Field Report 4: Beaver Browse Mid-Winter Dietary Observations

Mid-Winter Dietary and Harvest Observations Beavers being the mighty herbivores they are, commonly behave as energy-maximizers — choosing food that is of high quality and low-search/handling time. All three Middle Deschutes River monitoring stations are showing this consistent browsing activity with a couple of curious and unique observations. Check out the video here: https://youtu.be/fGF2e8_a3rY Similar …

Read more

Field Report 3: Beaver Scent Mound Update

Daily trips to the discovered scent marking mound discovered early November proved interesting- even if less beaver activity. The river rose over much of the mud markings.  However, the castoreum deposited seems to live on as the deer ducked many low branches to visit this tiny cove to sniff and sniff. One doe even added …

Read more

Field Report 2: Warm Winter Packrafting in December Report

It’s been a balmy winter so far here in the high desert Deschutes river basin so I’ve been able to continue monitoring the beaver sites by packraft.  The beaver activity seen from a packraft is the absolute best way to observe where beavers may be bank denning and what trees they are browsing. At the …

Read more

Field Report 1: The Birds and the Beavers 3 Laws of Ecology

In all 3 Beaver Response Team sites we’ve been monitoring over the year, off the Middle Deschutes it’s hard not to notice the increase in more winged wonders this fall/winter. November ushered in the migratory ducks, geese, coots and more uppity robins than I remember last year. Our magnificent local yokels: herons, kingfishers, ravens, crows, …

Read more

Beavers in Winter – A Report from the Field

It’s Transition Time for Beavers in the Deschutes River Basin – Winter 2020 A Report from the Field Beavers around Central Oregon spend much of their lives moving mysteriously up and down the Deschutes River unseen. Even on hot summer days as we float just past their hidden “bank dens”, humans are more likely to …

Read more

Marks Creek Comes to Life – Prineville, Oregon

People and Beavers Join Forces in Restoration near Prineville by Marina Richie Two belted kingfishers flash blue wings above a beaver dam and angle into the trees shading Marks Creek. The birds’ ratcheting cries merge with the distant roar of an excavator dumping rocks in a dry creek bed upstream. The contrast could not be …

Read more