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Beavers in the News Media

This is a list of some information that has appeared in the news media, arranged by descending date of publication. Much of it is supportive of beavers and their important role in the ecosystem as a keystone species. Listing a news item here does not mean that the Refuge necessarily endorses or agrees with anything mentioned. Be aware that many people view beavers as a consumable resource or 'pest'.

  1. Agyepong-Parsons, James. 2020-02-20. "The benefits of letting beavers loose in England's rivers". ENDS Report accessed 2020-02-23 (file copy; click linked image to enlarge)
  2. 'I think people are waking up to what beavers can do and how exciting it could be if we brought them back,' said [Mark Elliott from the Devon Wildlife Trust]. 'We call them the keystone species because of the benefits that they create for other wetland species by creating new habitat and helping manage flood risk as well.'
  3. Ianni, James. 2020-02-20. "The furry ecosystem engineers of the Copper River Delta". The Cordova Times accessed 2020-02-20 (file copy)
  4. After many years, the dams created by these furry engineers have created new habitats for other plants and animals.
  5. Barkham, Patrick. 2020-02-17. "Beavers cut flooding and pollution and boost wildlife populations". The Guardian accessed 2020-02-17 (file copy; click linked image to enlarge)
  6. Beavers have alleviated flooding, reduced pollution and boosted populations of fish, amphibians and other wildlife, according to a five-year study of wild-living animals in Devon.
    The report, which will help the government decide whether to allow wild beavers to return to England after being hunted to extinction more than 400 years ago, concludes that the species has brought measurable benefits to wildlife and people.
  7. Barkham, Patrick. 2020-02-01. "Dam fine: estate owners across UK queue up to reintroduce beavers". The Guardian accessed 2020-02-04 (file copy)
  8. A YouGov poll this week found overwhelming public support for reintroducing beavers into Britain, with 76% of people supporting the idea, by far the most popular mammal for reintroductions ahead of the wild cat, wolf and lynx.
  9. Morris, Steven. 2020-01-30. "'Drivers of change': beavers released on National Trust land to ease flooding risk". The Guardian accessed 2020-02-04 (file copy)
  10. As ecosystem engineers the beavers will develop wetland habitat, increasing the variety and richness of wildlife in the local landscape. Their presence in our river catchments is a sustainable way to help make our landscape more resilient to climate change and the extremes of weather it will bring.
  11. Felling, Kyle. 2020-01-28. "Discover Nature: American Beavers". KBIA accessed 2020-01-30 (file copy; click linked image to enlarge)
  12. This week on Discover Nature, watch for an ecological engineer, and unsung steward of streams.
  13. Hall, Steve. 2020-01-27. "Beavers: Nature's Architects and Engineers". Adirondack Almanack accessed 2020-01-28 (file copy; click linked image to enlarge)
  14. Anonymous. 2020-01-15. "From what they eat to where they sleep: Everything you need to know about beavers". ITV News accessed 2020-01-17 (file copy; click linked image to enlarge)
  15. Beavers provide woodland management by gnawing down trees and stimulating growth - they 'coppice' trees like willow, hazel, rowan and aspen.
    "Where the beavers are being released, we've got an amazing potential for wetland habitat, and the beavers are a massive help in creating that as ecological engineers."
  16. Keach, Sean. 2020-01-15. "DAM! Beavers to be re-introduced in England 500 years after being wiped out by hunters". The Sun accessed 2020-01-17 (file copy; click linked image to enlarge)
  17. "Beavers do modify the habitats and landscapes they live in through coppicing, feeding and in some cases damming (beavers living on lakes or large rivers have little need of constructing dams)," the Cumbria Wildlife Trust explained.
    "All of these modifications have a positive effect on biodiversity.
    "Beaver adaptations can bring enormous benefits to other species, including otters, water shrews, water voles, birds, invertebrates especially dragonflies, and breeding fish.
    "Their dams can hold water in periods of drought, can regulate flooding and improve water quality by holding silt behind dams and catching acidic and agricultural run-off."
