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Beaver (Castor canadensis)
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Beaver (Castor canadensis)

Among the world’s largest rodents, beavers transform the North American landscape, felling trees and redirecting water to build a dam and home.

These dog-size rodents have the true skills of a lumberjack. What they do to the land and how fast and efficiently they do it may surprise you.

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Heroic Beavers Save Salt Lake City

Heroic Beavers Save Salt Lake City

When toxic diesel fuel leaked from a pipeline, 2 unlucky beavers were in its path. But their dam stopped the spill from spreading into a city’s reservoir. More...

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Discovery
Beaver Fact Sheet: Everything You Need to Know About Beavers

Beaver Fact Sheet: Everything You Need to Know About Beavers

From why the phrase "busy as a beaver" fits this animal to what young beavers are called (hint: kits), you'll find it here. More...

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NATURE/PBS
Beavers Offer Solution to Climate Change

Beavers Offer Solution to Climate Change

Biologist Mary O'Brien describes how beavers improve water supplies. Learn why she calls them the best hydrological engineers on Earth, and why they might be a weapon against climate change. More...

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NPR
Fooled by Nature: Beaver Dams

Fooled by Nature: Beaver Dams

To get themselves through the winter months and raise a family, beavers build a dam and a snug lodge, complete with a "refrigerator." More...

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Animal Planet
Mountain Beaver

Mountain Beaver

It’s not a beaver and it doesn’t live in the mountains. Investigate this unusual and primitive rodent species, including where it lives and why it’s seldom seen. More...

Article
National Park Service
About Beavers

About Beavers

Beavers' ability to change the landscape creates rich, watery habitats for many animals. See how building dams benefits freshwater wetlands, and why that’s good for all — including humans. More...

Article
Beavers: Wetlands & Wildlife
Eurasian Beaver (Castor fiber)

Eurasian Beaver (Castor fiber)

The Eurasian beaver's body is built for its job as an engineer of the wetlands. Look at its big incisors, webbed feet, stubby legs, and front paws with claws to discover how they all work together. More...

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ARKive
How Beavers Build a Lodge

How Beavers Build a Lodge

In 20 days, beavers use 3 tons of raw materials to build a 3-room lodge standing 12 meters wide by 3 meters high. See baby beavers inside this cozy underwater home, but watch for squatters. More...

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BBC
How Weird: The Mountain Beaver

How Weird: The Mountain Beaver

Can you correctly answer these 10 questions about a primitive rodent that defies its name? More...

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FunTrivia.com
Imported Beavers Gnaw Away at Argentina’s Forests

Imported Beavers Gnaw Away at Argentina’s Forests

What seemed a good idea in 1946 created a big problem. Introduced to spur a fur trade, 50 beavers multiplied into 200,000 and have damaged Argentina's lands. Find out what's being done. More...

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NPR
Mammals of the World: Mountain Beaver

Mammals of the World: Mountain Beaver

The mountain beaver is a primitive rodent native to Pacific Northwest. It doesn’t swim but it must live near water. Ready to find out why? More...

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cre8ivmind
PacSci-Doku: Behemoth Insect

PacSci-Doku: Behemoth Insect

Use the available letters to solve this Sudoku-like puzzle and answer the question, "The Northwest Mountain Beaver is host to what behemoth insect?" More...

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Pacific Science Center
Quiz: Beavers

Quiz: Beavers

These 7 questions will determine what you know about beavers, from their biology to their behavior. More...

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BBC

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