Programme

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Beavers, Science and Society – Understanding and Managing an Ecosystem Engineer

The general topic of the 8th International Beaver Symposium is "Beavers, Science and Society - Understanding and Managing an Ecosystem Engineer".

The programme can be updated until September 17th.

Monday 17th September

Late arrival and Check in/registration

Registration from 6.00-7.00 pm

Icebreaker tour 7.00 pm 

Leaving from Nr. Vosborg. We will try to see and hear roaring stags and have a light meal over a bonfire.

Tuesday 18th September

Breakfast from 7.00-9.00 am

Registration from 8.00-9.00 am

Start time 9.00 am

Opening Session

Title of presentation

Speaker

Welcome to the 8th IBS

Signe Nepper Larsen, Vice Director, Danish Nature Agency

Welcome to Holstebro 

 

H.C. Østerby, Mayor of Holstebro Municipality

From Russia to Denmark with Love: The Scientific Committee’s review of beaver research since 7IBS

Professor Peter Busher, Boston University

 

Programme overview

Monday, September 17th:

- Arrival, Check-in and registration

Tuesday, September 18th:

- Registration

- Opening session

- Session I: Beaver Management Policy Analysis

- Session II: Beavers and Society

- Dinner

- Guided tour at the castle

Wednesday, September 19th:

- Session III: Beaver Biology

- Session IV: Beavers and Biodiversity

- IBS Closing Session

- Announcement of the 9th IBS

- Photo session

- Poster session

- Conference dinner

Thursday, September 20th:

- Excursion to sites around Western Jutland

- Departure

Friday, September 21st:

- Departure

Session I: Beaver Management Policy Analysis

Themes: Management plans, Compensation, hunting regulations, international and national protection, policy, legal issues etc.

Presentation title

Speaker(s) and co-authors

1 Beaver management on a National Level – an example from Czech Republic and an overview for Central Europe

 

A. Vorel1, J. Uhlíková2 

Department of Ecology, Faculty of the Environment, University of Life Sciences Prague, Czech Republic

Nature Conservation Agency of the Czech Republic, Czech Republic

2 Beaver in Croatia – 20 years after

 

K. Tomljanović, J. Margaletić, M. Vucelja, M. Grubešić

Faculty of Forestry Zagreb, Croatia

3 Wanted: Landscape engineer, experienced in rewilding rivers and adjacent land, is in search of a quiet working place. Preferred country: Upper Austria

B. Schön

Department for Nature Protection, Government of Upper Austria, Austria

4 Reintroducting beavers in a lowland agricultural dominated landscape - The Danish Experience

T. B. Svendsen

Ministry of the Environment and Food of Denmark, Nature Agency, Gl. Landevej 35, DK-7620-Lemvig, Denmark.

 Coffee Break

5 Dam conflicts and opportunities: Modelling where beavers build dams and applying this to beaver management strategies

 

R. E. Brazier¹, M. Elliott2, H. Graham¹, A.K.Puttock1

University of Exeter, United Kingdom 

Devon Wildlife Trust, United Kingdom

6 Reintroduction success of Eurasian beaver in Switzerland? Insights from the restoration of the species’ ecological and evolutionary potential

 

S. Minnig1, C. Angst2, G. Jacob3

Genossenschaft umweltbildner.ch, Burgunderstrasse 93, CH-3018 Bern, Switzerland.

Biberfachstelle, Centre Suisse de Cartographie de la Faune (info fauna CSCF & karch), Bellevaux 51, CH-2000 Neuchâtel, Switzerland

Department of Biology, University of Fribourg, Chemin du Musée 10, 1700 Fribourg, Switzerland

 

7 Environmental education and beaver management

 

A. Simon

BUND Naturschutz Fürstenfeldbruck, Germany

 

8 The influence of density dependence, weather, wolf presence, and harvest on beaver population
dynamics

 

 S. M. Johnson-Bice1, J. M. Ferguson2, S. K. Windels3, J. D. Erb4, R. Moen5

1 Natural Resources Research Institute, University of Minnesota Duluth, USA

2 Department of Fisheries, Wildlife and Conservation Biology, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, USA

University of Minnesota, Minnesota, USA

4 Forest Wildlife Populations and Research Group, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, USA

5 Natural Resources Research Institute, University of Minnesota Duluth, USA

 Lunch break 

 

 

Session II: Beavers and Society 

Themes: Tourism, nature interpretation, sport hunting, conflicts, damage prevention and mitigation, education etc.

