Sunday, June 9, 2013

Dealing with Beavers

I went back and retold the story of how we came to build the culvert protection fence. I may have exaggerated a bit about the discussions and actions leading up to our decision to co-exist with our furry neighbors. Judge for yourself.

Sunday, May 5, 2013

Beaver Tries to Dam Culvert

Last year, after working annually to unclog culverts dammed by beavers, we decided to try to solve the problem.  Thanks to advice from Mike Callahan and the folks on Facebook's Beaver Management Forum, we were able to build a culvert protection fence. That was one year ago. This video documents the results of that effort and the effort of the beavers.  Unable to reach the inflow side, their only option was to try to block the outflow.  Working against the flow proved difficult for them as the daytime flow, always washed some of their work away.

While our efforts were not 100% effective, it makes annual maintenance simple.  Unfortunately, we may have some bad news along with the good news.

Last year we had five beavers on the pond, representing three generations.  I suspect the parents told the oldest sibline to move on last season.  However, there have been no sightings of the mother or two youngsters born last year, and during the winter, I saw beaver tracks and fox tracks in the same vicinity. I fear the worst for the two youngsters and mom.  It's possible mom is still in the lodge with a new crop of kits, but only time will tell.

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Got Pollen?

It wasn't until I saw this shot on the computer that I noticed the yellow pollen, body mustache on this old timer.

Monday, April 29, 2013

Sherwood Glen Pond Life - April 28, 2013

I was surprised by the amount of activity I encountered during a short 10-minute, noon-time walk around the pond.

Monday, April 1, 2013

The First Signs of Spring on the Pond

Most people look for a green sprout of some kind as the first signs of spring, but not me.  As I walked the pond trail yesterday, I realized spring was officially here when I checked out the culvert to see if the beavers have started their post-winter attempts to block the outflow.  

As you can see here, they have forced a few branches into the culvert, but most the grass and mud they piled on has washed away and water is flowing freely. Even if they eventually manage to slow the flow, the other two culverts are completely clear. With very little maintenance, I hope to have a clog free season.

I'm pleased to say that the culvert protection cage has survived the winter intact. A few of the nylon tie-downs that hold the cage to the fence post have broken, but they are simple to fix.

As you may know, beavers are a keystone species and their presence is responsible for the appearance of many other types of pond life, but some "animals" were around long before the beavers.  As I walked the perimeter and headed up to the leach field, I noticed a rock formation that I had seen many times before.  This time I viewed it with different eyes.  First it looked to me like a stone whale breaching the topsoil.  Upon further inspection l saw a stone hippo lifting his head out of the topsoil.

It is just my over active imagination, or do you see it too?