Ask Our Experts

Answers to your questions about gardening, energy, homesteading and other sustainable living topics.

Help! We Have Beavers on Our Land. What Should We Do?

2/18/2009 12:00:00 AM

Tags: beavers, wildlife

We have many beavers growing and working on our land! How can we understand their “work” and how can we work harmoniously with the beavers. The locals just suggest “trapping them,” which doesn’t suit our style!

Beavers, like humans, alter their habitat to suit their needs. Unlike most human landscape alterations, however, the changes beavers make support ducks, wading birds, amphibians, fish and numerous other wildlife species. Beavers dam streams with branches and mud to create ponds. Ponds provide these semi-aquatic, vegetarian rodents with protection from predators and places to build their lodges. Beavers feed on the bark of trees and use branches and logs to build their dams. You can protect specimen trees from beaver damage by wrapping them with four feet of hardware cloth. You can purchase exclusion devices that prevent beavers from building dams over stream culverts and flooding yards and neighborhoods.

— David Mizejewski, naturalist, National Wildlife Federation



Related Content

Little Beaver’s Hydraulic Earth Drill

Little Beaver’s Hydraulic Earth Drill offers an efficient and dependable solution for multiple diggi...

Under the Covers with a Flashlight

The quiet low of January has broken, the promise of spring and its seedy optimism is evident in the ...

A Small-Scale Natural Disaster

Cam describes a natural disaster on a small scale near his home.

The Chickens are Coming, The Chickens are Coming

It is officially spring at The Pomponio Homestead despite the icy drizzle and the date. I asked the...

Content Tools
RSS




Post a comment below.

 







Subscribe Today - Pay Now & Save 66% Off the Cover Price

First Name: *
Last Name: *
Address: *
City: *
State/Province: *
Zip/Postal Code:*
Country:
Email:*
(* indicates a required item)
Canadian subs: 1 year, (includes postage & GST). Foreign subs: 1 year, . U.S. funds.
Canadian Subscribers - Click Here
Non US and Canadian Subscribers - Click Here

Lighten the Strain on the Earth and Your Budget

MOTHER EARTH NEWS is the guide to living — as one reader stated — “with little money and abundant happiness.” Every issue is an invaluable guide to leading a more sustainable life, covering ideas from fighting rising energy costs and protecting the environment to avoiding unnecessary spending on processed food. You’ll find tips for slashing heating bills; growing fresh, natural produce at home; and more. MOTHER EARTH NEWS helps you cut costs without sacrificing modern luxuries.

At MOTHER EARTH NEWS, we are dedicated to conserving our planet’s natural resources while helping you conserve your financial resources. That’s why we want you to save money and trees by subscribing through our earth-friendly automatic renewal savings plan. By paying with a credit card, you save an additional $5 and get 6 issues of MOTHER EARTH NEWS for only $12.00 (USA only).

You may also use the Bill Me option and pay $17.00 for 6 issues.