Image titled:  Woody on Parade by Gearhart/ Seaside naturalist, biologist and scientist Neal Maine of PacificLight Images.

 Gallery proceeds to support NCLC, North Coast Land Conservancy.

Fun fact about the Wood Duck: The Wood Duck is the only North American duck that regularly produces two broods in one year. 

Male Wood Duck  photographed on West Lake  in April 2017.

Q: Where in the world is West Lake, you ask?

A: West Lake  is located is Gearhart, Oregon on Highway 101, just north of Hertig Fire Station near the cross road of Del Moore Loop Road.

 

For more about the artist, please visit http://www.fairweatherhouseangallery.com/ artists/ … Neal Maine

 

 


Image title: Hidden Gold.

Long-Billed Curlew.

On migration.

Location: Del Rey Beach, Oregon State Park.

Framed, matted and signed by Neal Maine/ PacificLight Images

Proceeds in support of NCLC, North Coast Land Conservancy

For more info please visit http://www.fairweatherhouseandgallery.com/ … artists/ Neal Maine

This incredibly long-billed curlew is the largest of our shorebirds. It spends the summer on the grasslands of the arid west, appearing on coastal mudflats only in migration. It often occurs alongside the Marbled Godwit, which is very similar in size and color pattern; but the godwit’s bill curves up, not down.

Forages by walking rather quickly over coastal mudflats, using its long bill to probe just below the surface searching for crabs, ghost shrimps, and other creatures.

http://www.audubon.org/field-guide/bird/long-billed-curlew
http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Long-billed_Curlew

Tracking long-billed curlew | The Nature Conservancy
http://www.nature.org/ourinitiatives/regions/…/tracking-long-billed-curlew-1.xml

•North American Bird Conservation Initiative. 2016. The State of North America’s Birds 2016. Environment and Climate Change

 

Q: Where in the world is Del Rey Beach, you ask?

 

A: The largest ocean in the world, the Pacific Ocean  is a just a steps away walk from Del Rey Oregon State Park, just north of Gearhart on the Pacific Coast Highway 101.  There is a quiet, secluded parking area.  Each of the Oregon State Parks is an individual place where people play, picnic, rest, hike, renew, and everything in between.  They are an everyday reminder of the things that make Oregon great, and their very existence is a testament to what we collectively value.

 

Park History: The land was acquired in 1970 by gift from Clatsop County. Free annual day-use attendance: 98,318

 

 

For more info go to: http://www.traveloregon.com   See & Do …Del Rey Beach State Recreation Site | Travel Oregon

 


“As we struggle to adapt to the vagaries of climate change, water stewardship may prove to be the beaver’s greatest gift to us.”
Once They Were Hats, author Frances Backhouse

Fairweather House and Gallery front counter display highlighting BEAVER TALES, May 2017

May marks American Wetlands Month, a time to recognize and celebrate the multitude of ways wetlands contribute to our quality of life.–The Wetlands Conservancy.

 

 

Fairweather Gallery displayed original  art work by Paul Brent, art depicting wetlands for the Beaver Tales exhibit.

Please visit www. fairweatherhouseandgallery.com/  artists/ Paul Brent for more info

 

Fairweather Gallery artist Susan Curington  offered a Painting Seaside LIVE ™ episode during the opening reception of Beaver Tales.

For more info go to http://www.facebook.com/Seaside First Saturday Art Walk

Please visit http://www.fairweatherhouseandgallery.com/ artists/ Susan Curington for more info

Fairweather artist Susan Curington’s Beaver art.
Please visit http://www.fairweatherhouseandgallery.com/ artists/ Susan Curington for more info

Fairweather Gallery artist Agnes Field created fresco paintings depicting beavers for the exhibit.

The Beaver Tales exhibit that continues throughout the month of May in the Fairweather Gallery located at 612 Broadway and in the adjacent pop-up Beaver Tales gallery located at 608 Broadway.

