2020 Webinar: Thinking Like a Pond: Beavers and Watershed Management in the Western Great Lakes

Beavers are well-known as ecosystem engineers, capable of altering landscapes on a scale rivaled only by humans and elephants. Beaver activities are generally considered to be positive, as their dams and ponds create water storage capacity, reduce downstream nutrient flows, and increase biodiversity across a wide range of taxa. However, they also create conflicts with human societies, including flooding and damage to roads, trees, and agricultural areas, or with real or perceived impacts to recreational fisheries. Much as Aldo Leopold's seminal essay "Thinking Like a Mountain" asked us to rethink carnivore management, understanding the relative contributions, both positive and negative, of beavers to various ecological, economic, and social systems is critical to watershed management, or management of beaver populations themselves.

Date: Tuesday January 21, 2020 from noon-1pm central
Speaker: Steve K. Windels, Voyageurs National Park and University of Minnesota Department of Fisheries, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology
Cost: $20 per webinar or $50 for the entire 2020 series
CEUs: This webinar has been approved for 1.0 CAT1 CFE by SAF. Credits only available to those that watch on their computer live or at a broadcast site.
Register here for the January webinar (Note: If you register on the day of the webinar, look for an email with connection instructions at 11:30am and as we are able after that.)
View a flyer for the January webinar (PDF)

You may also watch for no charge (and without registering) at a local broadcast site:

  • Cloquet: Cloquet Forestry Center, 175 University Rd, Cloquet MN 55720. Contact: Eli Sagor, sfec@umn.edu or (218) 409-6115.
  • Crookston: 205 Owen Hall on the University of Minnesota – Crookston campus, 2900 University Ave, Crookston, MN 56716. Contact: Phil Baird, pbaird@umn.edu or (218) 281-8130.
  • Duluth: Natural Resources Research Institute, 5013 Miller Trunk Highway, Duluth MN 55811. Contact: Kristi Nixon, knixon@d.umn.edu.
  • East Bethel: Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve, 2660 Fawn Lake Drive NE, East Bethel, MN 55005. Contact: Caitlin Barale Potter, caitlin@umn.edu or (612) 301-2602.
  • Ely: Vermilion Community College, 1900 East Camp Street, Ely, MN 55731. Contact: Rita Koch, r.koch@vcc.edu or (218) 235-2160.
  • Grand Rapids: North Central Research and Outreach Center, 1861 Highway 169 East, Grand Rapids, MN 55744. Contact: Michael Carson: cars0130@umn.edu.
  • St Paul: Green Hall, Room 19, UMN St Paul campus, 1530 Cleveland Avenue North, St Paul, MN 55108. Contact: Eli Sagor, esagor@umn.edu or (218) 409-6115 or Matt Russell, russellm@umn.edu.
All interested learners are welcome. For accommodations related to ability please contact us at sfec@umn.edu.

Contact Us

Eli Sagor, SFEC Program Manager
esagor@umn.edu | 218-409-6115