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Beavers Myths Busted

Beavers do not eat fish. Beavers are strictly herbivores, but they don’t eat only trees either! As ‘choosy generalists,’ their diet consists of many species (80+) of woody, herbaceous, and aquatic plants. Most people blame author C. S. Lewis for the common misunderstanding about beaver diet, as he wrote in The Chronicles of Narnia that they eat fish.…

Common Tree-Wrapping Mistakes

Protecting individual trees from beaver chewing is a cheap, long-lasting, nonlethal, and effective coexistence strategy when done correctly. Avoid these common mistakes so you don’t duplicate effort or waste money on the wrong materials: Inappropriate fencing material– Beavers can chew through chicken wire (pictured below) and other flimsy metal or plastic mesh. We recommend heavy…

Tree Protection Mini Workshop & Volunteer Day

12/21/2021 Human-Beaver Coexistence Fund (HBCF) partnered with the Potomac Valley Audubon Society (PVAS) for an educational and productive volunteer afternoon to protect priority trees at Cool Spring Preserve from being felled by beavers. HBCF founder and former PVAS AmeriCorps volunteer, Alison Zak, taught participants how to coexist with beavers by wrapping trees to protect them from…

What is a flow device?

A flow device is built through a culvert or beaver dam to maintain an appropriate water level in the pond while allowing beavers to continue living at the site. They are also known as pond levelers and beaver deceivers. Taking into account the specific characteristics of a site is crucial for designing, building, and installing…

Why beavers matter

Coexisting with beavers provides many benefits for humans, native plants and wildlife, and the landscape, including: Stream repair & restoration Erosion reduction Increased biodiversity Creation of habitat for wetland species, including some whose conservation status is under threat Beaver ponds recharge aquifers and stabilize the water table Beaver dams regulate stream flow which in turn…

Did you know…beavers don’t eat fish? (And other myths)

Beavers don’t eat fish. Beavers are strictly herbivores, but they don’t eat only trees either! As ‘choosy generalists,’ their diet consists of many species (80+) of woody, herbaceous, and aquatic plants. Many people blame author C. S. Lewis for the common misunderstanding about beaver diet, as he wrote in The Chronicles of Narnia that they eat fish.…

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