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Lunch Chat: The Secret Power of Beavers

December 8, 2022 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Beaver - brown rodent-like creature - at sloped water's edge

For centuries, beavers have been known for their ability to provide ecosystem services. By damming rivers and creating ponds, beavers create new habitats for many plants and animals. In fact, their engineering skills are so impressive that they are now being considered as a possible solution to climate change.

That’s right; these furry little creatures could help save our ecosystems! Here’s how.
It’s no secret that California is facing a water crisis. With the state in the grips of a record-setting drought, Californians are looking for ways to conserve water. But did you know that beavers can help solve our water woes?

Beavers are nature’s engineers. They are hard-working creatures that build dams, which create ponds and wetlands. These ponds and wetlands help to store water, slow the erosion of soils, and filter out pollutants.

In other words, beavers help to improve water quality!
Not only do beavers help to improve water quality, but they also play an important role in recharging groundwater aquifers. When it rains, the water seeps into the ground and is stored in aquifers. Aquifers are like underground sponges that store water and make it available for plants and animals to use during dry periods.

Beavers help to recharge groundwater aquifers by building their dams in strategic locations where they can trap runoff from rainfall events. This runoff would otherwise flow downstream and be lost to evaporation.

Want to learn more about Beavers and how they can improve the health of our watershed?



December 8, 2022
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm




Tuolumne River Trust
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