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Welcome to our site! Beavers: Wetlands & Wildlife is an educational nonprofit that has been helping people learn about a species that builds the land's best life support system - and about lasting, win-win solutions for beaver/human conflicts for over thirty years.

Play Intro Video to BWWAll species are important in an ecosystem, but keystone species like the beaver run the show by creating vital habitat for wildlife, and valuable natural services for people. Yet only a small fraction of North America's original Castor canadensis population, prior to European settlement, remains today. Asia and Europe had even greater losses of the Eurasian beaver Castor fiber, and many countries are now trying to restore the furry engineers.

While most benefits of beaverworks (dams and wetlands) are hidden, they are nonetheless very real. This species can be an important ally in solving the earth's major environmental problems.

When conflicts with beavers arise, Beavers: Wetlands & Wildlife (BWW) suggests first identifying the specific problem, and then using environmentally sound, cost-effective methods for lasting solutions. Being proactive is best, but often people create a beaver management plan when it is needed. More and more, individuals, communities, agencies and others are opting to save money, lives and the environment with win-win solutions.

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What's New

Busy season for BWW!  We’ve given more Coexisting with Beaver programs than ever this summer , including recent ones for the Sacandaga Garden Club and at the Boquet River Association meeting in Essex, NY.
BWW consulted at Hewitt Lake in the Adirondacks in June.  It was a perfect, sunny day for a canoe tour. Both the residents and their superintendent want environmentally sound, cost-effective,—and lasting methods to coexist with the local beavers. 
Naturalist Jeff Tome has won a BWW membership for planning a successful Living with Beavers April workshop at the Audubon Community Nature Center in Jamestown, NY.  BWW also consulted at the center’s Big Pond about a beaver flow device to manage the water level.
 Beaver Believers, a new documentary, shows how people in several states are working with “nature’s engineers” to solve our most important environmental problems. It will be screened at BWWs meeting at 6:30 pm on Thurs., April 18 at the Little Falls Public Library (10 Waverly Pl.) Little Falls, NY. All are welcome. 
How will you celebrate International Beaver Day 2019 on April 7th? Let us know your plans (who, what, when, where etc.) via an email to You could win a BWW membership with a subscription to Beaversprite!
The State of the Beaver 2019 conference will be on Feb. 19-21 at the Seven Feathers Convention Center in Oregon. “Bringing Back Beavers to Bring Back Life” is the theme of the international gathering this year. For more info click on:

New Hampshire town seeks state approval to install more "beaver deceivers.” They help maintain water levels without harming wildlife. Click below for full story

Please sign the petition urging BNY Mellon Bank of Philadelphia to reopen Reineman Sanctuary and Beaversprite Nature Center.  Both have been closed for over a year—despite the wishes of the Sanctuary’s funder Florence Erdman and its founder Dorothy Richards.
How will you celebrate International Beaver Day (IBD), April 7?  Tell us your plans (who, what, when, where and why) for the 7th— or later in April— to recognize these flat-tailed eco-heroes by emailing  Three with the best ideas will win a 2018 Beavers: Wetlands & Wildlife (BWW) membership, including a subscription to our news-magazine Beaversprite.  
US Wildlife Services suspends beaver-killing program in Oregon. Read More.
The Beaver Institute aims to help landowners with beaver conflicts via education and funding for solutions that maximize beaver benefits. Congratulations to founder Mike Callahan and his team for launching the Institute’s new website. Read more at the website
Hope Ryden, author of fine wildlife books and longtime member of BWW’s Advisory Board, has died. “Let’s Hear it for the Eager Beaver,” an article that Dorothy Richards urged her to write for the NY Times Magazine, was largely responsible for the beaver becoming New York’s state mammal in 1975. She will be missed. Read more in the NY Times
BWW recently gave a program at The State of the Beaver 2017, an international conference held in Oregon.  Read more.
Learn the latest about beavers in the U.S. and Europe at the State of the Beaver 2017,  conference on Feb. 22—24 in Canyonville, OR.  This year’s theme is Agents of Regeneration.
BWW has been helping Animal Allies (Legos) school teams from different states. See the Beaver Bots' photo, posted Nov. 27 on BWW's Facebook page. (Please "like" our all-volunteer nonprofit's page.)
Beavers: Wetlands & Wildlife (BWW) leaders, Owen and Sharon Brown, were honored to receive the James & Virginia Francis Conservation Award from the Kirkland Bird Club for 2016. 

The Kirkland Bird Club has been a popular nature and birding club in the Utica, NY area for almost fifty years. The Club created this award, named after James and Virginia Francis who were active conservationists and nature enthusiasts, to recognize environmental achievements.

Beavers: Wetlands & Wildlife (BWW) is an educational non-profit that has been helping people learn about this keystone species, and find win-win solutions for beaver problems, for over thirty years. Although BWW is based in New York, their work has included consulting and giving programs nationwide as well as internationally. The organization created International Beaver Day that celebrates the animal engineers on April 7 each year.

Urgent' call for Scots beavers to be recognized as native species. Read More.


BWW member Karen Arnett’s efforts for a beaver-friendly solution at a Mt. Healthy, Ohio park paid off when Ohio DOT sponsored Mike Callahan’s installation. Read More.


Thanks to all who helped stop a NY bill to legalize cruel snares (A927a, the so-called “live restraint cable device” bill). Special thanks go to recently retired HSUS Albany lobbyist Dora Schomberg. Her weekly visits with decision-makers made a real difference with this bill—and with many others over a few decades.


Here’s some fine photos of beavers emerging from the ice—and breaking it:

taken by Spring Farm CARES Conservation Director (and BWW Board member) Matt Perry.

Good news from Mason, Ohio. A bothersome beaver who's made his home at the city's Pine Hill Lakes Park has been granted a stay of execution – for now.  

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Columbus, Ohio Metro Parks Installs a Beaver
Flow Device—Using BWW’s “Coexisting...” DVD...Read More


Beaver ponds offer habitat to wildife but can cause flooding.... Read More.

Also, see proven methods to prevent beaver flooded roads.


Town, residents to work on solution to beaver dams  DOLGEVILLE, NY — Leave the beaver dams along Carlson Road alone.... Read More.


Plans are underway to kill 100,000 beavers in the southern region of Argentina—that suffers from widespread desertification.... Read More.



Beaver create Fish and Wildlife Habitat for Tahoe Donner.  Tahoe Donner is lucky to have two beautiful streams…  Read More


Leave it to Beavers

[a new PBS TV documentary] tells the story of beavers in North America ….and their current comeback as modern day eco-heroes. Read More


Bring back beavers to stop flooding, urges Mammal Society.   In the aftermath of the recent severe flooding... Read More


Have you checked the BWW Facebook Page lately?  Hope you’ll “like” it.


Beaver trap breaks man's leg….

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Putting Nuisance Beavers to Work:   With their strong buck teeth and flat tails, beavers are the engineers of the natural world. Read More.



A win-win for beavers, humans and our habitat 

Beavers are mobile creatures in water but not so fleet ...  Read More.

Belarus Beaver “Attack” was Self Defense, according to Beaver Expert Dietland Muller-Schwarze

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Beavers can help us avoid disasters, like the on-going wildfires in the US West, where there are widespread droughts, and the current flood damage along the Mississippi River due to high water breaching levees. See the article Beaver Wetlands.




Wildlife Services Sued

Wildlife Services (WS) is being sued because the agency’s wildlife damage program is based on outdated science and uses indiscriminate methods.… Read More  

Newspaper article on “The killing agency…”



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