Thursday, June 1, 2017

BUSY BEAVERS

     Last summer I enjoyed a large beaver pond. I usually road my bike by this pond and visited with many others who had the same idea I had. There were always many things going on at the pond. There were quite a few duck species and Canada geese. The Red-wing blackbirds thought this was a good place for them. There were sparrows, swallows, woodpeckers, warblers and chickadees. The Great blue heron was a special treat.









    The beavers had worked hard on their dam and cut down many trees to store for winter food.

    The first time I went back this spring to check on the pond, I was most disappointed. the pond was no more and the stream ran in it's original banks.




    Well, the beavers didn't move very far. they found another place about 500m further down with luscious young poplar trees which were right beside the bank.




    They have also been working to control the water in the stream. They have built at least three small dams that I can see. They are going to get into trouble with one of their dams as it's under a footbridge.

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  1. I wonder why they moved. Was it something done by authorities? If so, they will be moved again. :-(

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    1. They moved to an area with many more trees. authorities are rather careful about touching beavers as authorities have had their knuckles rapped.

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  2. Such an amazing creature! Lovely saga.

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    1. They're interesting to watch each day.

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  3. How fun to watch the beavers! I wish we had some nearby.

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    1. We have two major creeks flowing through town so there are are quite a few beavers.

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  4. I have not had the privilege of watching beavers building dams, ponds and lodges, but I find them fascinating. Lucky you.

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    1. Beavers are mostly nocturnal so in the day you see what they did.

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  5. You gotta admire beavers. I'm glad you found the replacement pond!

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    1. They make their own ponds so get what they want.

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  6. Beavers are amazing creatures - cleverly building dams and lodges and controlling water flow. In medieval times there were still wild beavers in Great Britain. I went to school in a place called Beverley - formerly Beaverley... and there are beavers on the town's crest.

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    1. I think bevers wee exterminated in Europe. I think some North american beavers were established and have caused problems.

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  7. They tend to move when they feel the trees within a relative range of their pond have run out of numbers. Then over time the dam, through lack of maintenance, starts to come apart.

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    1. This dam was wiped out in the spring. I would think they abandoned it.

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    1. They move a massive amount of mud , rock and wood.

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  9. The beavers are fantastic builders yet they can cause problems too, can't we all. :) Sounds like a wonderful place to watch and see wildlife.

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    1. We are fortunate to have some native habitat.

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  10. Beavers tend to be persistent. And they are certainly hard workers. I hope they are let be if their dam is not harming anything. You're lucky to have this marvel so close by. The before and after pictures are amazing!

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    1. I think they'll be in trouble this year as they are putting the new dam under a foot bridge.

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    1. They move a tremendous amount of rock, mud and trees.

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  12. Beavers are so smart...and darn persistant. If there is a way, they have the will!

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    1. You have described beavers to a T

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  13. Beavers are such hardworking little creatures. You have to admire their tenacity.

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  14. Interesting to see how the beavers built a dam.

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  15. Oh they are hard working guys. Smart, smart. They sure know how to pull the wool over ones eyes. Then next thing you look. They have found another spot. I am surprised they are not lying on there backs and waving at us all. Fooled you.

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  16. Hi Red, This is an interesting post. Thanks for all the information. It is neat to know the beavers will change locations to get closer to easier-to-access trees. It sounds like something humans would do.

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  17. My, they have been busy as, well, busy as beavers! Amazing what they can do.

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  18. Busy little beavers. Amazing engineers.

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  19. Nature's furry little engineers...
    Nice photos!

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