After you have completed training, select one of three census zones. Each zone is comprised of three challenge levels.

  •   Red zones are the most difficult due to distance or vertical climb.     Red zones may be as long as 10 miles and best censused on XC skis; other red zones are only  2-5 of miles long but may require a steeper ascent.  Red zone teams begin at 9:00 AM.      You should be in good to excellent shape if your team choses red zone. 
  • Green zones are 1 to 5 miles long and may have brushy terrian, steep slopes or a long hike/snowshoe.   You should be in moderate to good physical condition to attempt a green zone.    Green teams begin at 10:00AM.  You should be in moderate to good shape for a green zone.  
  •  Blue zones are the easiest and are less than 2 miles long.  We have several blue zones that will be censused.  Blue teams begin at 11:00 AM.   Most people can census a blue zone.

 All teams must report to their base camp by 4:00PM Saturday!

Expect  to see wildlife on each zone type!   As always, please keep updated on the current weather!


The BC 2017 training  will be January 28th, 2017 at the Mink Creek Pavilion and mandatory for all participants WHO HAVE NOT PREVIOUSLY BEEN TRAINED.  At  10:00 AM ,  register and  get tips from experts on  outdoor preparedness and other topics.   Then determine your ability to snowshoe an easy, moderate, or difficult route .   We’ll look at active vs. inactive systems and biological evidence.  If you have not been to the training more recently than 5 years, we recommend that you re-train.  Please sign up for training!

Our training is designed to help you with understanding beaver as well as how to have fun in the winter.  We are very fortunate to have support from ISU's School of Outdoor leadership.  Young people learning how to stay safe in the outdoors.


Watershed Guardians provide examples on how to spot active and inactive colonies, how to have fun in the cold, how to snowshoe, and other fun aspects of winter sports.  And we provide the food!  If you have participated in BeaverCount in the past, please contact us.  We'd love to have you back! If you have not been to the training more recently than 5 years, we recommend that you re-train.  Please sign up for training!

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Please drive cautiously on  Winter Roads.  Expect winter driving conditions. Sign up for Car-pooling to reduce road traffic.  Be advised that this  road is heavily used for winter recreation; snowmobilers, skiers and residents use this road daily.