The habitat benefits of beavers

Mar 23, 2015
The Land Trust's final 2015 Nature Night featured Suzanne Fouty talking about beavers and the ways they--and other natural partners--contribute to habitat and water security. Read on for more information on the talk and for an OPB audio postcard from the follow-up field trip.

The Land Trust's final 2015 Nature Night featured Suzanne Fouty talking about beavers and the ways they--and other natural partners--contribute to habitat and water security.

Attendees learned how beavers act as water savers. During periods of good snowpacks and lots of rain beavers slow flood waters down, decrease erosion, and store water in the ground and behind their ponds. During times of drought that stored water returns to the rivers to help communities make it through drought with less impact. Read on for a few resources related to beavers and water.

Then, listen to this audio postcard from OPB's Amanda Peacher who joined Suzanne and Land Trust volunteers for a Nature Night follow-up hike.

Resources to learn more about beavers and water in Central Oregon:

  • Worth a Dam: a website for information about beaver benefits, the newest research on beaver contributions to watershed health, and solutions to beaver-human conflicts. Spearheaded by Heidi Perryman. 
  • Drought maps for Oregon
  • Snowpack levels in Oregon