Festival Press Release:

Most people have trouble remembering what they read in the paper 10 years ago, but odds are you remember hearing something about the Martinez Beavers! The unexpected visitors settled in Alhambra Creek in 2007 and caused a controversy that made the headlines and nightly news. When the city was eventually able to find a peaceful resolution, the beavers called the city home for nearly a decade. In fact, it’s so much a part of the town’s shared history now that it’s not uncommon to hear stories like “Well, I know it’s 10 years ago because I was in third grade collecting signatures at Luigi’s store to save the beavers and I’m graduating highschool this summer” or “I was pregnant with Emily when I attended that big meeting at the high school and she’s turning nine next month!”

Say what you want about the beaver story, the animals earned their place in Martinez hearts and history. A place that will be celebrated this summer with the 10th annual beaver festival on August 5th. The event boasts environmental displays from 5 counties, live music, a uniquely wildlife-centered silent auction, and popular children’s activities that combine delightful crafts with environmental learning in an award winning way.

This year the activity will center on learning how beavers help the environment by allowing children to ‘earn’wildlife tattoos designed by Coyote Brush Studios, and the project funded by a grant from the Contra Costa Wildlife Commission and Martinez Community Foundation. The tattoos can then be added to leather covers for nature journals that the children make on sight – the journals come complete with a chewed beaver-stick for a binding!

Not sure how beavers help wildlife? Don’t worry, the festival will teach parcipants everything they need to know with a kid-friendly illustrated ‘beaver wall’ walking through the process, and a costumed beaver expert explaining on stage the good works that beavers do. Brock Dolman of the OAEC Water Institute will be speaking at 12:30 and his acclaimed presentation should leave no question about why beavers deserve their own festival!

As if all this wasn’t exciting enough, award-winning author Ben Goldfarb will also be attending the festival to include in his upcoming book a about beavers. Ben has traveled from Scotland to Alberta to Wyoming in search of the beaver story, but knew the book wouldn’t be complete without a mention of the most famous beavers and the city that saved them.

He’s not the only one, artists and scholars from all over have been amused, inspired and touched by the beaver story. Illustrator Deborah Hocking of Portland was so delighted by the tale that she wanted to design a bookmark for the occasion. Her delightful and whimsical creation will be free to all attendees while supplies last.

Worth A Dam is happy to host the 10th beaver festival, even though its inspiration is no longer living in Alhambra Creek. “The beavers taught Martinez a wonderful lesson over their decade,” says president Heidi Perryman, “And even though the creek isn’t the same without them, we’re happy to share what we learned and celebrate their gifts.”

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Martinez Beaver Festival Promo 2016 from Tensegrity Productions on Vimeo.

The festival is known for having a wide array of Wildlife and Nature Exhibits. Here’s our list of participants so far. Click on each link to learn more about the good work they’re doing and how you can support them!

  1. CA Native Plant Society
  2. Friends of Alhambra Creek
  3. Gardens at Heather Farms
  4. CCC Recorder-Clerk-Elections
  5. Worth A Dam Information
  6. Aquarium of the Bay
  7. Save Mt. Diablo
  8. Bay Nature Magazine
  9. Native Bird Connections
  10. Suisun Wildlife Rescue Center
  11. River Otter Ecology Project
  12. PLAN/Badgers/Madrone Audubon
  13. Parents for a Safer Environment
  14. Ohlone Herbal Center
  15. Republic Services
  16. Felidae Comservation Fund
  17. Coyote Brush Studios
  18. UC Master Gardeners of CCC
  19. Run4Salmon
  20. OAEC Water Institute
  21. Pond Turtle Project OZ
  22. Worth A Dam Silent Auction
  23. Worth A Dam Membership
  24. International Bird Rescue
  25. Project Coyote
  26. CA Bluebird Recovery Program
  27. MDAS Audubon Society
  28. Wild Birds Unlimited Pleasant Hill
  29. The Marine Mammal Center
  30. Salamander Felt Works
  31. Martinez Arts Association
  32. Martinez Open Space
  33. Gardening for Butterflies
  34. Worth A Dam Nature Journals
  35. Worth A Dam Tattoo Parlor
  36. East Bay Regional Parks
  37. South Bay Clean Creeks Coalition
  38. East Bay Sewing Guild
  39. Sierra Wildlife Coalition
  40. US Forest Service
  41. Luigi’s Deli
  42. Plein Air painters MA

 

Event Brochure:

This year we will be helping children make Wildlife Journals with the Tatoos made for us by Coyote Brush Studios. Children will ‘earn’ the collection by learning how beavers help other wildlife. The journals will have leather covers and a beaver chewed binding!

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nature journal

Check out some of the fantastic items that will be offered for low, low prices at our silent auction.

Read more about the festival here:

Martinez: Beavers of Alhambra Creek celebrated at annual festival

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Beavers Back in time for 2016 Festival

This year we will be doing a special Ecosystem Engineer Bracelet, where children can ‘earn’ wildlife buttons made by Mark Poulin by learning how beavers help other species. The free activity will be available for the first 150 children. Don’t be late as this is always our most popular event of the day!

Be sure to visit the new Beaver Mural recently completed by artist Mario Alfaro. What else happens at a beaver festival? This article from the National Wildlife Foundation should give you an idea. Or maybe you should just come see for yourself. Already been to a beaver festival? Come again! You won’t believe how much we’ve grown.

CaptureCelebrating one of Nature’s Greatest Engineers: The Martinez Beaver