When you blog, sometimes it just sits there read by very few people and sometimes that blog gets shared a lot and leads to very interesting things.
I blogged about my beavers and lo and behold I was discovered by beaver lovers and beaver experts! WORTH A DAM has gone and blogged about me blogging about my beavers! I spoke to the founder, Heidi, today for a long time about my beavers and got so much information that it was like a beaver banaza! Apparently out in the country where I live there are very few (okay none at all) beaver advocates. The answer is usually shoot them, trap them, move them, get rid of them.
Luckily, I happen to live on this property and I love those little critters and think it is truly spectacular to watch how they are adding to what was used to be a mushy wanna-be wetland. Now it’s a beaver haven complete with a series of ponds – 5 now!
AND they are a keystone species: A keystone species is a species that has a disproportionately large effect on its environment relative to its abundance. Such species play a critical role in maintaining the structure of an ecological community, affecting many other organisms in an ecosystem and helping to determine the types and numbers of various other species in the community. (thank you wikipedia)
BUT in order to keep the beavers happy and keep our land happy – we need to keep them from flooding the driveway. I have to send pictures to Heidi at Worth a Dam to share with experts and decided well, I’ll just keep you updated on my beaver love too!
The First Pond
Here’s the problem! This is a NEW pond forming downstream and that is our driveway going right alongside it. Based on the IMAX BEAVER video we watched on Netflix – those beavers are going to transform this wetland in no time – which may just flood this driveway! Oops. There’s a lot of hunters around these parts. After speaking to Heidi at Worth a Dam, I’ve learned that there are many ways to prevent this from flooding.
I’m so excited to be the only beaver advocate in my area. I told Heidi I’d been the first one at things before – why stop now?! So I’m going to do what I can to help the beavers keep creating their wonderful haven for themselves and a long list of new wildlife! We keep spotting gorgeous blue herons down there!