Whole‐community facilitation by beaver: ecosystem engineer increases waterbird diversity

@article{Nummi2014WholecommunityFB,
  title={Whole‐community facilitation by beaver: ecosystem engineer increases waterbird diversity},
  author={Petri Nummi and Sari Holopainen},
  journal={Aquatic Conservation-marine and Freshwater Ecosystems},
  year={2014},
  volume={24},
  pages={623-633}
}
  • P. Nummi, Sari Holopainen
  • Published 1 October 2014
  • Environmental Science
  • Aquatic Conservation-marine and Freshwater Ecosystems
Wetlands are rich in biodiversity, but globally threatened. After a long period of regional extirpation, beavers have recently returned to many European areas and are now restoring wetlands. The beaver is remarkable regarding the large impacts it has not only on individual species but on entire communities and ecosystems. In fact, beavers are referred to as ‘ecosystem engineers’. The facilitative effect of the beaver Castor canadensis on a waterbird community of seven species of waders and… 

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