  18. Anonymous. 2020-01-09. "Beaver named Animal of the Year 2020 in Latvia". The Baltic Times accessed 2020-01-10 (file copy)
  19. It is morally incongruous that Latvia should declare the beaver "Animal of the Year" and still allow hunting of these animals. We hope for a more enlightened position at some point.
  20. Anonymous. 2020-01-02. "Experts hail success for England's only wild beavers". Jersey Evening Post accessed 2020-01-04 (file copy)
  21. Hester, Jessica Leigh. 2019-12-05. "On an English Estate, Reintroduced Beavers Might Make a Damn Difference". Atlas Obscura accessed 2019-12-11 (file copy)
  22. McLeish, Todd. 2019-12-05. "Beavers Continue Their Rhode Island Comeback". ecoRI News accessed 2019-12-09 (file copy)
  23. We do not agree, of course, with any 'management' that involves killing beavers.
  24. Morris, Steven. 2019-11-20. "Beavers to be released in plan to ease flooding and aid biodiversity". The Guardian accessed 2019-11-22 (file copy)
  25. Gienapp, Kate. 2019-10-31. "Abating beavers' impacts: Flooding near Aberdeen results in use of 'deceiver' device". Gunnison Country Times accessed 2019-11-02 (file copy; click linked image to enlarge)
  26. ...rather than eliminate beavers from the area altogether as has been tradition elsewhere in the valley, the Historical Society searched for an alternative solution.
  27. Wasser, Miriam. 2019-10-15. "Getting A-Log: More In Mass. Seek Coexistence With Beavers". WBUR accessed 2019-10-16 (file copy)
  28. Hallock, Dave. 2019-10-02. "A look at nature: Leave it to beaver". The Mountain-Ear accessed 2019-10-07 (file copy)
  29. Anderson, Jim. 2019-10-02. "A Valuable Commodity: How the beaver contributed to Oregon becoming a state". Source Weekly accessed 2019-10-07 (file copy)
  30. Chayne, Kamea. 2019-09-10. "The vital role of beavers in enriching and strengthening our ecosystems (Interview with Ben Goldfarb of Eager)". Green Dreamer accessed 2019-09-10 (file copy)
  31. Haag, Justin. 2019-09-03. "Tool-sharpening dam builders". Norfolk Daily News accessed 2019-09-04 (file copy)
  32. Kepes, Betsy and Moe, Todd. 2019-08-14. "Chewing over three books about beavers". North Country Public Radio accessed 2019-09-10 (file copy)
  33. Vartan, Starre. 2019-08-13. "Beavers on the coast are helping salmon bounce back. Here's how". National Geographic accessed 2019-08-16 (file copy)
  34. West Sider. 2019-08-05. "Beaver Frolics in the Hudson Outside Former Trump Buildings". West Side Rag accessed 2019-08-06 (file copy)
  35. Ryan, Christian. 2019-07-30. "Conservation success stories: North American Beaver". Coeur d'Alene Press accessed 2019-08-04 (file copy)
  36. Gaines, James. 2019-07-23. "How Beavers, the Original Ecosystem Engineers, May Help the American West Adapt to Climate Change". The Weather Channel accessed 2019-07-23 (file copy)
  37. Wong, Sam. 2019-07-05. "Beavers engineer their ecosystems in a way that helps moose and otters". NewScientist accessed 2019-07-06
  38. Dibb, Michelle. 2019-05-31. "The return of the Beaver". Ecologist accessed 2019-06-03 (file copy)
  39. Anonymous. 2019-05-21. "Beavers in Essex doing 'better job' of making flood defences". BBC News accessed 2019-05-24 (file copy)
  40. Johnston, Jan. 2019-05-12. "Check It Out: Check out 'Eager,' join 'beaver believers'". The Columbian accessed 2019-05-20 (file copy)