Please visit http://www.fairweatherhouseandgallery.com. artists/ Agnes Field for more info

 

During the opening reception for Beaver Tales special guest speakers spoke about the work wetlands and the good work that beavers do.  Neal Maine, Esther Lev, Katie Voelke, Meylssa Graeber and Sara Vickerman shared stories and suggestions of how to learn more about wetlands and get involved conserving our state treasures.

 

And, too, nearly 100 artists were selected to participate in the BEAVER TALES EXHIBIT, a celebration of beaver art!!! Proceeds in support of The Wetlands Conservancy, Necanium Watershed Council and North Coast Land Conservancy.

Please go to http://www.coast weekend.com to read more about Beaver Tales!

Article titled: Beaver Tales: From near extinction to a place in art
Celebrating nature’s builder
Date: 2017-05-05
story

Grace note to the artists:

“The Seaside exhibit is going very well. Denise Fairweather did an incredible job of securing the pop-up space, furniture and accessories (even beaver sticks) for the display, which resulted in a lovely presentation. Her careful attention to detail and perfectionism are mind-boggling. Even before it officially opened, visitors poured in to view the art. The exhibit is divided between the Fairweather Gallery at 612 Broadway and adjacent pop-up space Beaver Tales at 608 Broadway. Seaside First Saturday Art Walk was a great success, attracting quite a crowd of beaver art enthusiasts. We’ve sold 5 pieces so far at Seaside. Thanks so much for those of you who attended the opening and to Mike Mason, who did a demo of his lovely botanical art on Sunday.

Best wishes, and thanks again for participating in this exciting event.” Sara Vickerman

For more info contact svickerman@comcast.net

503-936-4284

Susan Curington strike-off, Beaver, up close. New original work of art at Fairweather’s.

“For the BEAVER TALES Art Sale and exhibition opening reception on May 6th I’ll come prepared Saturday eve to do a painting demo at Fairweather and give a short talk!” –Susan


“And, too, For the Seaside First Saturday Art Walk event at 5:pm on May 6th, since it’s slightly different with the venue next door in the Pop-Up Gallery, I am able to bring “just printed’ beaver prints. Anything else I can do to support you or the event? Thanks, to both of you (Sara Vickerman and Denise Fairweather) for all of the work and effort and love you are putting into this!”
— Susan

Beaver Tales

May 6th , 5-7

Seaside First Saturday Art Walk

“My Beaver paintings will be in this wonderful show, of our state animal depicted in all mediums. The show will be up May 6-31st.  Benefits the Wetlands Conservancy, Necanicum Watershed and the North Coast Land Conservancy.” –Susan

More info here

https://thegilbertdistrict.wordpress.com/2017/04/19/the-art-of-beaver-tales-seaside-exhibition-opening-may-6th-2017/

To read more about Susan Curington, please go to http://www.fairweatherhouseandgallery.com/ … artists tab/ Susan Curington

Beaver fever hits Seaside, scientist to discuss bringing creatures back
http://www.CoastWeekend.com/ Arts and Entertainment

SEASIDE — Beavers are a much-maligned and, in many areas, banished species, but can play a key role in wetlands habitat restoration efforts, and a Portland scientist will share her ideas on how to bring the animals back.

Kate Holleran, a natural resources scientist at Metro, gave a talk at the Seaside Public Library at on Wednesday, April 19, about her beaver restoration research and her own experience with the critters. She discussed how her team has lured beavers back to streams, and how landowners cope with the results of beaver activity on their property.

“Dam, Beaver! Dam!” was the fourth of five wildlife-themed Listening to the Land presentations in 2017. Admission is free.

Holleran has implemented several projects to improve the aquatic and forest habitat along Johnson Creek on the east side of the Metro district, on Chehalem Ridge on the west side, and on other nearby streams.

Kate Holleran

Visit NCLCtrust.org/dam-beaver-dam for more information on these events.

Listening to the Land is a monthly winter speaker series offered January through May and presented by North Coast Land Conservancy and the Necanicum Watershed Council, in partnership with the Seaside Public Library.

On May 6, artwork depicting beavers and beaver habitat will go on display at Fairweather House & Gallery and other venues throughout town in time for the Seaside First Saturday Art Walk.

