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Interactive Beaver Habitat – High Dessert Museum

This virtual experience is part of Dam It! Beavers & Us, an exhibition by the High Desert Museum in Bend, Oregon, open through October 3, 2021. This interactive experience teaches us the many ways in which Nature’s Engineer improves landscapes, creates habitats for native species, and can positively impact humans. A great experience for children and adults alike!

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Coexisting with Castor canadensis

Posted in Rappahannock News in May 2021, this article highlights the local struggle between landowner and beaver. The author highlights the benefits of coexistence, BDA’s, and techniques for beaver management.

Partnering with Beaver to Restore Wetland

A short presentation from the Society of Wetland Scientists webinar in April 2021, given by Mark Beardsley of Eco Metrics, LLC in Colorado. Beardsley amplifies many voices of the beaver community in a presentation about how a lack of understanding of stream ecosystems has prevented human and beaver from reaching a complete state of collaboration. He describes in detail how active beaver wetlands create ecosystem services more abundant than wetlands without beaver.

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Eyes in the Wild

Sally Naser uses trail cameras to capture photo and video of wildlife, including beavers. In the article, she describes how the footage helps landowners connect with wildlife and understand how important it is to preserve their existence.

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In Beaver World

Late 1800s – 1900s beaver studies which cover a period of twenty-seven years through every State in the Union, Mexico, Canada, and Alaska.

Design and Analysis of a Population Model for Beaver (Castor canadensis)

A mathematical model for the dynamics of a harvested population of beaver (Castor canadensis) was developed based on the natural history and biochronology of the species. This discrete-time, deterministic model breaks the annual cycle of a beaver population into six periods and tracks the transitions between periods for forty sex/age classes.

Composition of Beaver Colonies in Damage Sites of the Southeastern United States

This study was conducted to examine the social structure of beaver colonies occurring in the southeastern United States.

Beaver (Castor canadensis)

A review of the history, biology, behavior, and management of the North American beaver.

Linking Time Budgets to Habitat Quality Suggests that Beavers (Castor Canadensis) are Energy Maximizers

Study that tested whether beavers are energy maximizers by verifying the prediction that they allocate time to foraging activities independently of habitat quality in Kouchibouguac National Park of Canada in New Brunswick.

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Foraging Decisions of North American Beaver (Castor canadensis) are Shaped by Energy Constraints and Predation Risk

Study to determine if beavers are able to assess the risk of predation by using two main cues: the distance from the water and the presence or absence of predator odors.

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At Asylum Lake Preserve in Kalamazoo, Humans Work to Outsmart Beavers – a Welcome Nuisance

The article describes beaver behaviors and how they affect ecosystems, highlighting a university lake preserve in Kalamazoo where humans are learning to coexist with beaver. The author highlights the successful use of a beaver deceiver device in the preserve.

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All About Beavers – Video for Children

A 3 minute educational video on beavers that is geared to children.

Dam It: Why Beavers Matter

Learn about nature’s most ingenious engineers with Ben Goldfarb, author of “Eager: The Surprising, Secret Life of Beavers and Why They Matter.”

Overview of Beaver History, Ecology and Management in North America

A brief overview of beaver history, ecology and management in North America.

Beaver Benefits Info Sheet

Educational handout on the benefits of beaver ponds. Permission to distribute.

Beavers and Conservation in Oregon Coastal Watersheds

Summary of the benefits of beavers, their conflicts with humans, and the policies and conditions that affect their survival

The Engineering in Beaver Dams

Review of beaver dam construction and how their technology may allow to create novel, nature based solutions for ecosystem redevelopment and river renaturalisation.

Pollux & Phoebe

A story about tidal beavers on the Chesapeake in Maryland.

Watch: How wolves ambush their beaver prey

This study revealed that wolves rely on the poor eyesight of beavers to ambush them, but their success rate is not very high. Video included.