A. Introductions, Expectations & Overview

Airborne Beavers Fight Floods

This appeared in an August 1950 Mechanix Illustrated issue (see here). Thanks to Karin Kettenring for bringing this to our attention.


We will start the workshop with a broad overview of what we're trying to accomplish in the workshop and who the instruction team is made up of. We will go around and introduce our diverse group of workshop participants and learn what expertise they bring with them to the workshop and what they're hoping to get out of attending. Finally, we will go through the schedule for the course and logistics.

Learning Outcomes

This introduction will helps us flag up and focus on the primary learning outcomes for the workshop:
  • An appreciation of beaver ecology and the complex feedbacks between beaver activity, hydrogeomorphic responses, riparian vegetation and fish ecology; 
  • Knowledge of past and ongoing restoration projects using beaver;
  • A working understanding of considerations in restoration designs using beaver;
  • An introduction of how to develop dynamic designs utilizing beaver; and
  • How to manage public expectations regarding potential restoration responses involving beaver.


Slides & Handouts

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  • Andersen DC and Shafroth PB. 2010. Beaver dams, hydrological thresholds, and controlled floods as a management tool in a desert riverine ecosystem, Bill Williams River, Arizona. Ecohydrology. 3(3): 325-338. DOI: 10.1002/eco.113.
  • Burchsted D, Daniels M, Thorson R and Vokoun J. 2010. The River Discontinuum: Applying Beaver Modifications to Baseline Conditions for Restoration of Forested Headwaters. Bioscience. 60(11): 908-922. DOI: 10.1525/bio.2010.60.11.7.

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