A pop-up gallery space in the Gilbert Block Building has been generously provided by property owners, Avery Loschen and Will Perkins.

In addition, author Frances Backhouse of “Once They Were Hats: In Search of the Mighty Beaver”, will make a special appearance at Beach Books.

To read more please visit www. facebook.com/ Seaside First Saturday Art Walk

Agnes Field II

Here is the work on paper and other pieces for the exhibit opening May 6. I have one slightly larger on panel…similar image and color. –Agnes Field

Artist Statement:

“This work is assembled from my surrounding using ephemeral and commonly accessible materials, such as styrofoam, plastic, cardboard, wood and fabric. Tied to the contemporary legacy of Arte Povera, the work attempts to create intrinsic objects that minimize the boundary between everyday experience and the commercialization of formal practice.” –AgF

For more about the artist please go to http://www.fairweatherhouseandgallery.com/ …artists/ …Agnes Field

Q: What is the art movement called, Arte Povera, you ask?
A: Arte Povera means literally ‘poor art’ but the word poor here refers to the movement’s signature exploration of a wide range of materials beyond the traditional ones of oil paint on canvas, bronze, or carved marble. Materials used by the artists included soil, rags and twigs. In using such throwaway materials they aimed to challenge and disrupt the values of the commercialised contemporary gallery system.

For more info about Arte Povera go to:

http://www.visual-arts-cork.com/history-of-art/arte-povera.htm
https://news.artnet.com/market/an-introduction-to-arte-povera-

Fairweather House and Gallery
Seaside First Saturday Art Walk
May 6th, 5-7: pm

Opening reception for HELLO…BEAVER TALES!

New original work by Fairweather resident artists Paul Brent, Mike Brown, Susan Curington, Agnes Field, Mike Brown, Jo Pomeroy Crockett, PhD., and Neal Maine, as well as selected NW artists.

Beaver, our beloved state animal, is woefully misunderstood and blamed for dam building, flooding and munching on plants. In fact, Oregon beaver creates wetlands, habitat for salmon and create pools that keep water clean and moderate fluctuations in water flow.

They are nature’s hydrologists. There is a slow but growing appreciation and recognition of the positive benefits that beaver play in Oregon. It is time for more Oregonians to know about and celebrate our state mammal. Art exhibits are a great way to raise the profile of beaver, wetlands and Oregon artists.
The goal of the exhibition is to recognize the aesthetic and ecological significance our state animal plays in the creation and maintenance of wetland habitats.

Speaker guest speaker at Fairweather’s BEAVER TALES will be Katie Voelke, executive director of the North Coast Land Conservancy.

NCLC is a nonprofit based in Seaside, working toward a Oregon Coast where healthy communities of people, plants and wildlife all thrive.

Please go to http://www.NCLC.org for more information about the land trust.

Katie Voelke grew up in Sacramento and earned a bachelor’s degree in biology at the University of California, Santa Cruz. She worked as a field biologist for the U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management and the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife before joining NCLC as its first stewardship director in 2005; three years later, she became its second executive director.

She and her husband, Scott Kirby, are the parents of three boys. They live in Nehalem.

Seaside/ Gearhart nature photographer Neal Maine, co-founder of NCLC, North Coast Land Conservancy, will be available to meet and greet visiting artists, guests and art patrons.

Please go to http://www.fairweatherhouseandgallery.com/ …artists/… Neal Maine to view a catalog of images available. Proceeds in support of NCLC.

Seaside First Saturday Art Walk hostesses will assist with photo ops, lite bites, and beverages.

Q: What is an  Art Walk, you ask?
A: Residents and visitors alike enjoy an evening of community and culture as various art venues within walking distance of each other host art exhibits, between 5-7 p.m. with the Seaside First Saturday Art Walk. The Art Walk, celebrating 13 years in 2017, is in the historic Gilbert Block Building. It is free and open to the public. Motto: “Those that live for the arts, support the arts.”

FUN FACT:
The Gilbert District, established in 1914, celebrated 100 years of rich history and timeless tradition in 2014. The historic district was awarded the 2004 Oregon Main Street Downtown Gateway Award.

