Because the beaver isn't just an animal; it's an ecosystem!

The Martinez Beavers

Day: November 27, 2012

From our friends at PATCH:

Beaver Moon Celebration Being Held Near Martinez Bridge Non-profit group wants residents to gather Wednesday evening to pay tribute to the city’s colony of beavers

You can celebrate the moon and Martinez’s beaver colony at an event organized by a local community organization. The group Worth A Dam is gathering at 5 p.m. Wednesday, rain or shine, at the foot bridge near the city’s Amtrak station downtown. They plan to pay homage to the beaver colony that lives in the river near the bridge. Heidi Perryman, founder of Worth A Dam, said this is a special year to celebrate because the colony’s male beaver found a new mate and they have a new baby to go along with another young beaver born in 2010. The event coincides with November’s full moon, also known as the Beaver Moon or the Frost Moon. Perryman said this is also the time of year when beavers store food underwater for the coming winter months. This is the first time the group has organized such an event. “We always wanted to do an event. This seemed like a good year to do it,” said Perryman. Her group was formed in 2006 when the male beaver was first spotted in the river. There have been arguments over the years whether the dams built by the beavers is destructive to the river. There have been proposals to get rid of the animals, but Perryman’s group has so far prevailed in letting them stay.

There’s wonderful and terrible news in the beaver world this morning and I don’t want you to miss any of it. Let’s get the dirty work outta the way before we settle down to enjoy ourselves. Brace yourselves, these are the first two lines of the article:


A notice was recently sent to tenants living at Hampton Forest Apartment warning if they heard gunshots not to call the police.  The complex is fighting to keep its property safe from a colony of beavers.

Got that? If you hear gunshots, screaming and breaking pottery coming from the living room don’t call the police. I’m just fixing a marital problem. Okay, then. I’m glad the Hampton Forest Apartment has tried Every Other possible solution for resolving this conflict. I mean first destroying their homes and dams, then hiring a trapper and only now when all other murderous options have been employed turning to the fearless sharpshooter.

What’s this thought? At the very end of the article?

Two non-deadly tools for reducing beaver damage without removing the animal is a water control device. It helps maintain the flow of water. Another option is using wire barriers to protection against gnawing.

Remember, here at beaver central we’re grading on a curve and this is South Carolina so the fact that this sentence made it into the article is sorta amazing.


Now because it’s that time of year and you’ve all been very good, check out this Recovery Plan for the Central Coast Coho put forth by our good friends at NOAA (and you can bet the California part was heavily influenced by this year’s winner of the Golden Pipe Award, Brock Dolman!)

Restoration- Habitat Complexity

3.1.1. Recovery Action: Improve habitat complexity Action Step: Utilize non-lethal methods to manage beaver depredation issues (e.g. flooding, crop damage) within the range of CCC salmonids such as flow devices, fencing, and beaver re-location and enhance habitat complexity. Action Step: Where non-lethal methods prove unfeasible to resolve depredation issues, relocate beaver populations to remote CCC coho streams where habitat enhancement is needed and resource conflict is low.