Sunday, March 6, 2011

A Sign of Beavers

The great thing about living on our farm is the nature factor. When I lived in a suburban neighborhood, several years ago, nature was virtually absent. No rampant wildlife, little to no trees, and not a stunning sunset in sight. Now, however, we are enveloped in the trappings of nature everyday.
My son had been telling me about beavers that were on our property and I have to admit that I almost didn't believe him. He told me I needed to see it for myself and I let him lead me on a hike that ended up lasting a couple of hours. He showed me many trees that were on the verge of falling, just as this one is.
Then the real deal....a beaver dam. A serious engineering feat, in my opinion.
Here we have The Deerslayer himself showing just how strong it really is.

We also ran across some man made structures. I am sure the tree on top would have not survived if it had not been for the stone structure underneath.


And, what about you.....any signs of nature where you are?


51 comments:

  1. Love it! I learned to swim (or at least backfloat) by paddling around in the deeper water created by a beaver dam in the creek near our Wis. farm home. My older sister held onto my ponytail to keep me from going under so I could try to float without fear of drowning. :)

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  2. whoa thats impressive...

    XOXO
    www.alexandra-clements.blogspot.com

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  3. Nature signs? Oh my gracious. We have it all around us in every direction and we LOVE it. We are fortunate as yourself, to have a nice hunk of property to wander about and explore. Last spring I found my first deer shed, (dropped antler), and I've been looking every spring for the past 30 yrs. It was already laying there probably 5 yrs. at least all covered in moss and signs of old mouse chewings. My fav, tho, are the empty dens, once a den with a bear still in it, that was scary, and an active fox den. Those are treasured finds.
    I hope your beaver doesn't do too much renovation of your property. They can be quite destructive in their efforts to provide. I love your hardwoods.
    BlessYourHearts

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  4. How fun to see the work of these little construction workers. Are wildlife is mostly seen while on a hike on the mountain near the city. But when we first moved he I had a face to face with a raccoon. It was the first time I had ever seen one. I named him Peanut Johnson or PJ for shot. He would come to the window every night after our first visit. I hated leaving him behind when we moved.

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  5. animals and their instincts are truly amazing to me!

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  6. Years ago on a fishing trip, my dad ran upon a beaver dam. Always a teacher, he brought home a small nicely chewed piece of tree. We actually took it to school and my teacher ended up making a short study of beavers and their habitats with the class.

    You should bring these pics up at school. The kids would love it.

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  7. We don't have any beavers here on the farm, but we have plenty of squirrels(I know they're here cause I see broken and empty pecan and hickory shells), deer (I know they're here cause I see their footprints), moles (I know they're here cause they tunnel all over my yard),birds, turkeys.....

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  8. Farmchick -- the photo of the tree with the beaver's teeth marks is excellent. What a great find by your son. The dam they built is beautiful. -- barbara

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  9. Beavers are amazing! I always thought their dams must be pretty cozy on the inside. Here, we have plenty, plenty nature. The dogs love to chase the mongoose. But, they never catch them!!

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  10. The ponding water in our side lane from the monsoon that came through this weekend. Reminded that we don't have storm water drainage in the country like the city does. We have to wait for mother earth to absorb all the excess.

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  11. wow...that beaver was busy...

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  12. The farmers around here are not fond of beavers -- they dam up the creeks and cause flooding in the fields. My husband has been called upon to trap a few -- but you do have to marvel at their skills. :)

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  13. I have not seen beaver here on the farm, but lots of other things, fox dens, deer shreds, etc. I love it. Beavers are very impressive animals.

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  14. I love the beaver dam, what a great find! Here on our ranch we see deer every night when they come down to the commodity barn for dinner and we've been spotting a ton of hawks and some barn owls too. Love living in the country:)

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  15. That's some serious dam building, well mom went in the garden shed today first time in months, she had a jar of peanuts for the birds, but it seams the mice have taken to eating them is she didn't put te lid back on! the worst thing is they then have gone and nested in the cushons to the swing seat, she come out with smoke from her ears!! I won't put on here what she said you can guess that ;)
    Thanks for your visit.
    Have a good week
    See Yea George xxxx
    PS I like that book on your last post ;) one saying I can think of is Look before you leap, could be in there

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  16. Beavers are for real a sight to see. How the y work and build is amazing but, sad to say they can be very destructive as well.

    Whitetail Woods™
    Whitetail Woods Blog / Deer Hunting and Blackpowder Shooting at it’s best.

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  17. Ya, they will do great damage to waterways if left unchecked. Was it Bucky Beaver? Not Justin Beaver(sp? Beiber) was it? hahahaha Sorry, had to say that. Whoops! now your daughter is probably mad at me!

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  18. Birdman - I don't think my daughter will be too sad, but I kind of think Justin Beiber is pretty cute! HA!

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  19. Wow, they have been busy little beavers, haven't they?
    really pretty pictures......

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  20. I always lamented
    that Nature is far
    and yet so near but for
    the birds.

    I would love beavers but
    they need water to dam
    and mine comes from
    a hose.

    Your pictures are proof
    that given a chance Nature
    does good deeds for all
    who live to see them.

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  21. awesome.
    I've only seen a beaver structure once, they built a home in a pond/lake near where my family vacations. It wasn't a dam, but it was so cool.
    I love his name - deerslayer is kinda cool one must admit.
    Where I am- its all neighborhoody. But the land behind my house is protected - so we get deer in our yard eating shrubs, and rabbits which my labrador harasses, but the coolest thing in my opinion are the owls. They've been busy talking to each other in the last few weeks and you fall asleep listening to a chorus. I love the owls.