The area is now home to shops, restaurants, galleries and boutiques. Dedicated parking for the district is located one block West off the Pacific Coast Highway 101, on the corner of Holladay and Broadway. Next Art Walk is May 6th, 2017.

For more about the Art Walk, please go to http://www.facebook.com/SeasideFirstSaturdayArtWalk.

Just in. Image titled: We Have Lift Off by Neal Maine/ PacificLight Images. Location: Sunset Beach, Oregon. Date: April 2017. Proceeds in support of NCLC.
Please visit NCLCtrust.org to read more about North Coast Land Conservancy.

See more info about Neal Maine/ PacificLight Images and other exhibits at http://www.fairweatherhouseandgallery.com /…artists /…Neal Maine …/blog.

Q: Where is Sunset Beach, you ask?

A: Sunset Beach is a state park in Clatsop County, Oregon. The park comprises 120 acres along the Pacific Ocean on the Clatsop Plains and is located between Gearhart and Warrenton, Oregon.

For more info please go to:
Sunset Beach State Recreation Site – Oregon State Parks and …
oregonstateparks.org/index.cfm?do=parkPage.dsp_parkPage&parkId=182
Sunset Beach State Recreation Site comes with a very famous past. The park marks the west trailhead of the historic Fort-to-Sea Trail

The osprey is a very unique raptor, standing out not only for its beauty but also for its choice of prey.
Seven fun facts about ospreys:

1. The osprey is the only hawk species in North America that eats almost exclusively live fish.

2. The raptor can dive as deep as three feet into the water for fish, but prefers to hunt in shallower areas.

3. This species is also known as the river hawk, fish hawk or sea hawk. But don’t confuse it with the Seahawk, the mascot of the Seattle-based football team. First, there is no such thing as a “seahawk” (one word). Second, the team actually uses an augur hawk as its mascot, a species native to Africa. The osprey may be known as a sea hawk, but it has no connection to football.

4. The osprey is the second most widely distributed raptor species, after the peregrine falcon, and can be found on every continent except Antarctica.

5. All of the ospreys around the world are part of a single species, with the exception of the eastern osprey which is native to Australia.

6. The osprey species is at least 11 million years old and is so well adapted to fishing that it has evolved unique characteristics that set it apart from other raptor species. These include nostrils that can be closed during dives, and an outer toe that can be angled backwards to better grasp fish. The species is so unique, it is listed in its own genus (Pandion) and family (Pandionidae).

7. Ospreys can live to be 15-20 years old. The oldest known osprey was just over 25 years old. During that long lifetime, the migratory birds can rack up over 160,000 miles of travel. In fact, in 2008 an osprey being tracked by researchers flew an amazing 2,700 miles in just 13 days, traveling from Massachusetts to French Guiana, South America!

For more info about ospreys go to:
Osprey, Life History, All About Birds – Cornell Lab of Ornithology
https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Osprey/lifehistory


THE OSPREY IS BEING CONSIDERED TO BECOME THE STATE BIRD OF OREGON.

To learn more go to: Oregon Senate chooses osprey over western … – Statesman Journal
http://www.statesmanjournal.com/story/…/oregon…osprey…state-bird…/100124452/ Apr 7, 2017

 

 

 

“The Seaside Osprey nest cam is up and running, in exceptional HD quality! HUGE thanks to Sunset Empire Park and Recreation District for hosting the camera, and installing fiber optic cable so the cam can be so clear!”

Thank you Necanicum Watershed Council!

