Beaver Corps Training Program and Fundraiser Update

Nearly 2 weeks ago the Beaver Institute launched a new Beaver Corps training program with a corresponding fundraiser. I have some good news and some bad news. Interest in our new Professional Beaver Corps training program has far exceeded our expectations. We are thrilled at the number of people interested in learning successful techniques to non-lethally resolve beaver conflicts. The bad news is that our all-volunteer organization is now in greater need of financial support to train all these students. Please consider helping us financially, no matter how modest. Thank you.
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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!

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Why Give a DAMn? – Water Quality

Categories: Education | Research

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.

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Why Give a DAMn? – Spiritual Growth

Categories: Blog

Our recent blogs have cited multiple reasons to “Give a DAMn” about coexisting with beavers including biodiversitywater storagestream restorationsalmon 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.

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Why Give A DAMn? – Biodiversity

Categories: Blog | Education

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.

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Why Give A DAMn? – Salmon Restoration

Categories: Blog

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.

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