Beaver Corps Training Program and Fundraiser Update
Beaver Institute Celebrates First Year
The Beaver Institute Celebrates its First Year and Launches Training Program !!!
In recognition of both our one year anniversary and the launching of our exciting new Beaver Corps training program, we are announcing a Matching Fund Drive for student scholarships.
Large or small, double your donation and imagine the satisfaction of helping a worthy student and how many beavers and ecosystems they will preserve!
Why Give a DAMn? – Water Quality
Clean Water is Precious, Essential for Life – Viewed from space, Earth is a water planet. Yet 97.5% of our planet’s water is undrinkable saline. Only 2.5% of all water is freshwater, and the majority of that is locked up, frozen in glaciers and polar ice. Surface freshwater makes up only 0.03% of all our planet’s water. We need to protect this essential resource. Beavers can help! How cool is that? Please read more.Read More
Why Give a DAMn? – Spiritual Growth
Our recent blogs have cited multiple reasons to “Give a DAMn” about coexisting with beavers including biodiversity, water storage, stream restoration, salmon recovery, and because cost-effective solutions exist when beaver activity poses problems for people. All these reasons are intellectually and/or emotionally compelling, and anyone of them is reason enough to jump on the beaver bandwagon. However, there is another strong reason to promote beaver co-existence, fostering our spiritual growth. Intrigued? Please read more.Read More
Why Give A DAMn? – Biodiversity
Back in 1998 when I first learned that beavers are critical for biodiversity I was amazed. I was immediately hooked by the realization that if we learned to coexist with beavers we would be supporting a myriad of other species at the same time. How cool is that?! Rather than just helping one species, there was a multiplier effect. Coexisting with one species, saved many!
So exactly how do beavers create biodiversity? To understand the answer to that important question let’s take a trip back in time.Read More
Why Give A DAMn? – Salmon Restoration
Many fisherman believe beavers are bad for native cold-water fishes such as trout and salmon. They will claim the dams create obstacles to fish movement, sediment buries fish eggs that need oxygen, and the ponded water is warmed by the sun to the detriment of cold water fishes. These are all reasonable assumptions, so beavers must be bad for trout and salmon, right? WRONG! Research has shown that in most cases streams with beaver dams actually produce larger and more numerous native trout and salmon.Read More