Posted on May 7, 2014 by Christopher Thrall

On May 14, PBS will air a report on the ecological benefits of beavers, featuring Augustana’s Dr. Glynnis Hood.

bvr7Learn how beavers are being recruited to reverse the effects of global warming and water shortages. Premieres Wednesday, May 14, on PBS.

A growing number of scientists, conservationists and grass-roots environmentalists have come to regard beavers as overlooked tools when it comes to reversing the disastrous effects of global warming and world-wide water shortages. Once valued for their fur or hunted as pests, these industrious rodents are seen in a new light through the eyes of this novel assembly of beaver enthusiasts and “employers” who reveal the ways in which the presence of beavers can transform and revive landscapes.

Using their skills as natural builders and brilliant hydro-engineers, beavers are being recruited to accomplish everything from finding water in a bone-dry desert to recharging water tables and coaxing life back into damaged lands.

Leave It to Beavers premieres Wednesday, May 14, 2014, at 8/7c on PBS. Watch the preview here.

The first version – The Beaver Whisperers – was nominated for a Canadian Screen Award in the Documentary category.


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