Frustrated by beaver chewing or flooding?

What is the conflict?

Humans often kill beavers when their damming and tree-chewing behaviors cause problems such as flooding and destroyed vegetation. This approach is ineffective because new beavers will soon move into the empty habitat. Lethal trapping, dam destruction, and culvert unclogging are only temporary solutions that, in the long-run, are expensive and unsustainable.

How is coexistence possible?

Beavers and the wetland habitats they create are beneficial to people, plants, animals, and entire landscapes and watersheds. We believe it is possible for people to share land with live beavers while addressing flooding and tree-chewing problems using long-term, cost-effective solutions.

Upcoming Event: ‘The Beaver Believers’ Documentary Film Screening

Who: YOU! HBCF supporters, beaver believers, and the beaver curious 🙂 Everyone is welcome! What: A film screening of ‘The Beaver Believers’ documentary with Q&A to follow Where: The Open Book at 104 Main St. Warrenton, VA 20186 When: November 28, 2023 at 7:30PM Why: Our first in-person Giving Tuesday fundraiser! How much: $10 per…

HBCF’s First Intern

Meet Jane Braswell We’re thrilled to welcome Jane, our new intern for the Fall 2023 semester. Jane is working towards her M.Sc. degree at George Mason University, validating tools to better understand wildlife species’ physiological responses to environmental pressures. Her other interests include animal behavior, human-wildlife coexistence, private lands conservation, and data science. Jane grew…

Not a Beav: Animals Who Look Like Beavers

You saw a furry, brown critter. So, was it a beaver? This is a muskrat. Muskrats are smaller than beavers with long, skinny, hairy tails, but they do often share habitat. When they swim at the surface, muskrats move their tails from side-to-side in the water. This is the easiest way to identify a muskrat…