Beaver News & Annoucements
The Grand Canyon Trust has just released a new 13-minute video “Beaver: Back to the Future,” featuring ET AL's own Nick Bouwes. It also includes four Forest Service employees, and a retired Regional Forester who praise the power of beaver to beneficially restore and manage national forest water flows in the face of climate change.
Filmmaker Sarah Koenigsberg’s camera captures three processes by which beaver have recently been able to re-enter creek systems in Utah, Oregon, and Washington to work their dam magic.
Joe delivered a Science Unwrapped talk on September 11, 2015 to a Logan Audience & on September 24, 2015 to a Park City Audience at Swanner EcoCenter.
The Logan presentation was recorded and will be posted eventually to Science Unwrapped's Website.
PDFs of the slides are available here:
A video of the Logan Version of the talk can be found here:
If you want just to watch the video that was shown during the presentation, see here:
Grand Canyon Trust hosted a webinar by Joe Wheaton on "What Can Beaver Teach Us About Adapting to Climate Change and Building More Resilient Systems?"
Utah State University fluvial geomorphologist Joe Wheaton studies rivers and the changes we humans – and beaver – bring to them. Joe and his colleagues observe, map, and document what happens when rivers are fortunate enough to have beaver, both here in the West and around the world. In this 1-hour webinar, Joe will share what he and others are learning from beaver, explain where and how their dams interact with climate change, and take your questions.
Wally MacFarlane, Martha Jensen and Joe Wheaton recently completed the extension of the BRAT (Beaver Restoration Assessment Tool) Across the entire state of Utah. The model is truly ready to be run now for all western states. The decision support system and capacity model have been dramatically improved and expanded and the methods are well documented. The research was prepared for the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources and is intended to help them implement the Utah Beaver Management Plan. The work is summarized in:
and fully reported in:
relocation of 'nuisance' beaver in the Yakima Watershed in Washington for use as a restoration tool. The article, 'Often Pesky Beavers Put to Work Restoring Streams' was picked up by many news outlets, and resulted in an interesting interview of Mel Babik on NPR's Weekend Edition titled 'Researchers Say Beavers Are More Than Simple Pests'. This is another promising example of getting the word out on beaver as a restoration partner.
KRCL (90.9 FM)'s RadioActive all about Beavers: Nature's Engineer. Listen to the interview here.
Earlier this summer, colleagues Brain Greene from USU Water Watch, Nick Bouwes (Eco Logical Research), Wally MacFarlane (USU ETAL), Martha Jensen (USU ETAL) and Joe all did a field visit up Logan Canyon with KCPW producer Ross Chambless. Ross put together a radio segment based on the visit that aired July 13th, 2014 on 'Beaver Dam Mapping App Now Available for Citizen Scientists' .
recent post in USU Today on ET-AL researchers work published in Bioscience.
See also ET-AL post on Bioscience Article.
BRAT and help UDWR better manage beavers, take part in monitoring beaver using our new Beaver Monitoring App (developed by EcoTech Solutions in Partnership with Utah State University Extension)!