Benefits of Beaver
Beaver are ecological engineers. They create ponds that help retain water and allow the water to recharge aquifers-essential to mitigate the effects of climate change and drought.
Beaver provide many ecological benefits by creating and enhancing wetland ecosystems that provide habitat for fish, birds, moose, insects, and many other animals.
The beaver-built ponds also act as reservoirs effectively storing water and preventing excessive runoff, thereby, mitigating the risks of floods downstream. However, the significance of their pond-building endeavors extends far beyond mere hydrological benefits.
By creating these watery habitats, beavers inadvertently give birth to thriving wetland ecosystems. These wetlands become sanctuaries for a diverse array of critters, providing them with shelter, food, and breeding grounds. In this way, beavers assume the roles of architects, hydrologists, and ecologists all at once, harmoniously weaving together the intricate tapestry of nature's interconnectedness.
Danielle Hallock, Atlas Obscura, January 25, 2024
The U.S. is Bringing Back Nature's Best Firefighters: Beavers
Lucy Sherriff, BBC Future Planet, January 11, 2024
The Solution to Water Woes Could Lie With Beavers
Roberta Staley, Modern Farmer, December 5, 2023
Scientists Use Beavers to Create Drought and Fire Resistant Landscapes
CBS Mornings, Earth 365, August 31 2022
The Beavers Returning to the Desert
Lucy Sherriff, BBC Future Planet, July 13, 2021
Beaver in Utah's Desert Rivers
Shauna Leavitt, UPR Wild About Utah, February 20, 2020
Beaver Power Provides Year-Long Water to Idaho Ranch
Brianna Randall, BEEF Magazine, February 20, 2020
Relocating Commotion-Causing Beavers
Troy Davis, Wildlife Biologist UDWR, Aug 23 2018
A BDA is useful in trying to establish beaver where they may not currently be (but where suitable habitat exists) and may enhance the environment. Beaver relocation is more successful if there is already a beginning of a beaver dam so that they can immediately hide and eat before they need to start building a home and looking for food.