Beavers don’t get enough respect. After humans, they make the most impact on their environment, gnawing down trees with their vociferous teeth to construct vast water systems. From their dams and lodges to the network of canals, beavers are as ingenious as they are industrious. Our language is replete with idioms about being ‘busy as a beaver’ or being an ‘eager beaver’. But how much do we truly know about our buck-tooth buddy?
Over the past few centuries, we’ve whittled down their numbers to the edge of extinction. But beavers are bouncing back, with numbers rising across the northern hemisphere. So, let’s revisit our long-forgotten friend.
Beavers are nature’s builders – the grand architects of the north. Their impact on the ecosystem causes dozens, if not hundreds, of other species to survive. Thankfully, from near extinction, the beavers are back. Now you know what to look for!