Moving day! It's time to put these beavers to work. Beaver Project crew members give them a final weigh-in before driving them out to a carefully selected release site.
Beavers are slow and awkward on land. Without shelter and deep water, they are vulnerable to a variety of predators. To help protect our newly released beavers, we prepare lodges and rudimentary dams at our release sites in advance. This site had seen prior beaver activity and already had a beaver lodge almost ready to go. We added the peeled sticks, taken from the beavers' raceways at the fish hatchery, to help them feel at home.
With preparations made, Beaver Project crew members release the beavers at the mouth of the lodge. The three beavers released on the day this picture was taken required little prodding to leave their cage. We'll be back later to see how they're doing.
Koharu Yonebayashi - senior presentation on her journey to date and the outlook for her future. Watch her video on the Methow Beaver Project here.
These images were captured at the USFWS National FIsh Hatchery, where we observe beavers' behavior and pair them up before releasing them.
The following pictures are before-and-after shots of a beaver release site on Copper Flat. Note the difference in water level from just twelve days of beaver activity.