Building on the momentum in the field of beaver coexistence and feedback from our first symposium in 2017, the "Putting Beavers to Work for Watershed Resiliency and Restoration" collaborative is excited to announce we will be hosting a second beaver symposium on October 23-24, 2019.
October 23 (DAY) - Symposium presentations, Ross Glen Hall, Mount Royal University
October 23 (EVENING) - The Beaver Believers film screening, Ross Glen Hall, Mount Royal University
October 24 (TOUR) - Coexistence tools demonstration sites tour, Calgary and surrounding region *Limited to 43 registrants*
The on-going work of the collaborative has focused on generating awareness about the role of beavers as ecosystem engineers and promoting coexistence through the demonstration and implementation of various coexistence tools. Through this work we are continually identifying the need to bring stakeholders together to reflect on and highlight some of the great work that has been on-going within the field of beaver coexistence in Alberta and abroad. There are a variety of groups, ranging from municipalities to environmental non-government organizations to land owners and researchers, who are doing important work to advance the use of beavers to realize watershed health. These efforts will be highlighted and celebrated at the second ‘Putting Beavers to Work for Watershed Resiliency and Restoration Symposium’ in an effort to pass on knowledge of lessons learned and new research to those working to see beavers and humans mutually benefit from coexistence.
Welcome to the Putting Beavers to Work for Watershed Resiliency and Restoration website. Our website focuses on a collaborative multi-year project that is focused facilitating coexistence with beavers so their benefits as a watershed resiliency and restoration tool are realized.
Beavers, Canada's national animal, provide many valuable ecosystem services including storage of water during droughts and flooding, creation of habitat for a variety of species, and improvement of water quality. These benefits allow for the increased watershed resiliency and restoration across the landscape. Land owners can come into conflict with beavers as they can cause damage by flooding roads, plugging culverts or taking down prized trees, which can result in the removal of beavers from the landscape.
This project is a partnership between the Miistakis Institute and Cows and Fish Alberta Riparian Habitat Management Society and aims to increase the coexistence of humans and beavers. By engaging with local land owners and land managers we strive to decrease conflict with beavers, foster social tolerance, and heighten understanding of the benefits that beavers provide us and the ecosystem as a whole. We aim to achieve these goals by conducting a survey to assess knowledge and attitudes towards beavers, hosting hands-on coexistence workshops, and creating information material and videos to increase awareness. If you are interested in learning more about this project and beaver coexistence.
Thank you for visiting our website. If you have any suggestions for additional content or questions about beavers as a watershed resiliency and restoration tool, please contact us.