If you are reading this page, chances are you are currently very angry with a beaver. Maybe they are flooding your property, or felling your trees, but whatever it is, they have really ticked you off. We understand. We know that they can cause some trouble for private landowners. Before you decide to hate them completely though, let us tell you a few redeeming facts about the beaver. Beavers have earned the nickname “Nature’s Engineers” for their amazing ability to build a dam that is completely water tight in under 24 hours. If only we could hire these guys to work for the highway department! They dam an area, flood it, and in turn end up providing necessary habitat for shorebirds, waterfowl, drinking water for mammals, soil for aquatic plant life, expanded areas for fish to feed, and incredible rebirth in lands that can really use it. Right now, in Chernobyl, after the nuclear plant accident, the beaver’s return to the area is having an amazing effect. Their dam efforts have allows the woods surrounding the nuclear plant to begin new again, and recover rapidly from their radioactive state. These dams now support all kind of wildlife like bison, moose, wolves, waterfowl, eagles, mink, and many others. The time that researchers expected to have to pass before this land was inhabitable again has been cut in half because of the beaver’s hard work. Now, we know, this doesn’t change that the beaver on your land is making a big mess, but hopefully it will help you make the humane choice in resolving your conflict.