Canada: Beavers equipped with cameras sent to inspect remote conservation sites
This is a program that uses North American beavers equipped with GoPro cameras to inspect remote conservation sites that are difficult or time consuming to reach by vehicle or on foot.
Each beaver is assigned to “b-zones,” pre-designated monitoring areas within the 6.4 million acres of Canadian landscape under DUC care. The footage these working rodents collect will be used to determine if repairs or enhancements are needed to the wetlands, watersheds, or water control structures. The monitoring scope includes both above and below the water.
“The Super Beaver Inspector Task Force represents the future of nature-based solutions in Canada – and across the world,” says Nigel Simms, director of communications and marketing at DUC. “We want to showcase that Ducks Unlimited Canada is at the heart of nature-based conservation solutions that solve nature’s challenges.”
Anatomical sciences were deployed as part of the initiative’s development, securing the cameras to the beaver in two ways. First, a stabilizing strap is placed behind the scapula and over the thoracic vertebrae and ribs. Then the custom-fit, patent-pending head strap is placed between the postorbital process in the frontal skull, which is then pulled over the occipital bone toward the parietal region, carefully securing around the external auditory meatus. The animal is not harmed wearing the camera harness.
You can see this great achievement, published April 1, on Ducks' video channel. ■