Help Wanted. Let’s Roll!
Photo by Rob Rich in Whatcom County, WA
In my last blog I wrote about the need to rapidly spread knowledge about the many benefits of beavers and effective beaver management tools. Beaver Institute Inc. was formed to serve as the catalyst for this change on a continental scale.
Our mission is to advance beaver management and watershed restoration by providing technical and financial assistance to public and private landowners experiencing beaver conflicts, supporting scientific research, training mitigation professionals, and increasing public appreciation of the beaver’s important environmental roles.
In order to achieve all these lofty goals we need to enlist an army of like-minded souls. Our beaver army will touch the hearts and souls of our countrymen and women by every means possible. Website, social media, news outlets, newsletters, interviews, webinars, conferences, scientific research, workshops, etc.
Nelson Mandela famously said “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” And with our allies across the continent, we can change how society views beavers.
To make this happen we could use you. Please go to www.beaverinstitute.org/about/support and choose your preferred way to participate. No matter what your background and experience are, I am sure we have a task for you that you will enjoy and feel good about. It is far more important to want to make our world a better place, than it is to have a specific skill to offer. Please consider donating just one hour per week, which would be very helpful to our mission.
The other important piece to our continental puzzle is raising the funds to subsidize our outreach programs for progressive management, research and education. We are confident and excited about this as we just received our first grant of $10,000 from the Animal Welfare Institute (www.awionline.org). By the Spring 2018 we expect to be fully funded to support our ambitious outreach programs.
The Beaver Institute is just getting started. Hop on board and enjoy the ride!!!!