Birds, Beaver and Water in a Changing Climate

Sustainability Summit Poster Created by BAS UCC Intern Cristina Chirvasa for the Weber State University Intermountain Sustainability Summit: Reshaping Our Future (March 17, 2022)

Sustainability Summit Poster
Created by BAS UCC Intern Cristina Chirvasa for the
Weber State University Intermountain Sustainability Summit:
Reshaping Our Future (March 17, 2022)

Beaver were trapped to near extinction, but their re-introduction is proving to be a beneficial, low cost solution to improving wetlands and stream habitats.
The following links provide background for anyone interested in the benefit beaver can bring to a habitat.

Activities:
Birds Beaver and Water Activity Page https://bridgerlandaudubon.org/birds-beaver-water-activity/

Wild About Utah pieces that mention beaver:
Strand, Holly, Beavers: The Original Army Corps of Engineers, Apr 29, 2010, https://wildaboututah.org/beavers-the-original-army-corps-of-engineers/

Leavitt, Shauna, Beaver–Helping Keep Water on Drying Lands, Apr 17, 2017, https://wildaboututah.org/the-beaver-helping-keep-water-on-drying-lands/

Hellstern, Ron, Leave it to Beaver, July 30, 2018, https://wildaboututah.org/leave-it-to-beaver/

Leavitt, Shauna, Proposed Beaver Holding Facility in Millville, Utah, Sept 3, 2018, https://wildaboututah.org/proposed-beaver-holding-facility-in-millville-utah/

Leavitt, Shauna, Beaver in Utah’s Desert Rivers, July 6, 2020, https://wildaboututah.org/beaver-in-utahs-desert-rivers/

Heers, Mary, Beaver Tail Slap, Oct 12, 2020, https://wildaboututah.org/beaver-tail-slap/
(re-aired in late December 2021)

Beaver Notes and Video:

Goldfarb, Ben, Eager: The Surprising, Secret Life of Beavers and Why They Matter, Chelsea Green Publishing, March 8, 2019, https://www.amazon.com/Eager-Surprising-Secret-Beavers-Matter/dp/1603589082/ref=asc_df_1603589082/

Nature’s Engineers: How Beavers Boost Streamflows and Restore Habitat
https://www.sagegrouseinitiative.com/natures-engineers-how-beavers-boost-streamflows-and-restore-habitat/
Randall, Brianna, How Beavers Boost Stream Flows, National Wildlife Federation, January 8, 2020, https://blog.nwf.org/2020/01/how-beavers-boost-stream-flows/

Low-Tech Process Based Restoration of Riverscapes Design Manual
https://lowtechpbr.restoration.usu.edu/manual/

New Manual for Low-Tech Riparian Restoration
https://www.sagegrouseinitiative.com/new-manual-for-low-tech-riparian-restoration/
http://lowtechpbr.restoration.usu.edu/

Beavers, Water, and Fire—A New Formula for Success
Low-tech stream restoration works wonders for people and wildlife

National Wildlife Federation, Randall, Brianna, October 30, 2018,
https://blog.nwf.org/2018/10/beavers-water-and-fire-a-new-formula-for-success/

Alteration of stream temperature by natural and artificial beaver dams
Nicholas Weber ,Nicolaas Bouwes,Michael M. Pollock,Carol Volk,Joseph M. Wheaton,Gus Wathen,Jacob Wirtz,Chris E. Jordan, May 17, 2017
https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0176313
https://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0176313

Beavers in Utah, Creators of Habitat
The Salt Lake Tribune & Utah DWR Brett Prettyman, SLTRIB, Justin Dolling, DWR
Oct 15, 2009 • Utah’s population of beaver has recovered since the days when they were trapped by mountain men, but some people wonder if moving beaver to traditional habitats may help deal with drought.
https://youtu.be/cMhaYRNLTno

Utah Beaver Management Plan, Utah Division of Wildlife Management,
https://wildlife.utah.gov/pdf/furbearer/beaver_plan_2010-2020.pdf

