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Beaver Activity Gives Canada Geese Earlier Access To Thawing Ponds
2013-02-14 08:03:12

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A new study from the University of Alberta, published in a recent issue of Mammalian Biology, reveals that busy beavers help Canada geese get an earlier start when the birds fly home and begin nesting in the spring. The researchers found that in ponds in Alberta where beavers were active, an earlier thaw of winter snowpack resulted, giving Canada geese a better chance at reproductive success. This study is the first to link early...

Do Beavers Benefit Wild Salmon In Scotland
2012-08-09 16:47:45

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online According to a study by the University of Southampton, reintroduced European beavers could have an encouraging impact on wild salmon populations in Scotland. Due to their dam building activities and potential to block migratory life phases, representatives from recreational fisheries north and south of the border are concerned that beavers can harm economically important fish stocks. However, results of a study conducted by...

Beaver Have Experienced Little Change Over 7 Million Years
2011-09-19 10:01:11

  The fossilized teeth of a beaver found by Bureau of Land Management (BLM) employees on federal land represents the earliest record of the animal in North America and are estimated to be 7 to 7.3 million years old. The teeth come from the John Day Fossil Beds National Monument, a protected area with an abundance of fossils, Fox News is reporting. Surprisingly, the fossil teeth are almost identical to the chompers of living beavers and illustrate that the animal has changed little...

2011-08-19 10:33:00

HARRISBURG, Pa., Aug. 19, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The annual oral rabies vaccination program, which helps control the spread of rabies in wild animals, is underway in eight western Pennsylvania counties. The program covers all or parts of Allegheny, Beaver, Crawford, Erie, Greene, Lawrence, Mercer and Washington counties. "Controlling the spread of rabies in wild animals is essential to ensuring human and domestic animal health," said Agriculture Secretary George Greig. "The oral...

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2011-05-05 12:00:00

A Canadian environment official said Wednesday that a beaver dam helped to contain an oil spill near the native village of Little Buffalo in Canada's Alberta province, according to a report by the AFP news agency. Alberta Environment said that oil started leaking April 29 from a pipeline belonging to Plains Midstream Canada in northern Alberta about 4.3 miles away from the village. The oil spilled about 28,000 barrels of oil in all. Officials said the oil almost sullied a river but was...

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2010-05-09 06:40:00

A Canadian ecologist has discovered the world's largest beaver dam, located in a remote area of northern Alberta, which can be seen from space. Researcher Jean Thie said he used satellite imagery and Google Earth software to find the dam, which is about 2,800 feet long on the southern edge of Wood Buffalo National Park. The average beaver dam in Canada is about 32 to 328 feet long, and it is rare to even see one as big as about 1,640 feet. The dam, which was first discovered in October...

2009-09-29 15:19:15

Massachusetts Highway Department officials said a pair of tenacious beavers used mud to clog a plastic pipe inserted into their dam to drain a flooded road. The department said workers initially used backhoes to breach the dam in wetlands next to Den Rock Park in Lawrence, but the animals quickly rebuilt the barrier and flooding resumed on Route 114, the Boston Globe reported Tuesday. The officials then inserted the plastic pipe into the dam to allow the water to flow away from the road, but...


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2006-12-26 10:31:18

The North American Beaver (Castor canadensis) is a large semi-aquatic rodent native to Canada. Also it is native to most of the United States and parts of northern Mexico. Its fur is dark brown. It has a rounded head, a large flat paddle-shaped tail and webbed hind feet. The unwebbed front paws are smaller, with claws. This is the largest rodent found in North America and the second largest rodent in the world (the largest rodent being the South American capybara). Beavers are mainly...

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2006-12-12 14:44:47

Beavers are semi-aquatic rodents native to North America and Europe. They are the only living members of the family Castoridae. Genetic research has shown the European and North American beaver populations to be distinct species and that hybridization is unlikely. General Beavers are best known for their natural trait of building dams in rivers and streams. They build their homes in the eventual artificial pond. They are the second largest rodents in the world. Beavers continue to...

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