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Beavers Seeking Green Food

3-22-19 beavers 935Although spring is arriving a bit later than usual this year, there are beaver ponds where the ice has started to melt and resident beavers have wasted no time in exiting the water. (Where ice is thinning, they are known to bump their heads up against it in order to break through.)

Having had a diet of bark all winter (from the underwater supply of branches they stored last fall), beavers head for a greener diet if it can be found. Skunk cabbage, where it’s present, is the first fresh food of the season for beavers. The rhizomes (underwater stems) of water lilies, as well as the leaves and flowers when they appear, are also favorite foods. As spring advances into summer, grasses ferns, sedges, and all manner of herbaceous flowering plants are eaten.

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6 responses

  1. Bill on the hill

    Thanks Mary… Mr & Mrs Beaver seem to be enjoying the breath of fresh air…
    Spring WAS in the air until I awoke to the Nor’easter bearing down on me this morning.
    No matter, most if not all of it should be gone by mid week here in the highlands of N. Central Vermont.
    Then I will once again sing, ” Spring is in the Air! ”
    Bill… :~)

    March 22, 2019 at 8:32 am

  2. Alice Pratt

    Yummy, healthy, plant based diet. Hope they have a wonderful Spring!

    March 22, 2019 at 9:13 am

  3. Katherine Fiveash

    It must feel so good to get out into a wide space and eat different food.

    March 22, 2019 at 9:55 am

  4. Alice Pratt

    🤣 they had ‘dam fever’ 😬

    March 22, 2019 at 10:16 am

  5. Dave Taylor

    My beavers haven’t surfaced yet. I fed them well last summer so I hope they aren’t too hungry. Are there babies in the lodge now?

    March 23, 2019 at 11:30 am

    • Hi Dave,
      No babies yet. They usually are born in May or June, just after the two year olds leave the lodge to strike out on their own. So grammar they are still in your pond!

      March 23, 2019 at 3:11 pm

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