Presentation title

Speaker(s) and co-authors

1 Beavers in their landscape – viewpoint from a forester and  limnologist

L. Jagrud

Swedish Forest Agency, Sweden

2 Beavers – from a local point of view

B. Graversen

Member of the Committee for Tehcnical issues and the Environment (Lemvig Municipality, Venstre – the Liberal party of Denmarky) – and chair of Farmers Union in the Region, Denmark

Beaver dams - their distribution and impact on water storage in Bavaria

 

V. Zahner, S. Schloemer

University of Applied Sciences Weihenstephan, Germany

4 Dynamic beaver pond levels in mountain peatlands provide transient floodwater storage

C. J. Westbrook1, A. Ronnquist1, A. Bedard-Haughn2

Department of Geography and Planning, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada

Department of Soil Science, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada

A global review on the influence of beavers (Castor fiber, canadensis) on river hydrology, geomorphology, biogeochemistry, and ecosystems.

J. Larsen, A. Larsen,T. Lambert, A. Luiset, S. N. Lane

Earth Surface Dynamics, Universite de Lausanne, Geopolis-Mouline, Lausanne, Switzerland

Coffee break

6 Some hydrological and hydrochemical features of beaver ponds in Russian forest-steppe

 

I.V. Bashinskiy1,V. Osipov2,  E.A. Katsman1

A.N. Severtsov Institute of Ecology and Evolution RAS, Russian Federation

State Nature Reserve Privolzhskaya Lesostep’, Russian Federation

7 Where can beaver create multi-thread channels? A hydro-geomorphic framework

L. Polvi1, E. Wohl2

Umeå University, Sweden

Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colorado, USA

8 Ecosystem services provided by beavers (Castor spp.)

S. Thompson1, M. Vehkaoja1, J. Pellikka2, P. Nummi1

University of Helsinki, Finland,

Natural Resources Institute Finland, Finland

Poster viewing

Social time

Dinner

Guided tour at the castle

Wednesday 19th September

Breakfast from 7.00-9.00 am

Start time 9.00 am

Session III: Beaver Biology

Themes: General Biology (anatomy and physiology), genetics, behaviour, behavioural Ecology etc.

Presentation title

Speaker(s) and co-authors

1 What do we know and what do we need to know about beavers?

G. Hartman (Tentative Proposal)

Swedish Agricultural University, Uppsala, Sweden

2 Peculiarities of adaptation of Stichorchis subtriquetus (Trematoda, Cladorchiidae) in beaver populations

B.V. Romashov, N.B. Romashova

Voronezh Biosphere Reserve, Voronezh, Russia

3 Distribution and dynamics of beaver (Castor fiber) population in Romania

C. Pașca1,2,  M. Popa1,2,  G. Ionescu2, O. Ionescu1, D. Vișan2, A. Gridan2

1 Transylvania University of Brașov, Romania

2 National Institute for Research and Development in Forestry (INCDS) “Marin Drăcea”, Romania

4 Wolf-beaver interactions: New insights and future directions

S. K. Windels1, T. D. Gable2, A. T. Homkes3, J. K. Bump1

1 University of Minnesota, Minnesota, USA

University of Minnesota, Minnesota, USA

3 Northern Michigan University, Michigan, USA

Coffee break

5 Dead reckoning fine-scale behaviour and movement trajectories of Eurasian beavers

 R. M. Mortensen1, R. Gunner2, P. M. Graf3, R. P. Wilson2, F. Rosell1

1 Department of Natural Sciences and Environmental Health, Faculty of Technology, Natural Sciences and Maritime Sciences, University College of Southeast Norway, Telemark, Norway

