Annual Meeting on November 3

Westford Conservation Trust – Annual Meeting

American Beaver

When: Thursday, November 3, 2016 at 7pm

Where: Parish Center for the Arts (PCA), 10 Lincoln St, Westford, MA 01886

Guest Speaker: Mike Callahan, Beaver Solutions

Our guest speaker this year will be Western MA based Beaver Solutions founder Mike Callahan. Mike will talk about beaver behavior and biology and the latest in beaver management techniques. Questions from the audience will be encouraged! Come join us to learn more about these amazing creatures and some ideas about working together in resolving beaver/human conflicts.

Business Meeting – A short trust annual business meeting will be held from 7:00-7:30pm. Our guest speaker will follow this brief business meeting. Refreshments will also be served. Hope to see you there!


Here’s the ‘tail’ of a ‘beaver splash’

A Beaver’s Tail (wdfw.wa.gov)
The tail of a large beaver may be 15 inches long and 6 inches wide. It is covered with leathery scales and sparse, coarse hairs.The beaver’s tail has important uses both in the water and on land. In the water, the animal uses its flexible tail as a four-way rudder.

When diving after being frightened, a beaver loudly slaps the water with its tail; the sound warns all beavers in the vicinity that danger is near, and perhaps serves to frighten potential predators.

On land, the tail acts as a prop when a beaver is sitting or standing upright. It also serves as a counterbalance and support when a beaver is walking on its hind legs while carrying building materials with its teeth, front legs, and paws. Contrary to common belief, beavers do not use their tails to plaster mud on their dams.

The tail stores fat, and because it is nearly hairless, releases body heat, helping the beaver to regulate its body temperature.

 

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