No one invited the beavers to move into Martinez. Ten years later, the beaver-maintained pond has attracted new species of birds, fish and wildlife including Belted Kingfisher, Hooded Merganser, and Green Heron. Beavers create wetlands for waterfowl, augment invertebrate, frog and fish populations and increase nesting habitat for birds. They recharge the aquifer, remove nitrogen and provide drowned trees for obligate nesters. In fact, beaver ponds often supply the only reliable water source during drought conditions.
Heidi Perryman, Ph.D. is a child psychologist who became an "accidental" beaver advocate when beavers moved into her hometown in 2007. She founded the organization "Worth A Dam"to protect them and to teach other cities how and why to co-exist with this important keystone species. Photo by Cheryl Reynolds.
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