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Ecosystem Engineers: How do beavers build dams?

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How does one of nature’s best ecosystem engineers go about revitalizing the landscapes around them? From PBS Nature, this is how North American beavers build dams.

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Related reading at Importance of Beavers in an Ecosystem. Their benefits include creating wetlands, pooling nutrient-rich sediment, filtering water, cutting down trees, and increasing biodiversity.

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