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December 2012 issue





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Great article and enlighteningly informative! It is still unfortunate that beaver work is still far too often disrupted to all our detriment, and beaver trapping is often still not well regulated so that even where there may not be conflict there is often still destruction to this critical species and the ecological benefits that would result from their protection. Thus I have launched a petition drive to get signatures and support to protect more of U.S. Public Lands as sanctuaries for wildlife and habitat: Petitions.moveon.org/sign/wildlife-and-habitat

Submitted by Rick/ecosystemengineers.wordpress.com on Sunday, October 20, 2013


Thanks for the positive feedback about my article. I can't take credit for the wonderful photos, but I can pass on an explanation for the p.59 oddity. A note in the Reverberations section of the Jan/Feb issue says the animals in question are coypus and that the photo was mislabeled by the stock agency that provided it. (Not nearly as fine-looking as our beaver, in my opinion.)

Submitted by Frances Backhouse on Monday, February 18, 2013


I really loved the articles about the beavers. They are not rats or vermin. They are TRULY necessary to the ongoing ecology of all our environments! BUT, I do have one question about a picture that was in that article. A mother with two kits, sitting in the crux of a tree. Definitely not beavers! The rat tails gave it away. Maybe they were Muskrats! I'm kinda disapointed that this wan't caught before publication. The critters in the picture can't be passed off as beavers!! Muskrats and otters are definitely a big part of our marine mammals, but I think a beaver picture would be more to the point of the article.

Submitted by brenda dale on Saturday, January 12, 2013


What a smart look at this unsung Keystone Species and ecosystem engineer! My own low-lying city was worried about flooding and proposed killing our local colony. Public outcry forced the city to install a flow device instead which has successfully controlled flooding for 5 years. Now because of our beaver-created wetlands we regularly see otter, heron, woodduck, steelhead and even mink in our tiny urban stream!

Any city smarter than a beaver knows how to manage their challenges and why they are essential to healthy streams!

Heidi Perryman, Ph.D.
Worth A Dam
martinezbeavers[dot]org

Submitted by Heidi Perryman on Friday, December 7, 2012


Your article, "Rethinking the Beaver" a good one. As a teacher and student of Canadian history, I was aware of the important role that the beaver served in the exploration and evolution of societies in the northern part of this continent. I was, however, intrigued by the photograph shown at the top of page 59 in the magazine. While not a zoologist, I have seen plenty of the critters in the wild, but the animal shown there bears little resemblance to what I would typically expect to see when looking at a beaver. Is this the European Castor fiber?

Submitted by Gary King on Saturday, November 24, 2012












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