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Beaver slaps spotlight on Martinez

Billy the Beaver (also known as National Wildlife Federation volunteer Mike Bergstrom) shows off his tail to a curious patron at the 8th annual Beaver Festival, Saturday, Aug. 1, 2015. Bergstrom entertained attendees of the festival as both Billy the Beaver and Ranger Rick Raccoon at “Beaver Park” (intersection of Castro and Marina Vista streets) in downtown Martinez. (E. CLARK / Martinez Tribune)

MARTINEZ, Calif. – Nature enthusiasts, conservationists and wildlife rescue organizations were out in spades last Saturday to celebrate a species that once faced extermination in Martinez. The 8th annual Beaver Festival drew more participants and visitors than ever, growing from just eight booths in 2008 to over 40 booths at ...

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