2 Biosciences, College of Science, Swansea University, Swansea, UK

3 Department of Forestry and Renewable Forest Resources, Biotechnical Faculty, University of Ljubljana, Ljubljana, Slovenia

6 Why walk when you can swim? Long distance dispersal in North American beavers

 S.K. Windels

Voyageurs National Park, Minnesota, USA

7 Density-dependent effects on territorial movement patterns in Eurasian beavers

M. Mayer 1, 2, S. Frank 1, A. Zedrosser 1, 3, F. Rosell 1

Faculty of Technology, Natural Sciences and Maritime Sciences, Department of Natural Sciences and Environmental Health, University College of Southeast Norway, Telemark, Norway

Department of Bioscience, Aarhus University, Grenåvej 14, 8410 Rønde, Denmark

Department of Integrative Biology, Institute of Wildlife Biology and Game Management, University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna

8 Moving on? Beaver lodge occupancy and abandonment in a heterogeneous landscape

 G. A. Hood

University of Alberta, Augustana Faculty, 4901 – 46 Avenue, Camrose, Alberta, Canada

9 Site occupation patterns by a beaver population in Massachusetts, USA

P. E. Busher

Natural Sciences and Mathematics, College of General Studies, Boston University, MA, USA &

Center for Ecology and Conservation Biology, Boston University Boston, MA, USA

10 Effects of beaver (Castor fiber l.) dams on nutrient content in sediments in North-Western Lithuania

O. Belova

Institute of Forestry LAMMC, Lithuan

Lunch break

 

Session IV: Beavers and Biodiversity

Themes: Biodiversity, ecological impact, ecosystem services, interspecific relationships, ecosystem engineers, implications for conservation etc.

Presentation title

Speaker(s) and co-authors

1 Beavers and biodiversity - A review of present knowledge

G. A. Hood

University of Alberta, Augustana Faculty, 4901 – 46 Avenue, Camrose, Alberta, Canada

2 Beavers promote Calicioid diversity in boreal forest landscapes

M. Vehkaoja1, J. Rikkinen2, P. Nummi1

1 University of Helsinki, Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry, Finland,

2 University of Helsinki, Faculty of Bio and Environmental Sciences, Finland

3 Nature’s water engineers – impacts of beaver dams on flows, water quality and wetland species. 

R. E. Brazier ¹, M. Elliott2, and H. Graham¹, B. Morris³, A.K.Puttock1

1 University of Exeter, United Kingdom

2 Devon Wildlife Trust, United Kingdom

³ South West Archaeology, United Kingdom

4 New insights into the invertebrate fauna of beaver dams – a comparative study conducted with a vacuum sampler

S. Schloemer

University Duisburg-Essen, Department of Biology / Aquatic Ecology, Germany

5 Beaver created structures as a larval habitat for the golden-ringed dragonfly (Cordulegaster boltonii) in Bavaria

U. Meßlinger,

Büro für Naturschutzplanung und ökologische Studien, Am Weiherholz 43, D - 91604, Flachslanden, Germany

Coffee break

6 How much deadwood do beavers provide?

P. Birkefeldt Møller Pedersen1, B. Sutherland2, R. Ejrnæs1, B. Sandel3, Jens-Christian Svenning1

1 Aarhus University, Denmark

2 University of Cambridge, United Kingdom

3 Santa Clara University, USA

7 Beaver scent mounds – attractive objects for another mammals

A. Mishin

Voronezh Biosphere Reserve, Voronezh, Russia

8 On the issue of specific communities of a zooplankton forming under the influence of Castor fiber L activity: quantitative changes of two different size Cladocera species in beaver ponds (in situ experiment)

I.V. Chalova, N.S. Shevchenko, O.L. Tselmovich, A.V. Romanenko, E.G. Sacharova, A V. Krylov

Institute for Biology of Inland Waters RAS, 152742, Borok, Yaroslavl region, Russia,

 

Announcement of the 9th IBS

Photo Session

Poster Session

Poster title

Presenter(s) and co-authors

1 Can beaver dam management become more effective?

 L. Nissen, G. H. Jensen, T. Dabelsteen

Department of Biology, University of Copenhagen

2 Pair movement and resource use by a monogamous mammal, the Eurasian beaver

 K. McClanahan1, M. Mayer2, F. Rosell1

1 University College of Southeast Norway, Norway

2 Aarhus University, Denmark

1 University College of Southeast Norway, Norway

3 Mapping of beaver signs and trapping of beavers (Castor fiber) in Lower Austria – How will numbers obtained match? 

 R. Parz-Gollner1, J. Bohm1, G. Holzer1, A. Kubber-Heiss2

1 Inst. of Wildlife Biology and Game Management (IWJ), Univ. of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna, Austria

2 Research Institute of Wildlife Ecology (FIWI), Univ. of Veterinary Medicine Vienna, Austria

4 Tooth development and mandible measurements for age determination in the Eurasian beaver (Castor fiber)

 T. Mangen1, R. Parz-Gollner1, J. Böhm1, G. Hölzler1, P. M. Graf2

1 Institute of Wildlife Biology and Game Management, University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna, Vienna, Austria

2 Department of Forestry and Renewable Forest Resources, Biotechnical Faculty, University of Ljubljana, Ljubljana, Slovenia

5 Beaver dams as bridges for game species

 K. Šimkevičius1, M. Sirgėdienė1, G. Brazaitis1, M. Sirgėdas1, D. Marcinkevičius1

1 Aleksandras Stulginskis University, Faculty of Forest Sciences and Ecology, Institute of Forest Biology and Silviculture, Lithuania

6 Time budget and space sharing by farmed Eurasian beaver (Castor fiber) pairs during

 F. Mason, Z. Giżejewski

Institute of Animal Reproduction and Food Research of the Polish Academy of Sciences, 10-748 Olsztyn, Poland

7 Female aggression and monogamy: A test of the hypothesis

 J. Gould1, P. E. Busher2

1 Natural Sciences and Mathematics and Center for Interdisciplinary Teaching and Learning, College of General Studies, Boston University, Boston, MA, USA

2 Natural Sciences and Mathematics, College of General Studies and Center for Ecology and Conservation Biology, Boston University Boston, MA, USA

8 Beaver impact on wetlands - evaluated using drones

 C. Pașca 1,2,  M. Popa 1,2,  G. Ionescu2, O. Ionescu1

1 Transylvania University of Brașov, Romania

2 National Institute for Research and Development in Forestry (INCDS) “Marin Drăcea”, Romania

9 Are we able to detect hydrological impacts of beaver dams at the catchment scale?

 L. Devreux, P. Brigode

Université Côte d’Azur, CNRS, OCA, IRD, Géoazur, Nice, France

10 Modelling the hydraulic impact of beaver dam complexes and cascades

 

 A. Larsen, G. Antionazza, M. Bakker, P. Egli, R. Cardot, M. Gelare, S. N. Lane 

Earth Surface Dynamics, Universite de Lausanne, Geopolis-Mouline, Lausanne,

Switzerland

11 Inventory of beaver (Castor fiber albicus) activities by a camera drone in the nature protection areas of the former opencast-mining landscape near Bitterfeld, Saxony-Anhalt, Germany

 K.-A. Nitsche1, G. Röber2

1,Akensche Straße 10D-06844 Dessau-Roßlau, Germany

Fritz-Hesse-Straße 22, D-06844 Dessau-Roßlau, Germany

12 The oldest beaver artifact from Central Asia as evidence of millennial stability of an

autochthonous population of Castor fiber birulai

 A. P. Saveljev1, S. Shar2

Russian Research Institute of Game Management and Fur Farming, Kirov, Russia

National University of Mongolia, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

