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Learned About the Seattle Beavers

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Today was an absolutely beautiful not-a-cloud-in-the-sky winter day, and what better way to spend it than at the beach.  We are so lucky to have Golden Gardens practically in our back yard.  It’s just about a mile away, and looked like this today:

Golden Gardens in January

After playing on the playground for a bit we headed over to the ponds near the north end of the beach, where there are usually a lot of ducks, birds, turtles, and one giant beaver lodge.  The kids and I climbed over a few of the chewed down logs and started to explore the area, and wow, I’m not sure how many beavers live there, but they are going to town on the trees.

beaver bites

And while it makes me sad to lose a tree, it makes me happy to know there’s this “wild” life so close to my house.  Which made me curious to know more about these urban beavers.  And here’s what I found out.

  • Beavers are North America’s largest rodents.
  • Beavers are nocturnal animals.
  • Beavers practically became extinct because of trappers and hunters, but their populations are now on the upswing.
  • “As beaver populations increase and urban habitat is improved, these territorial critters are returning in earnest to our local waterways.”
  • Beavers are living all over Seattle:  Lake Washington, South Lake Union, Thorton Creek and lots of other places.
  • The county doesn’t have an official policy for dealing with the beavers, but are wrapping many trees with chicken wire to save them.

I learned this stuff from this Seattle Times articles and this article.  Apparently humans are also putting their mark on the trees…