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Leave it to Beavers: Lecture On Keystone Species

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A lecture on beavers and the role they play in Vermont’s ecosystem will be presented on Sunday, Aug. 4, at the Highland Center for the Arts.

GREENSBORO – People have an opportunity to learn all about the mysterious life of beavers. The Highland Center for the Arts will host a lecture on beavers and the critical role they play in Vermont’s ecosystem, at 3 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 14. Admission is free to the public. The speakers will be John Aberth and Skip Lisle.

Aberth is a licensed wildlife rehabilitator who, two years ago, took on responsibility for two orphaned beaver kits. They lived on a stream at his property through the summer, were taken into his house through the winter and eventually released on part of the Northeast Wilderness Trust land.

Lisle grew up in rural Vermont and is driven by a love of wildlife and improving wildlife habitat. He has a Masters Degree in Wildlife Management from the University of Maine. After graduation he got a job with the Penobscot Indian Nation helping manage wildlife on their 150,000 acres. With hundreds of miles of roads, like all small towns in Vermont, they faced challenges with clogged culverts and asked Skip to find solutions. He developed a “flow device” that was good for the roads, the beavers, and the environment. He has been protecting roads, beavers and wildlife habitat ever since then.

The lecture is sponsored by the Greensboro Conservation Commission, the Vermont Wildlife Education Fund and The Highland Center for the Arts, at 2875 Hardwick St.

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