Rodents of Unusual Size and the De-Swampification of My Puddle

I inhabit an area that is adjacent to a wetland that can vary from a pond to a bog.  In the last few days an unseasonably heavy pre-Thanksgiving snowfall was melted off by substantial rainfall.  When this happened I could hear the stream that feeds the puddle flowing pretty heavily and I noticed the level of the puddle was rising pretty significantly.  Well, what of it?  Winter is coming and that will put a stop to most of the flow.

pond shot with Sony A7 III and Minolta 200mm f\4 macro lens

After that the puddle will solidify and stop being a concern until Spring.  But Camera girl has the vision of a hawk or eagle or something.  And she saw something interesting.

crop of beaver in pond shot with Sony A7 III and Minolta 200mm f\4 macro lens

Now I wish I had bought that Sigma 600mm zoom.  I assume soon my basement will be underwater and the beaver will be cohabiting with us and borrowing my stuff.  There’s never an end to the indignities of living in New England.  This undocumented migrant probably has all kinds of protected status, doesn’t pay taxes and for all I know is a trans-gender study major at the local state college all on my dime.  I’ll keep everyone updated on the horror.

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TomD77
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Sic the EPD on the beaver, tell them that the beaver is modifying wetlands without permits.

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You have the makings of some cool ecology there. If theres enough oxygen in your brook, at least for the first 3 years after your beavers build a damn system, Brook Trout fishing is spectacular. Talking orange salmon meat tasty lunkers. After that unless theres a good amount of moving oxygenated in flow the ponds get too stagnant.

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If the beavers stay to build ponds you will get a lot of critters from coons to minks dining on the aquatic life. Blue Herons, Wood Ducks, even Otters will drop by if there’s good fish to feed them. And everyone in the forrest uses the dams to cross over the brooks.

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You see any signs of them knawing on trees? Put up a couple Wood Duck nest box’s. They love them over open water, so you got to do it before it floods or from a canoe or plain old wade it. In the Boy Scouts we put up a couple in NewIpswich NH along the Souhegan River, if you know the area, beginning from the flood control below Gibson’s Four Corners northwards. Lived on the River Rd till our house burnt down. Best Brook trout fishing I ever experienced. My grandad, who raised me caught a US record native Brooky… Read more »