Cooper R.

Oshawa, Ontario

Durham Regional Fair

The Beaver

My project is on the North American beaver. My video covers many topics including historical background, significant dates, and how the beaver is essential to helping our ecosystem. I also explain why the beaver is on our Canadian nickel.




What was the most interesting thing you learned about your topic?

The most interesting thing I learned while doing my project is how recent the beaver was announced our National animal. It was declared in 1975, which is only 43 years ago!

What important lessons have you learned that you want to share with other Canadians?

There are many lessons I learned that I want to share with other Canadians. The lesson I feel is most important is how much the beaver does for our ecosystem. By building dams the beaver helps 50% of species on earth by creating easier access for animals to eat the fish and vegetation in the water. Even though beavers can be a nuisance, they are such an important part of the life cycle.

How would you compare your life today to the lives of those studied in your project?

Life today is much different then in the 1600's when it comes to the beaver. People in the 1600's used beaver skin as clothing for warmth and fashion. Nowadays, many people are anti fur and want to protect animals. It's looked down upon to use fur as clothing.