Text by Liz McKenzie      Photos and Sounds by Richard Nelson

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The Beaver's World
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The North's Busiest Animal

The North American beaver is a crafty, intelligent, and industrious animal best known for ingeniously altering its environment to create the watery world it needs.
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Water Spirit: Beavers and Traditional Knowledge

In Alaska's traditional Athabascan cultures, beavers are highly prized for their meat and fur, but just as important, they have a powerful and sensitive spirit.
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The Animal that Redesigned a Continent

There are two species of animals that profoundly changed the ecological face of North America before Europeans arrived: First, Native Americans with the controlled use of fire, and second, beavers with the controlled use of water.
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