American Beavers

American Beavers

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American beavers live throughout North America. They have brown fur and large, flat tails. They are among the most skilled builders in the animal kingdom. American beavers build structures called dams that stop flowing water. These dams help create wetlands. This provides habitat for mammals, fish, frogs, turtles, birds, and ducks. In fact, Native American people called the beaver the “sacred center” of the land, because beavers create rich habitat for so many species. Today, scientists view American beavers as the keystone species in wetland environments.