  41. Williams, Tom. 2019-04-02. "Revisiting The Surprising, Secret Life Of Beavers & Why They Matter With Ben Goldfarb On Access Utah". Utah Public Radio accessed 2019-05-04 (file copy)
  42. Goldsmith, Ben. 2019-03-23. "The triumphant return of the British beaver". The Spectator accessed 2019-03-23 (file copy)
  43. Hansen, Brandon. 2019-03-20. "CREATURE FEATURE: Beavers, the engineers of nature". The Independent accessed 2019-03-22 (file copy)
  44. Anonymous. 2019-02-23. "Beavers to become protected species under new legislation". Mail Online 2019-02-26 (file copy)
  45. Keane, Kevin. 2019-02-23. "Beavers to become protected species in Scotland". BBC News accessed 2019-02-23 (file copy)
  46. Metzger, Katie. 2019-02-22. "Beavers are active in Mercer Island's Luther Burbank Park". Mercer Island Reporter accessed 2019-02-24 (file copy)
  47. Conde, Ximena. 2019-02-11. "Is there a beaver resurgence in Philadelphia?" WHYY accessed 2019-02-15 (file copy)
  48. Albertine, Chris. 2019-01-31. "Outdoor Radio: Wintertime With North American Beavers". Vermont Public Radio accessed 2019-02-02 (file copy)
  49. Gurda, John. 2019-01-03. "After 180 years, beavers return 'home' to Milwaukee River in heart of downtown". Journal Sentinal accessed 2019-02-02 (file copy)
  50. Mercola, Joseph. 2019-01-01. "Can Beavers Clean Our Water and Restore Wild Salmon Populations?" accessed 2019-02-02 (file copy)
  51. Anonymous. 2018-12-07. "Beavers sighted in Italy after almost 500 years". Il Globo accessed 2019-02-02 (file copy)
  52. Backhouse, Frances. 2018-11-28. "Rethinking the Beaver: Why beavers and humans have to learn to get along". CBC Radio accessed 2019-02-02 (file copy)
  53. Perkins, Sid. 2018-11-28. "Beavers are engineering a new Alaskan tundra". ScienceNews accessed 2019-02-02 (file copy; click linked image to enlarge)
  54. Dennehy, Kevin. 2018-11-08. "'Let the Rodent Do the Work': Reflections of a Beaver Believer". Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies accessed 2019-02-02 (file copy)
  55. Moffitt, Dominic. 2018-11-07. "Beavers return to north Essex as part of flood management scheme". East Anglian Daily Times accessed 2019-02-02 (file copy)
  56. Anonymous. 2018-11-06. "Beavers to return to Essex for the first time in 400 years". GOV.UK accessed 2019-02-02 (file copy)
  57. Felling, Kyle. 2018-10-31. "Discover Nature: Beavers Prepare for Winter". KBIA accessed 2019-02-02 (file copy)
  58. Turrentine, Jeff. 2018-07-20. "Beavers Are the Working-Class Heroes of Their Ecosystems--America Should Appreciate Them More". Natural Resources Defense Council onEarth accessed 2019-02-02 (file copy)
  59. O'Connor, Joe. 2018-07-17. "'We have caught (them) in the act': Beavers are invading Alaska, the final frontier". National Post accessed 2019-04-16 (file copy)
  60. MacDonald. 2018-07-07. "The Busy, Beneficial Beaver". JSTOR Daily accessed 2019-02-02 (file copy; click linked image to enlarge)
  61. Pipkin, Whitney. 2015-12-21. "Critter Number 5 – The Beaver". Bay Journal accessed 2019-04-27 (file copy)
  62. Pipkin, Whitney. 2015-12-14. "Leaving it to beavers: Communities make room for natural engineers". Bay Journal accessed 2019-04-27 (file copy)
  63. Sudol, Valerie. 2015-11-06. "Busy beavers boost water quality". New Jersey On-Line LLC accessed 2019-04-27
  64. Anonymous. 2014-02-10. "Who, What, Why: Do beavers prevent flooding?". BBC News accessed 2019-05-28 (file copy)