More than 30 years ago, all of Red Butte Canyon’s beavers were killed. Some Utah professors say now is the time to bring them back. Brian Maffly, June 6, 2018
https://www.sltrib.com/news/environment/2018/06/06/push-to-return-beavers-to-red-butte-canyon-picks-up-steam-but-some-worry-what-will-happen-to-popular-garden/

Beavers in the Desert? The Potential for Translocated Beavers to Serve as Restoration Tools in Desert Rivers
https://wildlifemanagement.institute/outdoor-news-bulletin/october-2020/beavers-desert-potential-translocated-beavers-serve-restoration

American Beaver, Zions National Park,
https://www.nps.gov/zion/learn/nature/beaver.htm

Dam Good! Beavers May Restore Imperiled Streams, Fish Populations
July 07, 2016
https://www.usu.edu/today/story/dam-good-beavers-may-restore-imperiled-streams-fish-populations

The beavers returning to the desert, BBC Future, Lucy Sherriff, July 13, 2021
https://www.bbc.com/future/article/20210713-the-beavers-returning-to-the-desert

Leaving it to Beavers, With Their Extended Ranching History on Utah’s Dry Rangelands, the Tanner Family is Returning to USU for Lively Expertise in Holding Water Longer, Shauna Leavitt, Utah State Magazine, Fall 2016,Sage Grouse Initiative,
https://www.sagegrouseinitiative.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/Tanner-Ranch-story_Utah-State-Magazine-Fall-2016.pdf

Kristen Munson, Restoring Degraded Waters, One Pest at a Time, December 7, 2021 https://utahstatemagazine.usu.edu/environment/restoring-degraded-waters-one-nuisance-at-a-time/
Beaver and fire, pp 24-25 Utah State Magazine, Fall 2019, https://digitalcommons.usu.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1113&context=utahstatemagazine

Hafen, Konrad, Beaver as Restoration Agents – Sagebrush Ecosystem Conservation 2016, https://youtu.be/8ehvvGcwwmU
https://www.researchgate.net/publication/301627164_Beaver_As_Restoration_Agents_in_Sagebrush_Ecosystems

McAdoo, Kent, Mellison, Chad, Beaver Ponds As Crucial Habitat for a Sensitive Great Basin Amphibian, https://youtu.be/hGo-Y1bq0S8

Goldfarb, Ben, Beavers, rebooted, Science Magazine, June 8, 2018, (Requires a subscription), https://youtu.be/hGo-Y1bq0S8 See also https://www.beaverinstitute.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/Goldfarb-2018-Science-Beavers-rebooted.pdf

Fur Trapper History:

Rendezvous Sites, The Fur Trade, O.N. Eddins, http://thefurtrapper.com/home/rendezvous-sites/

Etienne Provost, History to Go, Utah State Department of Cultural & Community Engagement, https://historytogo.utah.gov/provost-etienne/

Rood, Ron, Thatcher, Linda, Explorers and Trappers, History to Go, Utah State Department of Cultural & Community Engagement, https://historytogo.utah.gov/smith-jedediah/

Nichols, Jeffrey D., James P. Beckwourth and the Mythology of the West, History Blazer, History to Go, Utah State Department of Cultural & Community Engagement, March 1995, https://historytogo.utah.gov/smith-jedediah/

James Bridger, History to Go, Utah State Department of Cultural & Community Engagement, https://historytogo.utah.gov/bridger-james/

Jedediah S. Smith, History to Go, Utah State Department of Cultural & Community Engagement, https://historytogo.utah.gov/smith-jedediah/

Morgan, Dale, Jedediah Smith and the Opening of the West, Bison Books, June 1, 1964, https://www.amazon.com/Jedediah-Smith-Opening-West-Bison/dp/0803251386/ref=asc_df_0803251386/

Peter Skene Ogden, History to Go, Utah State Department of Cultural & Community Engagement, https://historytogo.utah.gov/ogden-peter-skene/

Cline, Gloria Griffen, Peter Skene Ogden and the Hudson’s Bay Company, University of Oklahoma Press, 1974, https://www.amazon.com/Hudsons-Company-American-Exploration-Travel/dp/0806110732