The tail slap of a beaver kicked off the first river-clean up, and a bottle in the shape of a flamingo became a figurehead for the second. These are two of the “treasures” Taftsville Chapel Mennonite Church, Taftsville, Vt., discovered while serving the Ottaquechee River, just a quarter mile from their church.
The congregation held two river clean-ups in response to Mennonite Creation Care Network’s summer 2018 river challenge. The first was geared toward walkers and involved a river road. The second was geared toward paddlers.
“None of us were previously aware there was a neighborhood beaver,” Heather Wolfe, Taftsville’s creation care liaison reported. They shared the river with painted turtles and saw an eagle as well.