Created By: Cornell Lab of Ornithology
What ecological role do beavers play in land management? The answer; beavers are keystone species. Keystone species are plants or animals that play a critical ecological role. Without them, ecosystems change rapidly or cease to exist. Keystone species carry the weight of the world in their ecological adaptations. Many other species rely on the presence and activity of keystone species to create the conditions they, themselves, need to survive. Beavers are keystone species in healthy, freshwater streams that, when damned, create wetland habitat, and support a vast array of unique plants and animals. Click here to learn more. Or, watch this video about the work done in Sapsucker Woods.
This point of interest is part of the tour: Habitat Network: Improving Habitat at Home