Living with Beavers, topic of fireside chat

Laurence “Skip” Lisle of Grafton, inventor of the Beaver Deceiver, will give a Fireside Chat Sunday, Jan. 20. Photo provided.

SAXTONS RIVER, Vt. – Main Street Arts and the Saxtons River Historical Society conclude their series of Fireside Chats to highlight the area’s history and culture Sunday, Jan. 20 when the topic will be “Beavers: Answering Your Gnawing Questions.”

Presenter Laurence “Skip” Lisle of Grafton is best known for creating the Beaver Deceiver and the Castor Master, devices that make it possible to live in harmony with Castor canadensis. He received a master’s degree in wildlife management from the University of Maine and worked with the Penobscot tribe to help them control beavers while maintaining their habitats, a dedication he continued with the founding of Beaver Deceivers International. He has worked in habitats all over North America and in parts of Europe.

He is recommending that those attending read “Eager: The Surprising, Secret Life of Beavers and Why They Matter” by Ben Goldfarb for good background information.

Attendees are always invited to share their own experiences, photos, artifacts, and stories related to the topic of the evening.

The series is offered at no charge, with donations accepted. The inn’s dining room will be open for dinner after the presentation for further socializing. Reservations are appreciated by calling the inn at 802-869-2110. In case of inclement weather, cancellation information will be available by contacting Main Street Arts at 802-869-2960 or on their Facebook page.

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