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October 15, 2018

Teen Science Café explores how beavers change landscapes

Before Europeans settled North America, an estimated 60 to 400 million beavers lived from the deserts of northern Mexico to the arctic tundra of Canada. Beavers were important engineers of wetlands and valley bottoms before being trapped to near extinction in the 19th century. With changing laws and ecosystem dynamics, where are the beavers today? At the next Teen Science Café, Juli Scamardo, a graduate student studying fluvial geomorphology in CSU’s Department of Geosciences, will talk about what environments are important to beavers, what ecosystem factors are affecting beavers in Rocky Mountain National Park, and what people can do to help beavers and the environment here in Colorado.

When: 5-7 p.m., with the presentation starting at 5:30 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 14
Where: Everyday Joe’s Coffee House, 144 S. Mason St., Fort Collins
Presenter: Juli Scamardo from CSU’s Warner College of Natural Resources

RSVP to the Nov. 14 Teen Science Café here.

Nov. 14 Teen Science Café flier

The Front Range Teen Science Café is part of a larger national network of science cafés for teens. ESMEI’S Teen Science Café brings scientists and teens together for a conversation about science in a local coffee shop. A primary goal of the café is for teens to increase their understanding of the nature of science and to develop a realistic perception of scientists and the lives they lead, which they sometimes do not get in school.