Seaside Osprey Nest located in Broadway Park in Seaside, Oregon 

 

 https://youtu.be/POrdO5y0XxY

 

 

 

Melyssa Graeper
Coordinator
Necanicum Watershed Council
1115 Broadway | PO Box 474
Seaside, OR 97138
503-717-1458 office

CLICK HERE to support our osprey nest cam goals
http://www.necanicumwatershed.org

For more info go to: http://www.facebook.com/necanicumwatershedcouncil

Named the “state animal” in 1969, the American beaver builds the dams and wetlands that serve as habitat for Oregon salmon, steelhead, birds, amphibians and insects. Beavers are nature’s hydrologists, “Beaver Tales: A Celebration of Beaver Art” curator Sara Vickerman … click of the following link to read the entire front page article by Eve Marz, reporter for the Seaside Signal …

Source: From near extinction to a place in art

For more info the participating Fairweather  artists, please go to http://www.fairweatherhouseandgallery.com …artists … Paul Brent, Mike Brown, Susan Curington, Agnes Field, Jo Pomeroy Crockett and  Neal Maine.

Save the date and time.

BEAVER TALES, a celebration of art.

May 6th, 5-7:pm in the historic Gilbert District Block of downtown Seaside

For more info about the Art Walk, please go to http://www.facebook.com/SeasideFirstSaturdayArtWalk

SAVE THE DATE AND TIME!

http://www.NCLCtrust.org
Listening to the Land: Dam, Beaver! Dam!
Wednesday, April 19
6 to 8 pm
Seaside Public Library

And, too, a lot more info about Beavers and all the good things they do for us:

Dr. Stephen Ramsey, from the OSU Center for Genome Research & Biocomputing (the Center has recently announced the completion of its sequencing of the beaver genome, so this is very well timed – http://registerguard.com/rg/news/local/35185225-75/oregon-state-university-researchers-find-benny-the-beaver-fills-big-genes.html.csp)

Frances Backhouse will offer a talk based on her research and writing that appeared in her award-winning book, Once They Were Hats: In Search of the Mighty Beaver. At Beach Books on May 6th at 1:pm. http://www.backhouse.ca/books/once-they-were-hats-in-search-of-the-mighty-beaver/.

The Wetlands Conservancy has posted information on the Beaver Tales art project. The link is below. Feel free to share it with your friends and contacts.
http://wetlandsconservancy.org/stewardship/beaver-tales

http://wetlandsconservancy.org/stewardship/beaver-tales/beaver-inspiration

https://northernwoodlands.org/discoveries/pathways-to-ponds

Here’s a link to an excellent short video, with great aerial depiction of the changes that beaver dams bring to meadows . . .
http://www.animalplanet.com/tv-shows/other/videos/fooled-by-nature-beaver-dams

And for more inspiration, a video of beaver swimming on U-Tube. .https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9cwu_Wu5ONI

CBC News Posted: Apr 02, 2017Great parenting: animals that care for their young in ‘amazing’ ways BEAVERS…

Some parents are a little more dedicated than others, according to wildlife expert Frank Ritcey. Ritcey says beavers take a more paws-on approach to raising their young. They give birth inside their lodges, where kits will stay until they’re old enough to start eating solid food.

“Once they’re old enough to venture forth, they travel about with the parent to learn how to become a beaver. [Kits] follow the adult around and mimic the adults actions,” said Ritcey.

“It’s so cute to watch — but it’s also very important as the young have to learn a whole set of skills like using the right trees to fall and how to build dams and lodges, and in general — how to be as busy as a beaver should be.”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_23vuRU2Ews

 

While nothing can compare to the real beaver it is great to see more comprehensive research about the positive impacts of beaver dams.

http://www.ktvz.com/…/osu-cascades-students-scien…/394113930

 

 

 

And, too, from @MightyBeaver
This page features updates on what’s happening in the beaver world and news about the book.

http://www.cbc.ca/…/canada/hamilton/trapped-beaver-1.4086804

A new addition to the beaver’s resumé — cattle wrangler!
http://www.cbc.ca/…/…/sask-ranchers-stunned-beaver-1.4073018

Beavers get a shout-out for their great parenting skills (especially their “paws-on approach to raising their young”) in this CBC News story. http://www.cbc.ca/…/great-parenting-4-animals-that-care-for…
A successful rescue of a wandering young beaver in London, Ontario.
http://www.thelondoner.ca/…/salthavens-patient-of-the-week-…
What does it mean to coexist with beavers and how do we do that? This short video offers good answers to both questions. https://vimeo.com/96040603