We offer solution-based support to landowners, educators, and restoration professionals in solving beaver conflict in a way that prioritizes the beavers role in wetland restoration.
We take a long term approach when it comes to beaver complaints
We are passionate about beavers and their keystone species ecological status. Beavers are wetland ecosystem engineers, and with wetlands currently only 1.2% of Iowa, we can learn to coexist better with beaver populations across the state. Regardless of the complexity of your nuisance complaint, we believe we can find a way to coexist.
Used to mitigate flood damages, these devices work for dams on private property and roadsides.
Relocations give the beavers a second chance when they wind up in a spot where other mitigation methods aren't feasible.
Why choose humane solutions for beaver conflicts?
RESTORE IOWAS WETLANDS
Beavers create essential habitat
When beavers build dams, they create a storage system for rainfall and snow-melt. That same water being available in late summer and early fall can have great value ecologically. Beavers create wetlands rich in wildlife. A variety of threatened aquatic plant species, insects, amphibians, songbirds, water birds and bats can benefit from these wetlands in Iowa. Did you know that approximately 85% of all native North American fauna rely on wetlands? Isn't it marvelous we have a creature that creates them?
Lethal measures are only temporary
Trapping and removing the dam only opens the area for more beavers to "move in." Oftentimes once beavers are removed, a new family moves into the habitat within 1-2 years. Flow devices offer a long term solution that allows the beavers to stay, but can ease your concern of flooding. They are ecosystem friendly, beaver friendly, and landowner friendly. Flow devices level the pond by creating a leak the beavers don't detect. They can also be used on road culverts to protect from damming and road flooding.
Since 50% of North America's threatened or endangered species rely on beaver wetlands for survival, the work beavers do is critically important to creating habitat for these species.
Exploring solutions with Iowa Beaver Project allows us to work to find answers to your conflict while preserving the beavers hard work. In most cases this means installation of a flow device so that the damages can be mitigated while the other species surrounding the beaver structures are preserved. For others, we relocate the beavers to a location where their hard work will be appreciated.
WILDLIFE NEEDING BEAVERS
These are just a few of the many species that utilize the ecosystem engineering of a beaver in Iowa. When you support beavers, you also support these species.
"Beavers, the animal that doubles as an ecosystem, are ecological and hydrological Swiss Army knives, capable, in the right circumstances, of tackling just about any landscape-scale problem you might confront. Trying to mitigate floods or improve water quality? There's a beaver for that. Hoping to capture more water for agriculture in the face of climate change? Add a beaver. Concerned about sedimentation, salmon populations, wildfire? Take two families of beaver and check back in a year. If that all sounds hyperbolic to you, well, I'm going to spend this book trying to change your mind."
― Ben Goldfarb, Eager: The Surprising, Secret Life of Beavers and Why They Matter
Beavers vs. Climate Change
Beavers use dams to slow down water, giving it a chance to settle into the land and replenish groundwater so it doesn't flow all at once and dry up. This process replenishes the water table, allowing a multitude of species to benefit, contributing to the reason beavers have keystone species status. WCS Climate Change Adaptation Fund is using Beaver Dam Analogs (BDA's) in the above video, discussing the ways it positively impacts the surrounding environment.