Those Busy Beavers …

Beaver-chewed tree trunk photo by Tucson photographer Martha Lochert.

I was walking in the woods and came across this tree. A beaver felled it. According to  http://http://animals.mom.me/long-beaver-chew-down-tree-11371.html it probably only took about five to ten minutes! I wish I would have seen it in action.

While beavers can seem to be a nuisance, they actually help us in many ways. By building their dams, they create a habitat for a variety of fish, birds and plants, adding biodiversity to a stream. These ponds are helping to restore our country’s wetlands; their ponds slow down water absorption – reducing drought and erosion. The microbes in the beaver wetlands also acts as “kidneys” for the earth by breaking down the toxins in the water as it flows through the silt built up in older dams. So it is in our best interest to leave them be!

The National Wildlife Federation has a good article on beavers at: https://www.nwf.org/News-and-Magazines/National-Wildlife/Animals/Archives/2002/Leave-the-Wetlands-to-Beaver.aspx

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www.MarthaLochertPhotography.com 

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