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
1 year ago

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

mtnforge
mtnforge
1 year ago
Reply to  photog

He could be an insurgent in the Honorable Resistance. One of those ungovernable deplorable’s, setting up a guerrilla base of operations to start 4th Generation war against the New England Fabien’s.
Look at those steely eyes and the beaver fur uniform.

mtnforge
mtnforge
1 year ago
Reply to  photog

Heh.
Good deal.
Though watch out, you know CNN will probably call them racist “The Mad Hatters”, get them classified with the Southern Propaganda Lie Center as domestic terrorist group with assault teeth, or accused of appropriating one of feminism’s third hole genders.

mtnforge
mtnforge
1 year ago

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.

mtnforge
mtnforge
1 year ago
Reply to  photog

You might have a spring there too. Over time enough hydraulic pressure from heavy rains could erode out a new leak path, or it takes a secondary course. There’s a lot of underground “rivers” in the northeast. Walden pond is fed by one from traced up into NH, I heard when I was younger growing up in NH its so deep to explore divers required decompression dives. Critters know their environment, what better natural hydraulic engineers than Beavers and Muskrats. I discovered one on a small farm I had in North Sandwich NH, hand dug a small trench across it,… Read more »

mtnforge
mtnforge
1 year ago
Reply to  photog

Your lucky. I have a creek on my land, a series of beaver damns would create a great resource they way it lays.
Its great to see beavers make a comeback. They have such a profound effect on their area of operations, drastically changing that environment. Cant think of another animal with the same capability.
The damn systems can be phenomenal works of hydraulic engineering.

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mtnforge
mtnforge
1 year ago

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.

mtnforge
mtnforge
1 year ago
Reply to  photog

A lodge is a good sign. They like a bank with undercut feature or where they can carve out a shute. Your little guy will cut the tender branches up and store them under the ice for when your pond freezes. Once the hole in the ice they try to keep open freezes up closed the bark of those branches will be most of their food supply. Open water is their means of defense. Otters will come thru occasionally hunting for fish, clams, crawdads and amphibian’s hibernating in the mud. They have wicked keen eye sight. If your lucky enough… Read more »

mtnforge
mtnforge
1 year ago

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 »