On Friday, Nov. 1, Trout Unlimited and Wenatchee River Institute (WRI) bring together a unique opportunity to both learn about and experience, the Wenatchee Beaver Project. The Project’s efforts involve not only the relocation of “nuisance” beavers, but also focus on helping landowners manage land to be more compatible with beavers. The field trip starts at 9AM from the WRI campus, 347 Division St. in Leavenworth, with a 40-minute presentation about beavers, the Project’s beaver-inspired work, and a demonstration of how live beaver traps are structured. Participants will then tour beaver habitat and several relocation sites in the Leavenworth area, viewing firsthand the Project’s activities from its first 2-years. There will also be an opportunity to set up a mock beaver trap, and see where trapped beavers are held and cared for prior to relocation. During the field trip, there will be ample time for questions and discussion. “It is surprising how dramatically beavers can alter the landscape, and how much that modification benefits fish, wildlife, and vegetation. Beavers are a small animal with one specific habitat requirement that turns into a really big cascade of benefits supporting so many other species,” enthused Cody Gillin, Project Manager for Trout Unlimited and Nov. 1st field trip lead. The field trip will end back at WRI by 2PM. The fee is $28 for WRI-member and $35 for Non-members. Please bring your own snacks and hydration, and dress for inclement weather. Transportation to the sites is available via WRI Otter Van, along with a small amount of carpooling if necessary. Space is limited so please, register soon!