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 agreen zone.  
  •  Bluezones 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!


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.


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Watershed Guardians show you how to spot an active from an inactive beaver colony, how to: have fun,  be safe in the cold,  snowshoe, and other fun aspects of winter sports.  And we provide the food.  But we can't be responsible for everything.  You must take personal responsibility and print and sign a waiver prior to participating. 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 (below) to reduce traffic.  Be advised that this  road is heavily used for winter recreation; snowmobilers, skiers and residents use this road daily. 

Thank you,  Mike Doyle for teaching the Class of 2019 about Wilderness First Responder and preparedness training at the Beaver Count!

Mike has been a Physician's Assistant for 43 years and is still practicing part time.  He is an American Red Cross Instructor for Wilderness and Remote First Aid.  He has done a moderate amount of backpacking.  While in the military he developed an interest in Wilderness Medicine due to his travels to third world countries to do medical humanitarian work. 

His knowledge on wilderness survival is mostly that with not having to actually experience being in that situation.  Mike has spent a fair amount of time learning how to stay warm and dry in winter weather.  Mike does not claim to be an expert in anything.

We have pulled together a short slide show explaining most of the details you will need to fill out the census  forms. Check it out!  (a power point show)