National Park Service: Junior Ranger Online - Build a Beaver Dam

Beavers were very important animals for the fur trappers and traders who lived at Fort Vancouver.

Every year, fur trappers called voyageurs would travel far to find beaver.

How did the voyageurs know if a beaver nearby? They could look for signs of a beaver, like chewed logs or branches, or footprints. But finding a beaver dam was a sure sign that a beaver was nearby!

Read on to learn more about beavers and beaver dams, then experiment with making your own dam at home!


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