I work at Sarvey Wildlife Care Center, a rescue and rehab facility for wildlife.
In May 2015, this baby beaver was discovered by some campers. He was without his mother and too young to survive on his own, so the campers brought him to us. We actually already had a female beaver with us who was rehabbing from an animal attack, and the two beavers were eventually put together. The older female became a surrogate to the baby male.
The two beavers spent a year with us. This past spring they were both released, together, in a secluded area with lots of access to trees, water, and natural habitat.
Beavers play a crucial role in biodiversity. Many species rely on beaver-created habitat, and a lot of these species who rely on beavers are threatened or endangered. This year, the baby American beaver was made Patient of the Year at Sarvey. Ornaments and cards were made to celebrate this particular animal.
In honor of this little guy and with the hope of bringing awareness to the importance of beavers, I am holding a giveaway. One person will win an ornament featuring the baby beaver, a blank holiday card to coincide with the ornament, a Sarvey Wildlife Calendar which has lots of fun tidbits on the inside, and a Sarvey tote bag. All you have to do is write “Go Hawks” in the comment section!! Okay, just kidding… let me know if you’re interested with a comment and I’ll put your name in the drawing. Or send an email to neveradullbling(at)gmail.com. The drawing will be held this Friday (12/11) around 5 p.m., and I might even get AJ to participate by drawing the name while I’m recording it (gasp!).
BENEFITS OF BEAVER PONDS
- Decrease damaging floods
- Recharge drinking water aquifers
- Remove pollutants from surface and ground water
- Drought protection
- Decreased erosion
For more information on Sarvey Wildlife, please visit their website at sarveywildlife.org, or follow them on Facebook. Sarvey is a nonprofit organization that relies solely on donations. If you’re interested in purchasing an ornament, calendar, or tote bag for yourself, please visit Sarvey’s website… and make sure to say Paula sent you. 🙂
All photos used with permission from Sarvey Wildlife.