Winter 2023 Member Mailer

Location: Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming

Leaving It To Beaver?
The Conundrum of the Keystone Engineer

  • Top Right Page:
    Vintage 1930s artist’s impression drawing of what a beaver lodge looks like from inside
  • Bottom right page:
    Highstead Pond Beaver Lodge
  • Inserts from left to right:
    Beaver with orange teeth
    Beaver (Castor canadensis) feeding on herbaceous vegetation
    A wild beaver, “Castor canadensis,” holding a stick that he is chewing on with his front foot
    Highstead photo of beaver work on tree

Highstead Pond and Surrounding Forest

Saving Native Plants
Seeding a Conservation Crusade

Right Side Page Left to Right:

  • Ecotype seed packets
  • Joe Pye in bloom

End Notes: 4 interesting facts about the beaver

  1. Modern Beaver Skull beside Ice Age Giant Beaver
    Modern Beaver Skull (left) Giant Beaver Skull (right)
    New York State Museum
    Is the Ice Age Giant Beaver (Castoroides ohioensis) an actual specimen or a model?
    ‘Yes, and it is the actual first ever recovered skull of a giant beaver. It was found in Clyde, NY, and described in the 1840s. There was an earlier set of fossils of this species found in the late 1830s, which is why the species is called Castoroides ohioensis, but that Ohio specimen is now lost to science. So, historically, this is the historically-oldest specimen in date of recovery too.’
    Robert S. Feranec, Ph.D.
    Director, Research & Collections Division
    Curator of Pleistocene Vertebrate Paleontology
    New York State Museum
  2. Photo courtesy of Idaho Fish and Gam
    attached additional photo
  3. An engraving depicting a man wearing a beaver hat
    Dated 19th century
  4. Beaver Pendant
    by Haida artist Derek White.
    Photo courtesy of: