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The Beaver: Its Life and Impact

Dietland Muller-Schwarze


Beavers can and do dramatically change the landscape. The beaver is a keystone species—their skills as foresters and engineers create and maintain ponds and wetlands that increase biodiversity, purify water, and prevent large-scale flooding. Biologists have long studied their daily and seasonal routines, family structures, and dispersal patterns. As human development encroaches into formerly wild areas, property owners and government authorities need new, nonlethal strategies for dealing with so-called nuisance beavers. At the same time, the complex behavior of beavers intrigues visitors at pa ... More

Keywords: beaver, beaver pond, wetlands, biodiversity, flooding, dispersal, nuisance beaver, wildlife

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780801450105
Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016 DOI:10.7591/cornell/9780801450105.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Dietland Muller-Schwarze, author
Professor of Environmental and Forest Biology, the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry