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BeaverCON: A Biennial International Conference

BeaverCON 2024 will occur at the University of Colorado (CU) – Boulder from October 18-24, 2024.

The 3rd biennial global gathering for knowledge-sharing, restoration and reunion with beaver (castor canadensis / castor fiber), featuring presentations, discussion, panels, storytelling, science & art, field trips, and workshops over five days. The conference is an opportunity for multiple paths to converge and collectively learn from, relate to, and imagineer a future of ecological balance with beavers.

The main conference is Monday, October 21, Tuesday, October 22 & Wednesday, October 23 with wraparound activities on October 18, 19, 20 & 24. We will release the full schedule, speakers and agenda in early July. Please be sure to sign up for our newsletter for early announcements on speakers and information surrounding our workshops, field trips, etc.

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BeaverCON Sponsorship

We’re now accepting conference sponsors at all levels. For more info please email beavercon2024@gmail.com.

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Request for Proposals

Our Request for Proposals is now closed and under review. Thank you to each and every person who took the time to submit. All proposals will be considered for BeaverCON, as well as Beaver Institute’s expanding public programming, from webinars to knowledge-sharing sessions to the National Beaver Working Group.

BeaverCON Hotels

Room blocks are reserved at Embassy Suites and Hilton Garden Inn. Please book before September 27 to receive our group’s preferred rate. Parking is $16 per night.

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BeaverCON 2024 Field Trips

CAMERON PEAK WILDFIRE FIELD TRIP
Saturday, October 19 // Full day
Join University of Minnesota ecohydrologist Dr. Emily Fairfax as she leads a tour of the 2020 Cameron Peak Wildfire burn scars. After a megafire ripped through this remote landscape, Dr. Fairfax and a team of scientists determined beaver dam and canal-building activity resisted fire destruction and may be key in future wildfire mitigation and restoration. This site is not suitable for people with limited mobility. Transportation and lunch included.

URBAN BEAVER FIELD TRIP
Sunday, October 20 // Full day
Beavers in the city? You bet. Join us for a tour of several urban beaver sites in and around Boulder, Colorado with instructors expanding upon the science, conservation, coexistence, and restoration of beaver populations within city limits. Most sites are accessible by people who use a wheelchair or have limited mobility. Transportation and lunch included.

 

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WETLAND BEAVER FIELD TRIP
Thursday, October 24 // Full day
Sarah Marshall, an ecohydrologist at Colorado State University’s Colorado Natural Heritage Program, will lead a site visit of the Arapaho Ranch area in nearby Nederland, Colorado. This beaver wetland habitat offers a firsthand look at the successes and failures of beaver management, restoration and coexistence. This field trip is not suitable for people with limited mobility. Transportation and lunch included.

BeaverCON 2022 Planning Committee

Get to Know BeaverCON

In recent years an increasing body of knowledge has demonstrated the many benefits of beavers, as well as innovative, cost-effective methods to manage them. North America’s most valuable Keystone species, the beaver, can naturally restore healthy streams and watersheds, improve water quality and storage, combat climate change, increase biodiversity and even recover endangered species, including salmon.

The vision for BeaverCON is to bring professionals, practitioners, and others dealing with beaver issues and wetland restoration together on to share the latest research and best management practices for “Nature’s Engineer”, the North American beaver.

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BeaverCON 2020

Our inaugural conference, BeaverCON 2020, was held March 3 – 5, 2020 near Baltimore, MD. It was a huge success with over 160 attendees from North America and Europe. At the conference it was clear,”…across more than 30 presentations at BeaverCon, one theme consistently emerged: We humans need a major re-education on the place of beavers in our landscape (with the exception of many Indigenous peoples who have maintained traditional ecological knowledge). Western society needs more beaver believers, which is to say, we need to rethink the path towards healthy watersheds.” Read more coverage of BeaverCON 2020 from Jennifer Sherry’s post (NRDC).

For conference photos, additional speaker information and a list of our sponors please visit the BeaverCON archives.

Beaver illustration

BeaverCON 2022

Our second conference, BeaverCON 2022, was held June 13-16, 2022 near Baltimore, MD. We had 200 attendees with 48 presenters from the United States, Canada, Wales, the Netherlands, and England. A wrap-up video details the highlights of the conference.

BeaverCON 2022 highlighted the important connection between beavers and climate resilience. Beaver-created wetlands boost climate resilience by increasing biodiversity, storing water that recharges groundwater while creating natural wildfire breaks, reducing storm flood events, and more!

Many presentations are available to watch from both 2020 and 2022 on our Beaver Institute YouTube Channel.

Dr. Glynnis A. Hood, Professor of Environmental Science

“BeaverCON brings together the newest ideas in beaver ecology and management, and the people who make things happen.”

Dr. Glynnis A. Hood, Professor of Environmental Science