It also sparked a wonderful new connection from a beaver advocate located in California.
Here’s her story:
I enjoyed your recent posts (and amazing photos) about beavers so much I had to write. I’m a child psychologist in California who became an accidental beaver advocate when a colony moved into our city 7 years ago.There were concerns that the dam would cause flooding and trapping was proposed, but a massive public outcry forced the city to install a flow device instead. For 6 years this has controlled the pond height, and the beavers have remained. Now because of our beaver-tended wetlands we regularly see otter, heron, steelhead and mink in a urban stream!
Every year we celebrate the beavers with a Beaver Festival with wildlife groups from all over the state. We teach other cities how and why to live with beavers.
Our festival has spawned similar events in four other states, and two in Canada. As someone who has spent 7 years watching a beaver family, the details of their life are endlessly fascinating to me.
She has a wonderful website Worth a Dam which I encourage both beaver and general wildlife lovers to check out. Great information, resources, blog posts, and events are posted regularly.
Simon is already trying to find out how to attend a Beaver Festival. He’s finally found a group of people who share his unique obsession!
FYI: Simon would really REALLY have benefitted from watching this clip from their website:
Thanks, Heidi for sharing your wonderful story!