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Beavers’ Last Hoorah

11-22-13  beaver dripping 107We’re right on the edge of when beavers will no longer be able to smell fresh air, see the sun and obtain fresh bark. Until the temperature drops to around 16 degrees F. they continue to break through the thin ice covering their pond. Once the temperature drops to 16 degrees F., they no longer try to break through the ice and are sealed under it until spring, unless there’s a mid-winter thaw. Once they are confined by the ice, their activities outside the lodge are minimal. Beavers leave their lodge in winter primarily for two reasons: to swim out to their winter food supply pile and retrieve a stick which they bring back into the lodge to eat, and to defecate. Other than those excursions, they spend most of their day in the dark, enduring a lodge temperature of about 34 degrees F. (Thanks to Kay Shumway for photo op.)

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8 responses

  1. Lynne

    I am very glad I’m not a beaver! I can hardly endure the short days of winter above ground!

    November 22, 2013 at 3:05 pm

  2. Thanks, means i may be able to take more photographs of them!

    November 22, 2013 at 3:06 pm

  3. Cecelia Blair

    “You’d look like this too if you spent the winter in a pond!” is what I imagined this beaver saying.

    November 22, 2013 at 5:14 pm

  4. Ruth Whybrow


    November 22, 2013 at 6:22 pm

  5. Barbara Rhoad

    Was walking on backroads in Brownsville; passed by a beaver pond, the beaver was out of pond under an apple tree eating apples. Wish I had a camera.

    November 22, 2013 at 7:57 pm

  6. Robert Reeve

    HI. Click on the link and then subscribeit’s free unless you donate..

    November 23, 2013 at 2:50 am

  7. jean freebern

    What a life…but I know Beavers that never see the light of day!! Stay down forever!!!! ooooooooooh

    November 23, 2013 at 2:56 pm

  8. Like this shot a lot – the water on the whiskers pushes it over the edge!

    November 23, 2013 at 4:34 pm

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