19
Mar
09

Beaver

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Some rivers and lakes in southern Wisconsin have passed no-wake ordinances.  With the ground still frozen below the surface, it isn’t absorbing the water from snow melting or rainstorms.  That means runoff and erosion.  No-wake ordinances attempt to stop shoreline erosion by prohibiting boaters from going too fast and causing a wake which adds to shoreline erosion.  I don’t think anyone has told the beavers though.

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Some people will bemoan the end of winter and how they can’t wait for all the life to return.  The life has already returned.  The geese and ducks have returned.  The critters that hibernate have begun moving around.

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I’ve seen beaver here before, though I’ve never gotten a real clear shot of any.  Not any that offered definitive proof to anyone other than a wildlife biologist that this is a beaver. 

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They’re difficult to tell apart from a muskrat, unless you can see their teeth or their tale.  Beaver have a paddle-like tale and muskrat have a tale like — well — a rat.  Is that a paddle?

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Whether it is a paddle or not, this critter seemed unphased by my presence.

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Especially when it stretched out and showed me why beavers are such great swimmers.  Their paddle works like a canoe paddle for swimming and a shovel during the construction of its dam and home.

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3 Responses to “Beaver”


  1. April 29, 2012 at 4:36 am

    I was lucky enough to see a beaver twice in Canada.

  2. 2 Randy Roberts
    April 29, 2012 at 10:23 am

    You must think I’m very lucky then, because I have access to two Beaver complexes.


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