There are a wealth of great videos on beaver out there and some excellent documentaries.
Beaver video clips worth a watch
For some time I've referred to the efforts by the Idaho Department of Fish & Game to live transplant nuisance beavers to do restoration and conservation work from the 1940's and 1950's to remind folks that all the new found interest in beaver restoration is not a new concept or idea. In January of 2015, Boise State Public Radio did a great news piece on this work and highlighted details I was unaware of about the project and even that Heter (1950) published an article on the findings in the Journal of Wildlife Management on their findings:
Beaver Lodge Construction Squad- BBC
Some more great footage from BBC Earth from BBC's Sir David Attenborough BBC Earth series.
Beavers are Geniuses - National Geographic
A somewhat cheesy narration, but an otherwise very interesting video from National Geographic.
Beavers in Utah
Beavers as Genetic Engineers
Beavers as Genetic Engineers from Thousand Cords on Vimeo.
Methow Beaver Project
For more than a decade, the Methow Valley Watershed Watchers program has provided a unique outdoor educational opportunity for hundreds of local school children. Since 2007, Methow Salmon Recovery Foundation has sponsored the Watershed Watchers program at the Twisp Ponds Discovery Center and restoration site near Twisp, WA.
Building BDAs up in Montana
Beaver - Back to the Future
A piece by Grand Canyon Trust highlighting restoration activities in Utah, Oregon (Bridge Creek) and Methow Watershed in Washington. The video features many USFS employees, and our own partners: Nick Bouwes, Nick Weber and Michael Pollock.
Beaver: Back to the Future from Grand Canyon Trust on Vimeo.
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Beaver Dam Builders - BBC
Some great underwater footage of beavers building dams from BBC's Sir David Attenborough BBC Earth series.
Beaver Lumberjacks - National Geographic
Another segment about beaver preparing for the winter in the fall and felling trees, from the National Geographic Channel.
Fooled by Nature - Beaver Dams - Animal Planet
I often show this video in my classes as it is short and shows a lot of their activity.
Beavers Repairing a Lodge
USU Year of Water and Beaver Research
Full beaver documentaries
Beavers: the Biggest Dam Movie You've Ever Seen
This IMAX film is a fantastic docuemntary on Beaver with some amazing footage. The trailer is shown below. If you subscribe to Netflix, you can also watch the whole film online.
Beavers: The Biggest Dam Movie You Ever Saw (Trailer)
Grey Owl's Strange Guests
A 1936 Documentary on Grey Owl's guest beaver and his friends. This is a great video to see that beaver conservation is not necessarily a new thing.
The Wolves Changed the River
This is a little over-generalized and sensationalized in places, but the basic story of the trophic cascade and impacts trickling all the way down to the river by reintroducing a top predator in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem still holds (please ignore the misstatements about the river 'becoming more stable') :
Beavers in the News
Beaver Assisted Restoration - Oregon Field Guide
Your short course instructors are featured here on Oregon Field guide for their work in Bridge Creek on studying how beaver can be used to help restore incised streams to the benefit of steelhead. This Oregon Field Guide video appeared on Oregon Public Broadcasting earlier this year and features interviews with Michael Pollock & Chris Jordan, who will be coteaching an ICRRR Short Course next September with us on 'Partnering with Beaver in Restoration Design'.
Beaver Assisted Restoration; Fish Screens & Juniper Control
Juniper Control - Millions of acres of western juniper suck the desert dry in eastern Oregon. Beavers Assisted Restoration - Scientists enlist invisible helpers, beaver, to restore creeks and save salmon. Fish Screens - A flood disaster leads to the invention of a new fish screen design.
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