Besides humans, beavers are unmatched in the natural world for their engineering prowess. Although beavers can be viewed as a nuisance to landowners by flooding crops and destroying timber, they are also an invaluable keystone species in their ability to create wetlands and alter forest composition. On a recent wetland delineation, we noted this wetland created from a beaver dam, helping bolster bird and amphibian diversity, store and filter sediment, and allow for groundwater recharge, among other ecosystem benefits. In-fact, just upstream of the dam, I saw juvenile eagles circling the pond looking for an easy meal, accompanied by a chorus of, well, chorus frogs.
-Reid Stamer, PWS