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Beavers Released

Most beavers in northern New England have been trapped inside their lodge for several months, with their only food supply being the branches they cut last fall and piled up on the floor of the pond or river near their lodge. Ice has sealed them in, not only to a life of darkness and dampness, but to a diet of cambium. 

Needless to say, they are quick to take advantage of melting ice that allows them to exit their lodge and make their way to shore to sample fresh food.  One of the first delicacies they dine on, if it’s available, is skunk cabbage.  The rhizomes, leaves and flowers of both yellow and white pond lilies are also favorites.  No longer restricted to woody plants, beavers head for grasses, sedges, ferns, fungi, berries, mushrooms, duckweed and even algae as the water warms.  Their palate must jump for joy with the melting of ice in early March.

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4 responses

  1. Alice

    Given that they practice the equivalent of ‘quarantine’ every year, there should be a study done, how humans could follow their excellent example of sanity. How do they keep busy for so long in their lodges? Enjoy your food, Beavers! 😋😋

    March 12, 2021 at 11:47 am

  2. The prospect of freedom lifts all spirits!!

    March 12, 2021 at 11:52 am

  3. Very interesting Diet/Diets! Awesome! 🙂 ❤

    March 12, 2021 at 1:02 pm

  4. Char Delabar

    Hi Mary, I feel like a beaver must about being iced in. The sun and warm temps this week have given me energy and hope. I got a grin thinking of the beavers rushing to land for some fresh food that’s not cambium. Thanks for feeding my intellect all Winter, Spring, Summer and Fall. Char Delabar >

    March 12, 2021 at 1:04 pm

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