Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Beaver Dams at Huntley Meadows


In the photo above you can see Gregg sitting on the end of a bench.  In the photo below is the same bench back in June 2012.  All those branches are the start of a beaver lodge that those industrious critters had started building.  Each side of the path is marshland.  On our most recent visit the bench is almost totally absorbed by the lodge.  There is one small section which has barely enough room to sit on now.


I think the beavers are being given full reign to do what they will for the present, as there were dams on either side of the pathway, and in other areas of the reserve.  I suppose the lodge will have to be 'trimmed' at some point.  It  is slowly covering the main footpath which allows people to walk over the wetlands.


Here's a dam.....


there's a dam.....

and the Canada Geese are loving the extra water that has accumulated.


Another dam which a few geese have decided to cross to get to the other side.....


except that the other side doesn't have as much water, and not liking what they found they immediately turned around and went back to where the water was deeper.


This is part of yet another dam they crossed.  Great engineers those beaver.


 Some trees that had been felled were quite large.


This one had been gnawed on recently as the wood was still freshly cut.


 We were amazed at all the trees that had been felled.


There is about a foot-and-a-half difference in the level of the water from one side to the other.


A short video.  Apologies for it being a little shaky but it will give you a good idea of how busy those beavers have been.

23 comments:

Linda said...

Those beavers certainly have been busy! Do you ever get to see them?

EG CameraGirl said...

Clever of those beavers to incorporate the bench into their lodge. :)

imac said...

Busy beavers in deed, and what great shots too.

B. Rogers, Living in Black Mountain said...

Just think, the beavers were probably sitting right next to your husband on their side of the bench!

Cezar and Léia said...

I love benches and you got a beautiful picture.Amazing sunshine there, the place looks so peaceful!
Thanks for sharing this wonderful walking with us.
Léia

gigihawaii said...

Those beavers are incredible! I have never met one in real life. I wonder if these dams cause flooding during storms.

TexWisGirl said...

i know they can be so destructive! such engineers, though.

Out on the prairie said...

Fun to watch the development, but given the wrong area often dismantled by workers. I was riding my bike and came upon on working on a tree.It was fun to watch as it was not alarmed by me.

Leave It To Davis said...

Very interesting! and educational. I have never seen a beaver dam. Thanks for sharing. My nineteen year old was watching the video with me and he asked me if you were in Canada...I told him I thought you were and he said that most beaver are there. I didn't know that.

Rose ~ from Oz said...

This amazed and intrigued me Denise as I've only ever seen the like on television documentaries. How wonderful blogland is!!

Jane and Chris said...

Amazing animals who engineer their surroundings until it is just right.
Jane x

eileeninmd said...

Busy beavers, they must have super strong teeth. I like the shots of the geese going back and forth. Great captures, Denise!

Beatrice P. Boyd said...

Those beavers are certainly industrious, Denise, and I confess to never having seen a lodge as large as in your post.

Kathie Brown said...

Wow! that's quite a sight! What a great place to go birding too! It looks like you might have some Cackling geese in with those Canada geese. They seem to have awfully short necks and stubby bills.

Ranita Sinha said...

Never seen a beaver in my life and will prefer not to meet them after your post but the clicks are too nice and love the geese..

Kay said...

This is so interesting. I'm always amazed at what beavers can do, but some of it can look a bit destructive though. What a wonderful area to take a walk.

Valerie said...

Amazing and clever! Those beavers are great architects. An interesting post, Denise, thank you.

ladyfi said...

How lovely - and sunny too.

Carletta said...

I'm surprised they have been 'allowed' to keep building it. I'm afraid to think of the time when someone decides it must go after all that hard work! :)
Great post Denise!

~✽Mumsy✽~ said...

Wow..what busy beavers! The video is quite fantastic though.

Linda Gross said...

We must have been in a different part of the meadows. I don't recall seeing the beaver dams when we visited. It has been a couple years, though, so maybe the dams weren't there then. Did you see any beavers?

diane b said...

They are amazing critters and very industious. It is hard to believe the size of the trees they fell. A great post.

Susan, a Sometimes Blogger said...

Really fascinating Denise. The beavers are incredible. I love how their lodge has been left there for everyone to see as they walk past.
Thanks for all the photos, it's wonderful to see the things we'd never see over here :D)