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Beavers Feeding Young

In summer Beavers spend considerable time on land searching for, cutting and bringing vegetation back to their young in the lodge.  Their woody plant preference (they eat large amounts of herbaceous plants during the warmer months, but also some trees) tends towards the inner bark (cambium) of willow, aspen, maple, birch, cottonwood, beech, poplar, and alder trees. This beaver, however, has retrieved a Red Oak sapling for its offspring.

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3 responses

  1. janetpesaturo

    Beautiful photo. I got some trail cam photos a few years ago of a parent hauling food with its kit following, learning the ropes. Fascinating creatures.

    July 29, 2019 at 8:08 am

  2. Alice

    Mary, you must have been happy watching this beaver! Just adding some variety to their young one’s diet.

    July 29, 2019 at 8:13 am

  3. Tamson

    I love the timing of your posts! Came across three beavers swimming in the pond in the woods behind my house last evening. First time I’ve ever seen any in that pond, and I hope it won’t be the last.

    August 2, 2019 at 11:29 am

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