Beaver Deceivers International (BDI) was started in 2001 by inventor and wildlife biologist, Skip Lisle. Based in Grafton, Vermont (USA) it is a small company with a continental and worldwide reach. Our goal is to make the unavoidable interactions between humans and beavers less expensive and more valuable and enjoyable. Our extensive background in science, wildlife management, wetlands ecology, and construction has led to original, high quality, “fixed” property defenses that solve conflicts (particularly flooding) for decades without having to extirpate beavers. Having worked at hundreds of diverse sites in North America and Poland, we have established an unprecedented success rate while never having to kill a beaver. As a long-lasting, low-maintenance remedy for beaver-human conflicts, and as a money-saving device for our customers, our products represent the greatest available value. As a complementary service, we also teach; we have shared our knowledge at scores of presentations and workshops throughout much of North America and in many European countries.
In a broader sense, we’re in business to make the landscape, ecosystems, and wildlife habitats—and therefore human habitats—as productive, natural, healthy, nurturing, and enjoyable as possible. Most of this happens for free just by taking measures to avoid killing beavers, a uniquely ecologically valuable, native, keystone species. In the absence of effective property defenses, by contrast, beavers have to be permanently removed, usually lethally, from conflict areas. In the absence of beavers, great ecological potential and value is lost: new dams and wetlands are not created in the vicinity, and existing dams decay and wetlands disappear.
Ponds and wetlands created, shaped, or maintained by beavers are incredibly dynamic, rich habitats. These qualities make beaver “flowages” fascinating, beautiful places. This attractiveness presents itself in a thousand different ways, including the complex mix of flowers, aquatic plants, and trees, living and dead. The vegetation, water, openness (sun), and overall structure translate to a massive amount of insect and animal life, and species diversity. Beauty is also in the “look” (wildlife viewing) and sound (song) of individual species, and the constant ecological interactions between lifeforms.
As a human construct, beauty needs to be seen, heard, smelled, and felt. Given that most beaver-human conflicts involve thoroughfares, non-lethal remedies often translate to non-threatening roadside wetlands. These features, and some of their wild inhabitants, are visible for travelers passing in trains or motor vehicles. Where there is little traffic, roads make great platforms for pedestrians to exercise their eco-curiosity and to satiate all their senses. To increase the enjoyment of this beauty, which is indirectly created by one of our products, BDI also offers other ones that improve comfort and accessibility: strategically located decks, paths, and boardwalks.
With one possible exception, there is nothing more beautiful than a profusion and diversity of life in a lovely setting. Saving lots of money also has its charms.
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