On Wed., July 7, at 7:00 p.m., the Great Bay Discovery Center is hosting a program on beavers. Through their dam building activities, beavers have served a historically important role as a natural form of environmental disturbance in NH. Beaver ponds and meadows create habitat for fish, reptiles, amphibians, birds and mammals. Matt Tarr a Wildlife Specialist for the University of NH Cooperative Extension is the presenter.

He will be discussing the natural ecology of beavers and cover such topics as why beavers make dams, what areas are most suitable for beavers, how to improve beaver habitat, how to discourage beavers from colonizing a stream or pond and how to control flooding in areas where beavers are maintaining active dams. Matt works in close cooperation with the NH Fish and Game Department to help landowners and communities maintain, improve, and conserve wildlife habitat on their lands.

The program is free with light refreshments and information on beavers will be available. It will be held in the Hugh Gregg Coastal Conservation Center located on the grounds of the Discovery Center at 89 Depot Road right off Route 33 on the Stratham/Greenland town line. For more information on this program or other programs and events, please call the Center at 603-778-0015 or go to www.greatbay.org.


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