Monday, May 18, 2009

Beavers creating habitat in the Lower Skagit

Beavers have long been known to be important ecosystem engineers in coldwater habitats. The dams they build slow water and create important refuge pools for juvenile salmonids of many types. Researchers with the Skagit Cooperative have recently begun documenting the importance of beavers for juvenile salmonid in a different kind of habitat, estuaries. The Seattle times did a fascinating piece on the topic. See it here.

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