I appeared on the NRK live broadcast television program Sommeråpent on 8 August 2017. The broadcast was at Nelaug train station in Åmli kommune. I’ve has worked on the history of beavers in Norway and Sweden and Åmli holds a special place in that history because all beavers in Scandinavia originate from there. I had the chance on the program to introduce this history, as well as the historical use of beaver products.
While I was waiting for the filming to begin, I got to sit with the taxidermied beaver on a picnic bench. I had lots of kids stop by so I got to give mini-talks about beavers and their history. The kids were very interested and some even brought their parents over after hearing about the beavers to show the parents what they learned. It was great!
So here’s the video of my part on the show, which was broadcast live on NRK 1 and is now available in the video archive:
This blog of course contains much more information about the beavers of Åmli for you to read, such as a post about my visit to Næs Ironworks, a post on the Beaver Whisper Peder Jensen, and a post inspired by my first visit to Elverheim museum on castoreum.
While I was in the area, I also had a meeting with Tonje Ramse Trædal of Elverheim Museum (who was kind enough to provide the beaver and castoreum sacs for the TV appearance). We are planning a museum exhibit to mark the 100 year anniversary of the beavers being sent in 1921 from Norway to Sweden for reintroduction. I’m excited about this opportunity to reach an even bigger Norwegian audience with this research.