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Watershed Animal Spotlight — The American Beaver

Posted on: May 18th, 2020 by Irene Foster
North American Beaver (Castor canadensis)

North Amer­i­can Beaver (Cas­tor canadensis)


Have you ever looked at a stick and thought it looked super tasty? No? Well if you were a beaver you would eat tree bark and leaves, as well as aquat­ic veg­e­ta­tion. Recent­ly, Matt Savat­gy, our Water­shed Youth Edu­ca­tor, and I took a field trip to the Lit­tle Beaver Kill in Mount Trem­per.  We kayaked up the Lit­tle Beaver Kill (mak­ing sure we were social­ly dis­tant) look­ing for evi­dence of beavers for our new video series the Water­shed Ani­mal Spot­light. The star of our first episode is the Amer­i­can Beaver.

The Lit­tle Beaver Kill has a thriv­ing beaver pop­u­la­tion, and we were able to see many exam­ples of beaver activ­i­ty along the stream.  There was an assort­ment of dams, lodges, and canals that showed how busy the beavers have been. Beavers can build all of these because they are per­fect­ly adapt­ed for life in the water. Some of their aquat­ic adap­ta­tions include water­proof fur, trans­par­ent eye­lids that allow them to see under­wa­ter, and web­bing between the toes of their back feet that helps them to swim more efficiently.

Be on the look­out for large piles of sticks in ponds and streams, it just might be a beaver lodge. If you want to learn more about beavers, check out our new video by vis­it­ing the AWSMP YouTube Chan­nel or using the fol­low­ing link: