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What Happens When Beaver Ponds Pop Up?

Friday, September 22, 2023

What Happens When Beaver Ponds Pop Up?

Date & Time

Friday, September 22, 2023

Time Slot(s):

10:00 am to 12:00 pm


As beaver populations recover, their beaver ponds seem to be popping up everywhere. Beaver ponds create new habitat, change the hydrology and water quality, alter the carbon balance, and can threaten infrastructure. We will visit a beaver pond that has been intensively studied for the last 10 years to discuss the many interesting changes that occur when a beaver pond appears, and how it changes over seasons and years.

Special Instructions

The group will gather at the entrance to the Martin Burns wildlife refuge, then carpool up to the beaver pond locations, and then walk ~200-300 meters to the beaver pond through open meadows and forest.

Martin Burns Wildlife Management Area on Orchard Street; driving instructions given as I-95 to Central St/Byfield Exit. Central Street east to Orchard St (3/4 mile) Turn left on Orchard St and drive approx 1 mile to parking and field office on left.

Good walking or hiking shoes for walking on dirt road and a bit off road. There is poison ivy along the road and paths, so long pants and long sleeves; bug spray may be needed.

Weather Restrictions

The event will not be held if there is heavy rain or thunderstorms.


Plum Island Ecosystems Long Term Ecological Research Project





Orchard St, Newbury, MA 01922

Orchard St, Newbury, MA 01922



Fun for Kids

Parking Available

Event Category

  • Nature / Science

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