VOLUNTEER TO HELP BEAVER AROUND EASTERN OREGON
Throughout central and eastern Oregon volunteer opportunities abound to enhance beaver habitat and (ultimately) beaver success on the landscape working with local area agencies and nonprofits to kickstart the conditions needed for beaver to be successful. Whether you're looking for a short day trip close to home, or a longer 2-4 day trip where you can really dig into the dirt, there's much work to be done and hands-on, hard-working volunteers can really help make a difference!
SPRING 2023 PROJECTS NOW AVAILABLE
Want to get your hands on habitat in the field this Spring? Bring your interest in beavers, native wildlife and making a difference to a Beaver Corps volunteer crew, creating habitat for beavers and other native wildlife.
Wonder if volunteering on a habitat project is right for you?
- Read how one recent volunteer described her experience getting "hands on" to make a mess with us!
- View our photo gallery from Spring 2022 projects
- Learn about "Operation Beaver Food" to establish long term beaver food supplies
01 - ADEL, OREGON BUILDING BEAVER DAM ANALOGUES (BDA'S)
OCTOBER 11 - 14
If you have experience building BDAs, we need you for this one! Travel along the Oregon Outback to join us in the beautiful Warner Mountains alongside our project hosts Lake County Umbrella Watershed Council. We'll be building BDAs and guiding high school students crews in BDA construction. These completed BDA structures will help to reengage the floodplain and improve vegetation diversity along a riparian corridor near Adel, Oregon.
The work is moderate difficulty that includes hauling willow branches, sediment buckets and working with teens! 😉
This will be 2 full workdays at the project site on October 12th and 13th.
Plan to arrive on October 11th, the late afternoon beforehand at a car camping location nearby. Depart on the morning of October 14th.
02 - POST, OR TREE PLANTING FOR HABITAT AND BEAVER FOOD
OCTOBER 21 - 22
Join us for tree planting and fencing along a tributary of the Crooked River in Post, Oregon. This project is the second planting of a multi-year plan to improve wildlife habitat, plant diversity and beaver food in a wildlife conservation section of this working cattle ranch near Post, Oregon. This is a beautiful area with high potential for beaver re-establishment, where we often observe mule deer, golden eagles, and other raptors.
The work is moderate difficulty that includes shoveling, carrying equipment, fencing maintenance and potting 1 gallon plants.
This project is 2 full work days. Arrive the early morning of October 21st and depart October 22nd (or 23rd if you prefer).
We'll be car camping overnight on October 21st at the project worksite.
03 - LAKEVIEW, OR POST-FIRE RECOVERY PROJECT PLACING INSTREAM STRUCTURES
OCTOBER 23 TO 26
Travel along the Oregon Outback to join us on this post-fire recovery project near Lakeview, Oregon. We'll be working with the Lake County Umbrella Watershed Council placing 50+ structures in-stream with the goal of improving stream complexity and slowing stream power after last year's Cougar Peak Fire.
The work is moderate difficulty that includes placing tree 'debris' in a stream.
The work will occur over 2 full days, October 24th and 25th.
Plan to arrive late afternoon/evening of October 23rd, our gracious hosts will provide overnight guest accommodations close to the worksite. Depart the morning after a good rest, of October 26th.
04 - FOSSIL, OR TREE PLANTING FOR WILDLIFE HABITAT
Join us alongside the Wheeler County Soil and Water Conservation District planting trees near Fossil, Oregon. To accompany a new Beaver Dam Analogue (BDA) complex, we will plant a variety of native plants that improve riparian plant diversity, providing food and habitat for butterflies, birds, and deer.
The work is moderate difficulty that includes shoveling, carrying equipment, and potting 1-3 gallon plants.
This will be a one full day commitment, we can make recommendations for local overnight accommodations.
PROJECT APPLICATION - GETTING STARTED
Each of these projects will involve lifting, carrying supplies and equipment and foot travels from vehicle and around the field sites. A moderate level of work is involved, but you go at your own pace. Please help us understand your level of readiness for a habitat project, and indicate your project/s of interest here.