B.4 Eager Beavers: Managing Ecosystem EngineersDavid Bailey, Elyssa Kerr

Beaver tail-slapDespite drastic reductions in population size due to historic trapping, beavers remain a facet of our local waterways. But why do they build those pesky dams? And what can we do about it?

Beaver benefits are manifold. From water quality improvements to increases in biodiversity to enhancing resiliency of watersheds, the wetlands that beavers create offer a diverse suite of services.

However, with our human infrastructure so intricately tied to waterways, beavers can often seem like a nuisance.

Luckily, there are plenty of ways to manage beavers and retain the benefits that they provide! We will discuss beaver biology, benefits, relocations and management infrastructure to keep these ecosystem engineers in business.