We love the stories of beaver on the landscape and how they've shaped their habitat through engineering of dams and lodges.
Beavers create dams (where water flows aren't too much) to 'pool the water' around them, thereby providing safety from predators (for the beaver) while backing up, and holding, water that benefits the riparian area's vegetation, wildlife and juvenile fish habitat.
Beaver lodges (bank lodges and in-pond lodges) provide shelter and safety where beaver families home and raise their young.
Please check back often as we gather and share these stories of beaver on the landscape through the West and in particular eastern and central Oregon.
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MUSIC OF NATURE - Chewing and murmuring sounds from inside den.
What kind of voice does the beaver have? Would you ever guess that the young (and maybe adults too?) make expressive murmurs from within the den, especially in the autumn of the year?
Here's a beaver tale from the beavers themselves, as recorded and shared by Lang Elliot - Music of Nature. Turn your volume up - it's shear delight!
BEAVER ON TRIAL | HARNEY COUNTY | 1941
One of our favorite Beaver Tales hearkens back eighty years to this story told by Paul W. Schaffer, a Regional Biologist from Spokan, Washington. He tells the story of a Mr. Paul Steward of eastern Oregon, near Crane Creek. We share this tale "Beaver on Trial" in PDF, the form in which we received it.