Is Canada’s national animal a boon or a pest?

Beavers: love them, hate them or ambivalent? A recently launched survey seeks to learn Alberta landowners’ attitudes about one of Canada’s national symbols. Alberta’s Cows and Fish society has partnered with the Miistakis Institute, a non-profit research group associated with Mount Royal University, on a survey to assess landowners’ knowledge and perception about beavers, their […] Read more

Beavers can help protect waterways

Natural water management | Studies show that ponds with beaver dams had more water during periods of drought

PRIDDIS, Alta. — The beaver may be immortalized on the five-cent piece, but for many landowners, the buck-toothed rodent is not worth a plugged nickel. “Beavers often don’t have any more value than a rat in a granary,” said Reg Rempel. However, he said, the animals actually do have value. Rempel helps manage the 4,800 […] Read more