There are so very many jokes about beavers. And, as one of our most popular campaigns involves protecting these fur-bearing families and their habitats, we hear most of them. But there are a lot of interesting facts about Canada’s national animal that aren’t generally known. What better time to go over some of these facts than Canada Day?
Beavers are family animals
They mate for life, their kits stay in the home until they reach maturity (and sometimes a little too long) and aunts, uncles and grandparents sometimes live with the family, too. That’s why it’s so important that the family stay together in their homes: trapping or relocating can disrupt their home lives.
Beavers clean water
Beaver dams are well known to be ecosystem engineers not only by creating valuable wetlands and ponds, but by literally cleaning water. The damaging chemicals that runoff from agricultural lands get removed from waterways by dams and help improve quality of water further downstream.
Beavers were nearly driven to extinction
It’s hard to believe, but at one time in the 19th century, beaver populations were driven so low by over trapping that extinction was a possibility. The combination of beaver felt hats going out of style in Europe and the beginning of the conservation movement occurred just in time to protect the incredible semi-aquatic mammals.
Beavers are saving the world
Though governments in Canada aren’t showing respect for our national animal, in the United States and Europe, beavers are being used to create and manage wetlands, support salmon populations and even fight against droughts.
The Fur-Bearers work hard every year to save as many beaver families as we can with our in-field, non-lethal solutions and educational programs. Your support makes that possible.
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