Celebrate International Beaver Day* on April 7 with the online California Beaver Summit that afternoon and a second session on April 9. 19 beaver experts will present short programs during the two half-day sessions from 1-5 pm (PT). After registering in advance at https://cabeaversummit.org, you can watch live on Zoom, according to your time zone....Read More
As record-breaking wildfires rage in the West and heat-fueled storms cause major damage elsewhere, our president calls climate change a “hoax.” Pres. Trump’s administration keeps on quietly stripping away hard-fought, vital protections (over 100 environmental laws rolled back) for clean air, clean water, and our public wild lands. We can end the disastrous anti-science policies...Read More
Good ways exist to celebrate International Beaver Day 2020, April 7, or later in April, Beaver Awareness Month— even with “stay-at-home” guidelines. They only prohibit outdoor activities where people gather together without social distancing. It’s still fine to walk to a beaver pond alone, or with others who stay 6 feet apart. Spending time in...Read More
Owen Brown, President of Beavers: Wetlands & Wildlife (BWW), and Sharon Brown, wildlife biologist at the educational nonprofit, were given the “BeaverCON 2020 Lifetime Achievement Award” at a March 3-5 conference in Baltimore, MD. Mike Callahan, President of the Beaver Institute, gave them the award, and remarked, “For me, this is personal. The Browns were...Read More
Beavers: Wetlands & Wildlife responded to a surge in requests in 2019 by doing more consults and outreach than ever. This included giving beaver programs for the Great Swamp Conservancy, Audubon Community Nature Center (ACNC), Sacandaga Garden Club, a Rochester, NY climbing venue, Shawangunk Nature Preserve, and the Boquet River Association, among others (Photo shows...Read More
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. The photo below shows Owen during an earlier visit with some of the lake’s residents.
Naturalist Jeff Tome has won a BWW membership for planning a successful April Living with Beavers workshop at the Audubon Community Nature Center in Jamestown, NY. BWW also consulted about a beaver flow device at the center’s Big Pond to manage the water level.https://www.facebook.com/BeaversWW/photos/a.146503698869821/1280448685475311/?type=3&theater
Castor canadensis, the American Beaver, a Wetland Ecosystem Engineer By Thomas J. Slabe Wetlands throughout most of North America are highly correlated with the American beaver (Castor canadensis), which before European settlement numbered between 60 – 400 million (Seton, 1929). Today beavers number at around 6 – 12 million (Naiman et al., 1988). Butler and...Read More