Trumpeter Swan and Beaver

A call like no other The beaver builds the ponds that the trumpeter swan looks for. The swan glides in with a wingspan of 8 feet. This bird is the biggest waterbird in the air, the original jumbo jet. They’re a graceful big bird, a cursive shape made up of…
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Trees! Beavers! Woodpeckers!

Trees! Beavers! Woodpeckers! Wildlife trees, beavers, and Lewis’s woodpecker A Lewis’s woodpecker collected by Meriweather Lewis during the early 1800s expedition is the one remaining specimen from that collection. It is kept at Harvard university. These birds need our help to boost numbers today. At least beavers are helping. How?…
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Male Chinook salmon in Butte Creek

The Chinook and the Beaver Relationship

The Chinook and the Beaver What’s the relationship between Oregon’s official fish and animal? Chinook salmon know their way over a beaver dam. They weren’t born yesterday. How do you think they’ve been making the journey from rivers to oceans and back for five million or so years? Beaver ponds…
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Field Report 7: (Too) Hot and Dry Summer

Field Report 7: (Too) Hot and Dry Summer – What does this mean for High Desert Beavers? Boy is it hot out there! According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, June 2021 was the hottest June ever on record. At this point, in mid-Summer, our daytime temperatures continue to…
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Meadows of Mutuality

Meadows of Mutuality The sage grouse knows what it loves. It loves sagebrush and meadows. The beaver knows what it loves. It loves a pond. The beaver can build what it loves. It has known for so long. Maybe for thousands of years. Actually, it has known for millions of…
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