Sunday, October 5, 2008
Those Intrepid Beavers
Last weekend we had more than eight inches of rain fall on Maine due to a nor'easter on Friday and Saturday and then the effects of Hurricane Kyle on Sunday and Monday. I was worried about the beavers and when the storm let up, my mom checked on them. The fledgling building project that I had discovered the week before was completely washed away but the hard-working, resilient little rodents had moved their operation farther downstream to the southeast corner of my parents' property.
Yesterday, Charlie and I were over helping Dad clear up some trees. After the wood was put into our vehicle and Charlie headed home to stack it, Dad and I headed down to the river to check out the beavers. From the top of the hill where their woods road ends, we could see the dam and the evidence of clear cutting and dragging. Beavers build dams to make the water near their lodge deep enough that the water will stay open under the ice. I could see their lodge farther upstream but could not get a good picture of it without getting wet.
Farther downstream, in a boggy area there is another dam under construction. This all bears more exploration.
Beaver fun fact: Their teeth protrude through a hole in their lips so that their lips can close behind their teeth keeping tree debris from getting into their mouth when chopping and allowing them to swim with a tree clutched in their teeth.