April 7th marks Beaver Day.
The beaver may be the national animal of Canada, but it can be found everywhere across North America. A large portion of the beaver population can be found in British Columbia and in lakes and streams all over the rest of Canada. The world’s largest beaver dam stretches 850 meters deep in the thick wilderness of northern Alberta.
In the past, beavers were over-hunted for their fur and meat, threatening their population. Their numbers have since risen due to wetland rehabilitation and strict conservation practices. Unfortunately, many still think of beavers has annoyance to be trapped, removed or killed. The good that beavers do in creating and maintaining our wetlands far outweighs the occasional inconveniences they bring. We can find a way to share the land with beavers. We need to protect them. No more traps, no more slow and painful deaths.
“The way we see the world shapes the way we treat it. If a mountain is a deity, not a pile of ore; if a river is one of the veins of the land, not potential irrigation water; if a forest is a sacred grove, not timber; if other species are biological kin, not resources; or if the planet is our mother, not an opportunity – then we will treat each other with greater respect. Thus is the challenge, to look at the world from a different perspective. – David Suzuki