13 Long-term dynamics and possibilities of management of the beaver population in Poland

 M.Wróbel1, A. Krysztofiak-Kaniewska2

1 Forest Research Institute, Poland, 2 University of Life Sciences in Poznań, Poland

14 Digging a hole: anti-predator behavior or funeral?

 C. Angst1, M. Plattner2

11Biberfachstelle, Centre Suisse de Cartographie de la Faune (info fauna CSCF&karch), Bellevaux 51, CH-2000 Neuchâtel, Switzerland

2 Switzerland

 15 Performance of different GPS units for deployment on beavers

 L. S. Justicia1, 2, F. Rosell 1, M. Mayer 1, 3

Faculty of Technology, Natural Sciences, and Maritime Sciences, Department of Natural Sciences and Environmental Health, University of Southeast Norway, Bø i Telemark, Norway

Faculty of Biology, University of Barcelona, Spain

Department of Bioscience, Aarhus University, Aarhus, Denmark

16 Biochemical blood parameters of beavers (Castor fiber) of similar genetic composition at the Beaver Farm, Voronezsky Reserve, Russia

 E. Romashova1, N. Romashova2, A. Tsvetkov2

Saint-Petersburg State Academy of Veterinary Medicine, St. Petersburg, Russia

2 Voronezh Biosphere Reserve, Voronezh, Russia

17 Almost faithful: SNP markers reveal low levels of extra-apir paternity in the eurasian beaver

 P. S. Nimje1, H. V. Tinnesand1, C. D. Buesching2, M. Sæbø1, Senn H3, A. Zedrosser1,4 & F. Rosell1

Faculty of Technology, Natural Sciences and Maritime Sciences, Department of Natural Sciences and Environmental Health, University of Southeast Norway, Bø i Telemark, Norway

Wildlife Conservation Research Unit, Department of Zoology, Recanati-Kaplan Centre, University of Oxford, Tubney House, Tubney, Abingdon, Oxfordshire, UK

Royal Zoological Society of Scotland, WildGenes Laboratory, UK.

Department of Integrative Biology, Institute of Wildlife Biology and Game Management, University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna, Austria

18 The French beaver network: How does France manage with the beaver?

 Y. Bressan, P. Hurel & M. Guinot-Ghestem

National Hunting and Wildlife Agency, France

19 Hope for the long term conservation of Eurasian beavers in Spain? New laws insights

 J. Echegaray, J. Soto, C. Pérez de Obanos & E. Artika

Independent Researchers

20 Using radio-frequency identification (RFID) technology to monitor Eurasian beaver (Castor Fiber)

 A.J.A. Briggs1, C. Robstad2 & F. Rosell2

1 Department of Science, Natural Resources and Outdoor Studies, University of Cumbria, The Barn, Rydal Road, Ambleside, UK

2 Department of Natural Sciences and Environmental Health, University of Southeast Norway, Bø i Telemark, Norway

21 Salmonid passage at beaver dams: The respone of a brown trout (Salmo trutta) population to Eurasian beaver (Castor fiber) damming activities in Northern Scotland

 R. Needham1, M. Gaywood2, N. Sotherton3 & P. Kemp1

1 International Centre Ecohydraulic Research, University of Southampton, UK

2 Scottish Natural Heritage, Inverness, Scotland

3 Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust, Pertshire, Scotland

Conference Dinner


Thursday 20th September

Excursion in Western Jutland with emphasis on nature, culture and volunteers (Nature Park Nissum Fjord, Geopark Western Jutland, Heathlands and Plantations).

Departure from Nr. Vosborg 8.30 am

Arriving at Nr. Vosborg 3.45 pm

Bus departure from Nr. Vosborg to Billund 4.10 pm