Edward Norton wrote:Hi Lana,
When I read this, it made me sad. I’m from the UK and we killed off all our native beavers hundreds of years ago and then fuelled the desire for pelts in North America. Today, the UK is reintroducing beavers and last weekend my sister took her kids to a new wetland area created for free by beavers. Within three years, what was degraded farmland is now a thriving sanctuary for wildlife including pollinators.
Hmmm... I've seen some pretty impressive piles of chips from beavers chopping down trees that would be great for turning into biochar - Nature's chipper/shredder - so you may find them assisting you in unexpected ways!
...things to do to keep them from my orchard trees and the trees I'm going to use for bio-char fuel. Whew! Yes I can co-exist with them, I just had to change my focus.
Jay Angler wrote:Alas, I'm going to be another vote in favour of finding a way to use the beavers as an asset, rather than seeing them as a liability.
Are you in BC's interior? Water shortage and fires are increasing there due to a lack of beavers and too much monoculture. I would look at your land and figure out good places for them, and consider shifting them on your land rather than removing them as a first step.
If you gave us some ideas of what you want to do with the land, that might help with suggestions.
My first thought was: If the land is fairly flat where the beavers are damming, can you "unflatten" it by making a "chinampa" system: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chinampa
My second thought was: If they're flooding flat land beside a "stream" that sounds like "flood plain" to me. Just because it hasn't flooded in recent memory, with the weather weirding we're having, it may flood when you don't want it to.
My third thought was to actually dig them a pond - beavers respond to the sound of moving water - if you give them a deeper area that their dam efforts will flood, and use a beaver-baffle to keep a water level you can both live with, you might be able to create a lot of useful "edge" and live cooperatively together.
Keith Kuhnsman wrote:Enjoy your beavers! I would love to have some for the overall improvement in habitiat on my property.
Apologies if someone has already directed you to it, but “Leave It To Beavers” is a great documentary about the critters. Pretty sure it is still available on YouTube.
Karon Czekala wrote:We have neighbors up in arms over beavers but I get a thrill every time I see them! They really are so adorable & other than occasionally causing blockage to our "people dam", which can flood our little road, they never cause a problem. We stuck climbing things into a tall tree so our son can climb up & observe them. We have binoculars by the best window as well. Another fun site is "Justin Beaver". A lady rehabbed an injured beaver and he lives in their home. He regularly takes baths and he rolls up their rugs and drags them around like logs. It's the cutest thing ever.
Jay Angler wrote:Any idea how your property faired during the latest weather fun in BC? You may be so lucky to have functioning beavers - we need them to help fix the underlying issues that allow water to run off too fast and and fast water is far more damaging than slow water.
For example, think if most farms had 2 or 3 beaver dams with beaver baffle water height controls installed. The forecast suggests heavy rain is coming, so you artificially lower the water level behind the dams by enough to be helpful, but not enough to tick off the beavers too badly. The rain comes, but the first 50 mm or more just goes to topping the ponds back up. What was a flood level 3 days of heavy rain, has been spread out over a longer period.
My field is supersaturated, but the winter creek only overflowed for the one day following the particularly high rain on the 3rd day. My ecosystem isn't likely to have the kind of flooding that's happened in many parts of the province, but there are still some changes I need to make to help it be more resilient in the weather we experienced last weekend.