NATURE: Leave It to Beavers

NATURE: Leave It to Beavers

Wed, 05/14/2014 - 8:00pm

Beaver among the lily pads/medium head shot. Ontario, Canada

Credit: Courtesy of Michael Runtz

Learn how beavers are being recruited to reverse the effects of global warming and water shortages.

A growing number of scientists, conservationists and grassroots environmentalists have come to regard beavers as overlooked tools in the effort to reverse the disastrous effects of global warming and worldwide water shortages. View these industrious rodents, once valued for their fur or hunted as pests, in a new light through the eyes of this novel assembly of beaver enthusiasts and “employers” who reveal the ways in which the presence of beavers can transform and revive landscapes.

With their skills as natural builders and brilliant hydro-engineers, beavers are being recruited to accomplish everything from finding water in a bone-dry desert to recharging water tables and coaxing life back into damaged lands. NATURE: Leave It to Beavers airs Wednesday, May 14, 2014 at 8 p.m. on WXXI.



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