Wednesday, 28 December 2011

Beavers helped to build America (this is a fact, not a joke :)

Read this article to find out how beaver activity up to thousands of years ago affected sedimentation and left its lasting mark within North America's ground.

Saturday, 17 December 2011

Colorado relocates beaver, why can't we?

Here's a great article in the Denver Post about Sherri Tippie, Colorado's only licensed, live trapper who relocates beaver. She's relocated close to 1,000 beaver and she's a staunch beaver advocate. She believes all life is valuable and equal to that of humans. Read more about her here. It's well worth reading. Love the pic of her kissing the head of the beaver.

Wednesday, 14 December 2011

Beaver Happy Holidays card to mail to Mayor Watson

Hello everyone! I made a "Happy Holidays from Lily and Lucky and all the Beaver in Ottawa" card that you can  colour and mail to Mayor Watson. Click here to get a copy. We need to remind him that we are making sure that he implements the Wildlife Strategy so that we can coexist in harmony with our wildlife. We want him to know that just because Lily and Lucky were spared, we are not stopping our fight to save the rest of the beaver in Ottawa. I hope he receives many cards. Happy Holidays and may 2012 bring positive change and compassion for all.

Tuesday, 15 November 2011

Bad news for beavers - CBC News reports that beavers are known for their dam-building abilities, which causes problems for local farmers and along exercise trails where trees in excess are chewed down. In March 2011, “the provincial government of Canada had pledged $500,000 to help remove beavers and dams from areas where water-loving animals are causing damage.” (The money was matched by rural municipalities.)

The money was matched???? So, this means a cool million to slaughter beaver. I love how our government uses the word "remove" so that people think the beavers are relocated. When I started publicizing the fact that the beaver in our pond were not to be 'removed and relocated' like everyone thought was the case, AND that they'd be crushed to death in conibear traps, boy oh boy did that cause people to sit up and take notice!

NOTE: Canada’s Department of National Defense has placed an initial order of 1,000 beaver fur-trimmed caps at a cost of $65,000. The hats are for use by guards of honor and Canadian Forces for winter protection. (Globe and Mail)

Monday, 14 November 2011

This wonderful beaver poem by Mark Seth Lender aired on Living on Earth October 7th, 2011. It is set to footage of the Martinez Beavers. Enjoy! 

Welcome everyone to our celebration of Lily and Lucky! We will be posting the incredible story of how they were saved from being trapped and killed by the City of Ottawa, along with news articles, videos, photos, art, etc. Please join our blog and follow the updates about these wonderful aquatic residents of Paul Lindsay Park pond in Stittsville! Here is one of our rare photos of Lily - we hope to share more soon.