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Many Beavers Still Locked Under Ice

3-20-14 beaver on ice IMG_3980Although there have been sightings of beavers this spring, precious few beaver ponds have openings or ice thin enough for beavers to break through in order to procure fresh food. This photograph was taken one year ago, and one can only hope, for the beavers’ sake as well as our own, that temperatures rise soon. The winter supply of food beavers store under the ice in the fall may well be as low as many people’s wood piles are this spring, in which case, many beavers’ lives depend on the ice thinning soon.

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6 responses

  1. gwen

    Let’s go break some ice!

    March 26, 2014 at 11:45 am

  2. Kathie Fiveash

    In our area, the sides of the lakes/ponds melt first, I guess because of their contact with the dark shore. I’m hoping they can get out at the edges long before the deep ice is gone. On the lake right near my house they have somehow gotten through the ice right in their food storage area. Maybe they gnaw from below, or the bubbles from their breath create a thinner ice zone? Anyhow, though the lake ice where we are is more than a foot thick, the beavers are out.

    March 26, 2014 at 11:55 am

  3. We all must think, “THAW!”

    March 26, 2014 at 2:47 pm

  4. Kelly Dwyer

    A new beaver lodge I have been watching all winter had two chewed ice holes in the stream bed leaving the lodge. Flattened tracks from each hole led directly to high bush blueberries 35 feet from the water. This poor hungry fellow had dragged fresh-cut brush back to his stream and submerged it in the opening! As I approached the site yesterday, a turkey vulture was perched on a nearby snag, causing me momentary alarm, fearing that the beaver had met a predator during his daring, nighttime sojourn for food!

    March 26, 2014 at 6:29 pm

  5. Leslie English

    dear Mary Holland, I am concerned because a beaver lodge, which was downstream behind my house for several years and where I saw (and swam with) some beaver offspring, has disappeared completely. As thick ice floes were thrown up on the bank where it used to be, I assume the flooding/ice has destroyed it. Can beavers create a new lodge during winter, or could they survive without their lodge? I have seen fresh signs of beavers along the stream (gnawed-down saplings). hope you are well, best, Leslie English

    March 26, 2014 at 9:31 pm

    • Hi Leslie,
      If the lodge was displaced, the beavers most likely will seek shelter in a bank lodge (hole in bank), which they usually use when inhabiting a stream or river. They’ll probably continue using the bank den through the summer, although you may see them working on a lodge sooner than fall. They are super resourceful, and are probably fine.

      March 26, 2014 at 10:31 pm

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