to promote a healthy climate.

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