The Swing Shift Shuffle is a radio program of swing, big band, jazz, boogie woogie and other popular music from the 1930's and 40's that airs every Wednesday from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. (US Central Time) on WEVL 89.9 FM in Memphis, Tennessee, with a live webcast at In addition to the radio show, this blog is dedicated to all aspects of the Swing Era, including art, automobiles, cartoons, comics, history, movies, music, news, science, technology, and anything else that happened during that time. It also includes announcements about events in the Memphis/Mid-South area related to the Swing Era, such as classic movies, concerts, dances, lectures, etc. If you see something that fits the description, send it to me at If you would like more information about the radio show, just go to the Radio Show FAQ page.

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Airborne Beaver Commandos!

Boing Boing pointed me to this video posted by the Idaho Fish and Game department.  It is a 1950 documentary about the trapping and relocating of muskrats, beavers and martens to new habitats to avoid overpopulation and damage to crops.  Apparently, they wanted to move the beavers to such remote locations that the only way to reach the new habitats was by air.  The result?  Beavers parachuting out of airplanes in little boxes that opened upon landing.

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