September 20, 2023 @ 10:00 am – 12:30 pm

Midwest Beaver Summit

Part 1: Wednesday, September 13

Part 2: Wednesday, September 20

11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Central Time each day

A Zoom link will be sent out prior to the event!

Co-hosted by the Superior Bio-Conservancy, the Illinois Beaver Alliance, American Rivers, Heartland Rewilding, Friends of the Chicago River, Native Range Ecological, LLC, The Beaver Institute, Midwest Beaver Management, and the Land Conservancy of McHenry County, our summit is a first step toward putting together a network of Midwestern stakeholders who can help spread the word about the incredible ecological importance of beavers and the modern tools for managing human-beaver conflicts nonlethally.

Interested in Sponsoring the summit? If so, please fill out this form.


– A discussion with Ben Goldfarb, author of Eager: The Surprising, Secret Life of Beavers and Why They Matter, and Leila Philip, author of Beaverland: How One Weird Beaver Made America.

– Presentations by Dr. Emily Fairfax, Olivia Dorothy, Dr. Steve Windels, Dr. Michael Pollock, Loren Taylor, and Mike Callahan.

Learn about:

– The adaptable beaver and our ecological amnesia

– Partnering with beavers to build climate resilience in the Midwest

– Floodplain reconnection

– How beavers build habitat to support biodiversity richness

– The truth about the impact of beaver dams on trout populations

– How to manage beaver conflicts nonlethally