BELFAST — A presentation featuring beaver expert, inventor and entrepreneur Skip Lisle, of Beaver Deceivers International, is set for 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 22, at Waterfall Arts, 256 High St.

His presentation will cover how to install deceivers and other devices designed to protect human infrastructure, wetlands and beavers and cover the indispensable ecological role beavers play in maintaining healthy ecosystems, according to a Midcoast Conservancy news release.

“The assumption is that we cannot outsmart beavers so we have to kill them,” Lisle said, according to the release. “I’ve spent my life inventing and installing a number of devices that permanently outmaneuver beavers. I’ve helped communities across the country and in Poland save huge sums of money, and wetlands in the process.”

Lisle’s talk will demonstrate how towns can save thousands of dollars by permanently protecting roads and culverts from beavers. He will also cover the history of beavers in Maine, and the essential role they play in creating habitat and maintaining healthy aquatic systems.

“I don’t know how many people understand just how important beavers are ecologically. Without beavers we basically wouldn’t have wetlands. We can coexist with them, it just takes some creativity and commitment,” said Lisle, according to the release.

Other Lisle talks are set for 10:30 a.m.-noon Thursday, Feb. 23, at the Ivan O. Davis-Liberty Library in Liberty, and 6-8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 24, at Midcoast Conservancy in Wiscasset.

For more information, or to register for the talk, visit www.midcoastconservancy.org or call 389-5150.

To learn more about Beaver Deceivers International, visit www.beaverdeceivers.com.

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