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11/27/17.  The December program of Outsider Corps is on the way. "Boats, Bikes and the Big Blackwater: Exploring Georgia."  Paddle through Okefenokee swamp (the Big Blackwater). Cruise on the deserted beaches of Cumberland island. There may be guest appearances.

11/24/17. 125 people attended the screening of the film "Rethinking Beaver: old nuisance or new partner?" and asked great questions of our panelists, Michael Bain, Julia Davis, Terry Mitchell, and James Rogers. Thank you to our panelists and to the Quivira Coalition staff. We met a lot of wonderful people at the conference.

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10/25/17.  The film screening Rethinking Beaver: old nuisance or new partner?" will be open and free to the public. Catch it in Albuquerque, at the Embassy Suites at 7:30 pm on Nov 16th. This is part of the Quivira Coalition Conference.

10/22/17.  The Institute is launching its first local project in Idaho - Nurture the Natives. We are very excited to be working with the Idaho BLM and the Sawtooth National Forest on this project - with more local partners to come. Outsider Corps volunteers will also have plenty of chances to be involved.

10/12/17. Thank you to Whiskey Jacques for being the first sponsor of the Outsider Corps.

Date, time and location for the Outsider Corps is on the calendar - in ink.  2nd Weds of the month, 5:30 PM, upstairs at Whiskey Jacques (for non-locals, that on Main Street Ketchum).

Nov program 11/8/17

Dec program 12/13/17

Jan 10, 2018 and so on... sign up for email alerts in case of changes.

10/5/17. We are excited to announce that the film Rethinking Beaver: old nuisance or new partner? will be shown at the Quivira Coalition Conference at 7:30 pm on November 16, 2017, in Albuquerque, New Mexico. If you are a rancher looking for more info on beaver, come hear the pros and cons, straight from other ranchers, at this event.  More news on this event coming soon.

9/21/17. In Idaho, the Institute has launched a new program called Outsider Corps that will share personal stories of outdoor travel, adventure and volunteer nature projects far and wide. All designed to inspire you - and inspire giving back to nature - from local to global. 

We are still firming up a location. Stay tuned. Meanwhile you can sign up for email updates here.

2/1/17- 2/5/17. Staff members Bill Morris and Cathryn Wild attended the Cowboy Poetry Gathering in Elko Nevada, where the film "Rethinking Beaver: old nuisance or new partner?" was shown four times at the Maggie Creek Ranch (where parts of the film were shot) and at the Northeastern Nevada Museum as part of our outreach to ranchers on the topic of beaver as a stream restoration tool. Our thanks again to the Searle family and Jon Griggs for their support of this film and the great times we shared. Yes, we managed to have a little fun at the Gathering too...

The Flying Armadillos at the 2017 Cowboy Poetry Gathering

The Flying Armadillos at the 2017 Cowboy Poetry Gathering

Dec 2016. The Commission on Ecosystem Management of the IUCN has covered the workshops from the Institute in their newsletter which goes out to conservation professionals around the world.

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11/15/16.  Kind of humongous news... the Institute is formally "establishing a presence" (since we don't maintain offices) in a second state, Idaho. Holy smokes we are excited to grow and to work in this great place.

Bullwinkle is everywhere in Idaho

Bullwinkle is everywhere in Idaho

11/2-3/16.  Staff members Cathryn Wild and Bill Morris attended the beaver restoration workshop and science exchange in Boise, where Cathryn presented on working on private lands and with private land owners around the West. The workshop/science exchange was hosted by the USGS and US Fish and Wildlife Service and focused on restoring western streams by reintroducing beaver or beaver-related processes, especially in semi-arid areas.

Private lands are important everywhere in the West for conservation and so many other things.

Private lands are important everywhere in the West for conservation and so many other things.

Fall 2016. Institute staff Cathryn Wild and Bill Morris were on the road most of the fall season traveling around the West to show the film "Rethinking Beaver: old nuisance or new partner?" Why did we travel? Couldn't we just put the film on YouTube? Well, we wanted to bring the film straight to ranchers and other land managers, make it easy to see, ask questions, raise all kinds of ideas, discuss problems and share experiences. When you are dealing about a complex topic like beaver restoration, nothing better than person-to-person communication.

Lander WY. Screening co-hosted by John Coffman of the Nature Conservancy.

Lander WY. Screening co-hosted by John Coffman of the Nature Conservancy.

Angel Fire NM. Screening co-hosted by the Cimarron Watershed Alliance. Special thanks to Julia Stafford Davis of the CS Ranch, Gus Holm of the Vermejo Park Ranch, and Tim Herfel, all around make-the-community-better-guy.

Angel Fire NM. Screening co-hosted by the Cimarron Watershed Alliance. Special thanks to Julia Stafford Davis of the CS Ranch, Gus Holm of the Vermejo Park Ranch, and Tim Herfel, all around make-the-community-better-guy.