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This Summer, Learn How You Can Help Beavers in Their Natural Role

Landowners: are you looking for help in maintaining stream flow and groundwater stocks, plus native vegetation and healthy ecosystems on your property? This summer and beyond, beavers are offering their free, effective services.

Engineers of the natural world, beavers instinctively work around the clock to improve their surroundings. Their iconic stick-and-mud dams capture free-flowing water, creating pools that support fish, birds, and native plant species. Additionally, water retention in beaver ponds helps to recharge groundwater supplies and retain sediment, both of which would otherwise be lost in flash floods. In a time of drought in the Southwest, beavers’ services are needed now more than ever.

To help landowners work in coordination, not conflict, with beavers, APNM has developed free informational guides available on our website and upon request. The Living with Beaversbrochure, produced in coordination with New Mexico Department of Game & Fish, features information on the ecological value of beavers and basic descriptions of coexistence measures. The Landowners’ Guide to Nonlethal Beaver Solutionsbooklet highlights more advanced strategies for living near beavers, including flow devices (basic plumbing systems to preserve beaver dams without flooding) and wire wrapping to protect valuable trees. Additionally, watch an exclusive video at our website on construction of flow devices. For hardcopies of the brochures, contact APNM’s Wildlife Campaign Manager via email or at (505) 265-2322 x31.

On May 9, join APNM in discussion of beaver coexistence at a special event. The Beaver and Wetlands Workshop, sponsored by New Mexico Environment Department, is free and open to the public and will be held at the State Library Building in Santa Fe. To RSVP or for more information, please contact the state Surface Water Quality Bureau at (505) 827-0187.

There are many opportunities to help beavers fulfill their natural role as ecosystem engineers. Through simple steps in coexistence with these animals, we can improve our surroundings and the planet.