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  22. That's wonderful...we don't get enough water to have beavers around here...but a little fox got lost and ended up in our yard a while ago....our house is on the outskirts of suburbia and mountains...so you never know what you'll see!

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  23. Nice shots of the beaver dam. I wonder if the last pics wasn't an old spring that someone had rocked up? From the looks of the stream bed it looks like water is coming out from under the rocks.

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  24. Beavers--that's so cool! Here I am hearing more birdsong. I'm skeptical that spring will come, but the birds are believers.

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  25. Luckily there's your site to escape into nature and the good.
    Apart from a few flowers ... will have to try to find some nature; yet it might take a couple of days. Please have you all a good start into the new weeek.

    daily athens

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  26. That is so cool. My dad tries to tear down the dams created by beavers at a friend's pond because they cause so much flooding and trouble to the pond. I think beavers are pretty danged smart!

    No critters here in the city though that cause any trouble. :)

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  27. Beavers are nowhere to be found where I am, but we do have a few dogs and cats that don't wear collars or coats.

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  28. that is really interesting. I love the beaver pond.

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  29. Great shots - fantastic to live in such an interesting area and it sure beats the suburbs !!

    We're also fortunate enough to live with nature all around us and all sorts of wildlife (back in Canada, that is).

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  30. Your posts always bring to mind childhood memories for me. On my grandfather's farm was a beaver dam that we visited several times. I wish we could have seen a beaver.

    We visited an interesting part of our town history yesterday, but it was raining and I did not want to ruin my camera. If you could get pictures and post, it would be great. It is the old railroad tunnel on the north side of town. We hiked to it, in the rain, which the kids enjoyed. I would advise going before the snakes begin to crawl because it is perfect snake habitat!

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  31. Beavers are so interesting...and their dams are such engineering feats.

    I just got back home from Sydney, Australia! It was a quick, whirlwind trip but very loooooong flights to and from. It's a beautiful and friendly city..and has some strange wildlife I'll show on a future post!

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  32. Our only signs of 'nature' are pigeons and gulls dejections almost everywhere and the occasional rat around the filthest parts of our canals. Nothing to be proud of, as you see...

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  33. What an accomplishment; the beavers must be proud of themselves!

    Our only signs of nature are thousands of birds nesting frantically... and then, there's the racoon that lives in our sewer.

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  34. In Illinois we used to see a lot of beaver signs, but not here. We see lots of deer, turkey and coyote signs and an occasional badger now and again.

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  35. Beavers are wonderful creatures. They accomplish amazing feats with those little bodies and big,sharp teeth!

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  36. Just a little snow. and some misplaced birds.. Can't wait until it warms up just a bit more.
    Love those pictures! You must live in paradise!

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  37. Not a whole lot of nature around here unless you count the chickens outside my door. That's why I love your blog and pictures so much.
    I have never seen the workings of beaver before, but the results of what they do to trees could be devastating. The dam is amazing though as is the stone stucture under the tree. Loved my nature walk by way of your blog this morning.

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  38. how cool to have a beaver dam on your property! great fotos~

    signs of nature where i am? maybe a hint of red - just a little - in the tree branches outside my window. ever hoping for spring!

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  39. How cool! If we have beavers on our farm I've never seen them. I'll have to ask John. He would know.

    I love the opportunity of seeing/experiencing wildlife that living in a rural community provides. The other day I had gone out to pick up some lunch and ,as I was headed back to school, I saw 21 turkeys on the edge of the road in our high school principal's yard. I almost ran off the road counting them.

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  40. The beaver is a very intelligent animal, and little known !
    Thank you for this very interesting post !

    Bye :))

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  41. We still have lots of wildlife close by. The beavers can be very destructive with their dams. Several creeks around here have been made into marshes by the beavers.

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  42. Nature is one of the reasons we moved to our 11.5 acres almost 9 yrs. ago. We have our "little piece of water" that's stocked with fish so DH can fish whenever he gets the notion, which is anytime it's not snowing or raining! This yr. it looks like we've got 2 pr. of Canada geese that are sticking around and 2 pr. of wood ducks. We hope to see lots of little fuzzy babies come Spring. DH is also talking about buying some ducklings from our local Farm Depot to add to the mix. We've also been visited by a group of 5 does and one HUGE buck and a beautiful red fox. Nothing like sitting in a fishing boat and having a group of geese fly in over your head and land on the water in front of you!

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  43. The beavers are really working hard wherever they are!

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  44. It's amazing to see the work of these creatures.
    The nature experiences I have in my back garden are a little tame compared to this... Collared Doves, Magpies and Blue Tits. The next door neighbour has a garden pond and one of the frogs likes living in my Garden !

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  45. Absolutely no nature here in Chicago, much to my dismay :) But that's why we're packing up and heading out where there is more nature at our fingertips!

    I can't believe you've actually got a beaver dam! That is so dam awesome, he he.

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  46. Oh that is very cool! One of my favorite kiddie books from my childhood showed beavers snug up in their dry home and how the entrance was under the water...amazing look from the inside and the outside!

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  47. Nature is everywhere around us! I'm a city boy who followed his country girl wife back home to retire. We even get deer right outside our bedroom window and I had to chase a black bear off our neighbor's back porch last fall!

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  48. Yep! We are surrounded with coyotes, deer, some beaver, and the usual bunnies, possums, skunks, and wild game birds. Be care of that beaver dam. Those critters can really muck up your creek system. We have had to use an excavator to get the water flowing back on track!

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  49. Beavers are amazing! Makes me want to know who built the little bridge/road in the picture.

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  50. I live in the foothills of our city and we do have some "nature" around us. I love it too until Spring comes and it becomes a fight over my garden. Honestly i love it then too i just have to get more creative in my barriers to protect my growing veggies.

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