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Northeast Oregon

Beaver Survey

Bring your curiosity and your camera

and help steward Northeast Oregon's waterways

while you adventure this summer and fall!

Join our Northeast Oregon Beaver Survey crew!

Help regional ecologists and land managers put beavers
on the map. Documenting the West's greatest ecosystem engineer is a great activity to inspire naturalists of all ages.

It's also a great way to social distance while you explore

the spectacular Greater Hells Canyon Region!

How to join:

  • Head over to iNaturalist here.

  • Sign up for an account.

  • Download the iNaturalist app for your smartphone
    (if you've got one).

  • Within the app or on the website, search for the 
    NE Oregon Beaver Survey Project and join it!

  • Check out our training module so that you know how to gather high-quality data to help our local land managers get a better sense of beaver populations. 

  • Go explore northeast Oregon (safely)!

  • If you catch a glimpse of a beaver or signs of one, like a chewed tree, take a careful look, and snap a couple of photos. (Please see the training module for detailed instructions. It's easy!) Please get permission from landowners to survey on private lands. 

  • At, or in the app, click on "Add observation" and post your picture to the NE Oregon Beaver Survey project.

  • Pat yourself on the back for assisting with this important stewardship and connectivity project. Thank you! 

Why is your help important?

The American Beaver is hands-down the best restoration partner in the West—storing water, slowing floods and fires, and creating habitat for everything from butterflies to moose to salmon to ducks. 


More beavers on the landscape would be a huge boost for biodiversity and climate resilience, but beavers have been slow to reestablish in our region, and our local land and water managers need to better understand what’s holding them back.

Is trapping the problem? Poor habitat? Where are beavers setting up shop and thriving and where are they mysteriously missing?

With your help, GHCC and our project partners (Grande Ronde Model Watershed, the Wallowa Whitman National Forest, and Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife) will provide the data local land, water, and wildlife managers need to prioritize this superstar ecosystem engineer.


Contact Connections Coordinator Christina deVillier with questions! Thanks so much for your help! 

Survey on public lands, and / or
download the private lands access permission form

iNaturalist has citizen science projects you can participate in wherever you live. It provides unique data for science projects around the world and is great for naturalists of all ages!

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Watch the Training Module

(and share it with your friends!)

Need More Reasons to Love Beavers?

Check out this amazing animation

on beavers and fire refugia. 

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